How good is the Pentax 50mm f1.2 A lens?

Started Nov 1, 2013 | Discussions
Peter Jonkman Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: How good is the Pentax 50mm f1.2 A lens?
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Shot wide open (check the 1:1 view in both cases):

hanhait Senior Member • Posts: 1,261
Re: How good is the Pentax 50mm f1.2 A lens?

'how good' is a difficult question, depending on what you mean by 'good'.

I would not take as major or main lens to take pictures with; just because of no autofocus, outdated coating,  risk of flare, just not really prepared for the digital/automated age, contrary to the K3 itself.

If you take it besides your 'normal' equipment and consider it as special fun, you can admire the build, the solid weight - together with the K-3 you have quite a brick - and the pictures at 1.2  you cannot take with any other lens; just focus manual in live view.

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Joseph Tainter Forum Pro • Posts: 10,071
Re: How good is the Pentax 50mm f1.2 A lens?

I took this in Milan in 2006 with the A 50 F1.2 and the *ist D.

JeffAHayes
JeffAHayes Senior Member • Posts: 1,968
Re: How good is the Pentax 50mm f1.2 A lens?

Mel P wrote:

I would like to get a fast short telephoto/portrait lens and I was wondering how the overall sharpness of the 50mm f1.2 A compared with the 50mm f1.4 FA and any other Pentax lenses in this category you might be familiar with. I plan on buying a K-3 and using the lens with this camera. Thank you for your help.

1.2?!?!? How come folks always stop THERE????? I wanna F 1.0 lens!!! When's somebody gonna come out with one of those?!?!?

OK, OK. I admit it. I've been here too long... time to go do something else for a while...

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A word is worth 1/1000th of a picture... Maybe that's why I use so many words!

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Petroglyph
Petroglyph Veteran Member • Posts: 6,052
Re: How good is the Pentax 50mm f1.2 A lens?

JeffAHayes wrote:

Mel P wrote:

I would like to get a fast short telephoto/portrait lens and I was wondering how the overall sharpness of the 50mm f1.2 A compared with the 50mm f1.4 FA and any other Pentax lenses in this category you might be familiar with. I plan on buying a K-3 and using the lens with this camera. Thank you for your help.

1.2?!?!? How come folks always stop THERE????? I wanna F 1.0 lens!!! When's somebody gonna come out with one of those?!?!?

OK, OK. I admit it. I've been here too long... time to go do something else for a while...

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A word is worth 1/1000th of a picture... Maybe that's why I use so many words!

Isn't there a f/0.8 lens made by someone floating around?  Maybe I was reading about focal reducers and came across that.  Since I find even f/1.4 too shallow for my purposes (eyes in focus ears often not at 135 format anyway) I haven't paid much attention.  I seem to have read the 50/1.2 was pretty soft at 1.2 but some of the shots poasted here with it look pretty good to me.

Cheers.

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