Excerpt: This lens is one of the finest lens I own. Excellent image quality, focal length FF equ. 82mm (for photographing people) and it's fast. Really excellent when used with higher resolution sensors such as 16Mpixels, 20Mp and 24Mp.
Pros: Fast with amazing color rendering, fast silent AF
Cons: Price, SDM (although does not seem to fail with this lens)
Excerpt: A great lens for artistic photography, this receiver is 85 mm 1.4. The only thing I do not like is the autofocus, it is much worse than my other lenses. Figure pleasant, sharp and expressive as crystal. My favorite lens Pentax
Pros: sharpness, artistic drawing, bokeh, not afraid of the sun on the forehead, working 1.4, easy focusing ring
Great, but slightly odd, strong chromatic aberrations, and
18 December 2014
Summary: BUILD: does not feel plasticky and feels very good. the focus ring has a very slight wobble which can affect if you're really sensitive to pin-pointing an object (e.g. the eyelashes), and also is slippier than my kit lens (18-135mm).
Excerpt: I have missed my 85 full frame from film days and this IS THE ONE to replace it. Have only had it a short while but am very impressed. Couldn't pass it up at the price (like new in box with caps and shade). Wonderful portrait lens...if anything it may be too sharp for that purpose.
Summary: Here I am several years after buying this lens on Amazon and I never cease to be blown away but what it can do. When I say what it can do and not what I can do I mean that. I am NOT a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination..
Summary: I've used cameras and lenses from almost every brand (film and digital) but I keep coming back to the prime lenses from Pentax because they are simply amazing. The SMC DA* 55mm isn't the newest lens in the Pentax lineup but it still rivals even the newest premium lenses from Nikon and Canon.