What's better, Pentax FA 50mm f1.4 or Pentax DA 50mm f1.8?

Started Jan 27, 2013 | Questions thread
Twong
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Re: Pentax 50mm Prime Lens Shootout !
In reply to liviutza, Jan 27, 2013

I have quite a few 3rd party lenses in my collection. Some recent Sigma fixed are extremely good, and 70mm f2.8 macro is one of them. The discontinued 100-300 f4 is another top performer. As for the 50mm, I am not about to dump FA f1.4; it is still a good performer and great value - I already own one.

liviutza wrote:

However, both are inferior in image quality to the Sigma 50mm f 1.4; as much as I like the Pentax brand (and my K-30) their 50mm glass, especially the f 1.4, is overpriced compared to the competitors without any significant benefits. It's a bit of a special situation anyway - one of the few cases where 3rd party manufacturers have a 'best in class' lens - in this case the Sigma 50mm comes on top of all big names.

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Pentax K-5 Pentax K-5 IIs Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4 Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Pentax smc D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR +16 more
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