A good & reliable lens for a really good price...

Started May 4, 2012 | User reviews
hikenhi
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A good & reliable lens for a really good price...
May 4, 2012

To make a long story short, the FA 50 1.4 is a great lens for the cost that I paid for mine in used condition. It’s; very light and compact, focuses relatively fast on my K-5, produces a very nice Bokeh, and is pretty sharp at f1.8 or higher. The thing I like most about this lens over say the $650-800 DA*55 1.4, which you'll never find a used copy for under $500, is that I only paid $175 for mine in a moderately used condition. So, I get a lot more performance/price ratio and don’t ever have to worry about SDM failures, like I would on the DA*55 1.4, which is a KAF3 mount. When an SDM focussing system fails on a KAF3 mount, the lens has no redundant screw-drive auto focus like a KAF2 design. So it's a major pitfall on this type of lens.

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Pentax K-7 Pentax K-5 Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM +5 more
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