Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4
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I got exactly what I paid for and wanted. It was a fair deal.
3 January 2014
Summary: Excellent little 50mm. Light weight, crystal clear, easy to use. All the auto functions work well and the added bonus of an aperture ring on the lens. Many new auto lenses do not have these rings anymore, which makes them less versatile when in use.
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.