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Pentax smc DA 55mm F1.4 SDM

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Overall 10
10

I simply LOVE what this lens can do

L. Bradshaw, Amazon
20 October 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

The best short (indoor) portrait lens for Pentax

Jerry Jackson Jr., Amazon
25 August 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

am.syn, pentaxforums.com
18 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Great successor of the FA 85. It´s very sharp, clear, excellent colours and has a wonderful Bokeh...dreamy. The AF works well and is on the point.
  • Pros: Fast and Sharp
  • Cons: none
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Overall 10
10

Five Stars

killmurer, Amazon
13 July 2014
  • Summary: Amazing lens. Sharp and fast. Somewhat heavy, but the seems to be solidly made. Smooth focus ring.
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Overall 10
10

A good lens.

skyer17, Ebay
5 May 2014
  • Summary: This lens is highly regarded. I like it too. It is sharp from 1.4. At 1.6 it becomes very sharp. Its bokeh at wide apertures is a bit nervous. I've got to investigate this issue later.
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Overall 10
10

Wow

P. Green, Amazon
9 April 2014
  • Summary: I am hard to please and guess what? This lens has exceeded my expectations. I love this lens and would highly recommend this lens. It is worth the cost of the lens.
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Overall 10
10

Perfect even with small disadvantages!

avatar1980mikhail, Ebay
20 February 2014
  • Summary: I bought that lens for shooting a portraits. I needed small DOF and good separation from background. Pentax SMC DA 55 mm F/1.4 SDM have only small disadvantages: the first is size (but for 85mm eqiv. it is nothing) the second is purple fringing in background with open wide apertures (but probably because of that lens have such great bokeh! yeah!) and thirds (the most important) is flares in back-light shooting. Build quality is great. Speed of AF is enough for portrait.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

zbrueningsen, pentaxforums.com
4 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Incredible lens. Optically is as good as it gets. This is my favorite lens and it has done wonders for me. At F 1.8 you can put this on a 24x36 and have no issues with sharpness or rendering. It truly is an amazing gem when it comes to resolving power.
  • Pros: Colors, Sharpness, Bokeh, 1.4, Weather Sealed, Captivating image quality
  • Cons: Autofocus is slow/flaring and aberations
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

elfius, pentaxforums.com
3 February 2014
  • Excerpt: When I bought the K-30 I knew from reviews and pictures on PF that I wanted this lens as I was interested in portraiture and night shots. It was my first prime after the kit 18-135 WR that came with the K-30. It has not disappointed me so far and rarely leaves my K-30 to the detriment of my 21 Ltd, 31 Ltd and 100 Macro WR. As a beginner in photography , I found this lens easy to use compared to the 31 Ltd.
  • Pros: Bokeh, colour rendition, SDM, Quick shift, WR.
  • Cons: Sometimes AF misses and is a bit slow, price.
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Overall 10
10

A huge upgrade for any Pentax DSLR

Amazon
28 January 2014
  • Summary: This lens is such a huge improvement over the standard kit lens. When I first acquired my Pentax Kr, I was very happy with the camera as I got back in to photography after being away for 15 years. The Kr is my first digital SLR and I felt that I could achieve great quality pictures without film with a reasonably priced kit. After 18 months, however, I was finding that there was still a quality to my images, particularly of people, that was lacking.
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