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Pentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4

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Overall 8
Value for money 9
Features 8
Picture quality 8
Ergonomics 8
Build quality 9

Expert Review

DP Review
27 July 2008
  • Conclusion: If you've already read our reviews of either the Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM or the Nikon AF-Nikkor 50mm F1.4D , then our findings for the Pentax equivalent won't come as much of a surprise. Clearly the conclusions are a little abbreviated in comparison, as Pentax currently only offer APS-C format DSLRs, but the lens's properties are extremely similar.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality when stopped down to F2 and smaller, Very low lateral chromatic aberration, Almost no rectilinear distortion
  • Cons: Very soft wide open, Extremely 'busy' rendition of out-of-focus backgrounds at wider apertures (larger than F2.8), Bokeh chromatic aberration, most visible at wide apertures (F1.4-F2.8)
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smc FA 50 mm f/1.4

14 June 2010
  • Conclusion: Although the “cons” list consists of as many as five items, the overall performance of the lens should be assessed as good. This device seems to be a tad better suggestion than the Pentax 2.8/40 Limited, tested before – mainly because of better results at the edge of the frame. Up from f/2.8 aperture the lens generates outstandingly sharp images.
  • Cons: noticeable „soap” by f/1.4,, high chromatic aberration,, narrow and not very comfortable manual focus ring,, weak work against bright light at the maximum relative aperture,, too high coma.
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Overall 7
Value for money 9
Overall quality 6
Build quality 7

Pentax SMC-FA 50mm f/1.4 - Review / Lab Test Report

9 August 2008
  • Conclusion: The Pentax SMC-FA 50mm f/1.4 is an oldie but a goodie. At medium apertures the lens is capable to produce stellar resolution figures. Typical for such lenses the results are a bit soft at f/1.4 and less so at f/2 but still usable. Distortions and vignetting are very well controlled. Lateral CAs are a little on the high side for a fix-focal. The build quality of the lens is just fine - same goes for the AF performance.
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Expert Review

27 August 2006
  • Summary: Choć lista wad zawiera aż pięć pozycji, ogólne zachowanie obiektywu należy ocenić dobrze. Wydaje mi się, że jest on ciut lepszą propozycją od testowanego uprzednio Pentaxa 2.8/40 Limited - głównie za sprawą lepszego zachowania na brzegu kadru. Od f/2.8 obiektyw generuje wybitnie ostre obrazy. Przy f/2.0 zastrzeżenia można mieć do brzegu kadru, a w trudnych warunkach oświetleniowych na pewno niejeden fotograf wykorzysta przysłonę f/1.4.
  • Pros: solidna a jednocześnie niewielka obudowa,, świetna jakość obrazu począwszy od f/2.0,, mała dystorsja,, akceptowalny astygmatyzm,, dobra praca autofokusa,, stosunkowo dobra transmisja,, po przymknięciu przysłony dobra praca pod ostre światło.
  • Cons: zauważalne "mydełko" dla f/1.4,, duża aberracja chromatyczna,, wąski i mało wygodny pierścień manualnego ustawiania ostrości,, słaba praca pod ostre światło dla maksymalnego otworu względnego,, za duża koma.
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