Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 55mm F1.4 SDM
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4 days ago
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.
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). When focusing, I am terribly annoyed by the squealing or squeaking sound that it makes on 98% of the time, regardless the subject or lighting or depth of field or focal length. I'm not sure if it's a defect.
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. I do a lot of nature/garden/wildflower photography and it is perfect for that. If I need to be really close i pull out the 50 macro.
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...in fact I rarely if ever venture out beyond the AUTO settings of my Pentax K5. I simply LOVE what this lens can do, amazing. I can't say enough about this lens and while it is costly...is well worth the investment.
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. I tried both the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f1.4G lens and the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 on a Nikon D7100 and neither of those lenses render images better than the Pentax 55mm on my K-5 IIs.