Hands-on with the Pentax HD FA* 50mm F1.4
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Hands-on with the Pentax HD FA* 50mm F1.4

So it's big, it's heavy and it's very sharp. But is it worth $1200? That's a hard question to answer, given the paucity of other options for Pentax full-frame users. Older Pentax primes are showing their age, and currently, third-party 50mm options for PK mount are non-existent. Right now, for Pentax users wanting a modern fast 50mm, the HD FA* 50mm F1.4 is the only game in town.

Speaking of third-party options, the Pentax HD FA* 50mm F1.4 is almost certainly an OEM product, and bears a striking external resemblance to the recently-released Tokina 'Opera' 50mm F1.4. This isn't particularly significant (the Pentax 15-30mm F2.8 and 24-70mm F2.8 look suspiciously similar to Tamron-branded lenses, for example) and this kind of an arrangement makes sense given the relatively small market for Pentax full-frame glass.

Currently we don't know much about the Tokina Opera beyond the fact that it will be available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts (schematics and detailed specifications are yet to be released) but we're interested to compare the two lenses as soon as we get a chance.

Check out our full gallery of samples from the Pentax HD FA* 50mm F1.4