Summary: This is my 3rd lens in this range. The other two are M50 f/1.7 and K55mm f/1.8. While I like the f/1.7, it is manual focus only. Even though I still do MF for static subjects, there are many other situations that are better served with AF.
Summary: This lenses takes extremely sharp pictures. I've found out they work best at f/1.8 and f/2.0. Bokeh is amazing - like a work of art, I just love the way it blends all colors in the background. It actually does a better job than my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI LD (IF) Macro.
The simple joy of fixed-zoom photography, with an f1.4 aperture
Lisi Cai, Amazon
18 May 2011
Summary: It's been months since I bought myself a 50mm f1.4 Pentax lens, the first fixed focal length SLR lens in my arsenal. Sure enough the first things I feel is how different, if not difficult, it is to change my way of shooting photographs, especially when my everyday lens is the famously discontinued...
Summary: The "nifty fifty" is the best lens I own. It is challenging to use because it doesn't zoom and the aperture opening up to 1.4 makes for a razor thin DOF. You can actually take a picture where the subjects eyes are in focus and their nose isn't!
Summary: Great lens, I love it. My favorite lens by far. I bought it new on Amazon for less than two hundr. less than 2 years ago--so the price has really shot up. Try to find a deal if you can, but the lens is so worth owning.
Summary: I must say, stepping up to a DSLR from a point-and-shoot camera was one of the best decisions I've made regarding electronics; the picture quality is out of this world, and I can take shots in challenging lighting that allows me to get pictures of my ever-moving daughter that I never could dream of...
Summary: Its really a shame the price of this lens has gone up so much recently because this is one lens we should all own. Not for the fixed length and how it forces you to move around but for the speed! If someone made an affordable f/1.4 18-55 zoom I would buy that instead.
Summary: The focus of this lens is spot on. For a fast lens with a shallow depth of field it focuses very well. It has great bokeh and good brightness. This is one of Pentax's great lenses an deserves to be a part of every Pentax owners kit.
Summary: I love this lens. I forget how inexpensive it is. The low light capability and sharpness are great. I forgot how good it was in the old film days to have a kit full of f1.4 and f2.8 prime lenses. My exisitng light bride photos are going to be enhanced greatly.