Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4
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great quality lens
5 July 2013
Summary: Although is a little bit heavy it is a very nice lens for doing portraits. I use to have an old manual lens and sometimes I couldnt capture the moment so that is why I decided to get this auto and manual focus lens.
A great value for an upgrade to the M or A 50 f/1.4. Sharp and fast.
7 August 2012
Summary: The FA 50 f/1.4 is a great little lens. The AF is very fast and accurate. Having owned both the Pentax-M 50 f/1.4 and Penatx-A 50 f/1.4, I really wanted an autofocus version of this excellent lens. One of the complaints I had heard about the FA 50 f/1.4 was that it is soft wide open. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is actually sharp wide open - sharper than either my copies of the M or A versions. It can even rival my F 50 f/1.7.
Summary: I recently bought this lens and used it extensively on my holiday. Before that I used only 18-55 kit lens so it took me a little time to get used to a prime. It's beautifully built. I just love it's small size and compactness. I use Pentax k-x which is small camera so the whole setup is pretty small which makes it perfect for it's main role, portraiture, because you can get close to people without having the effect of a tank barrel in their face.
Summary: The FA-50mm f/1.4 is a good fast lens, similar to the M-50mmm f/1.4, which is manual. The only advantage I see over the M lens is that it can focus automatically on a digital camera. Optics are about the same. In fact, I would say that the M lens has a probably better IQ than the FA. However, since I always shoot manual, I see no much difference. The difference in price between the M- and the FA- series lenses is to exaggerated. Overall, I am happy with the purchase.