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The one perfect lens

by Snap Turtle on 1/18/2011

If I had to chose a single lens and no others, this would probably be it. The substantial, solidly-built Pentax P-FA 50mm 1.4 is fast and sharp. It autofocuses extremely quickly, but is easily converted to a manual lens if desired via a switch on the body. Image quality is outstanding, even magical. Moreover, the P-FA 50mm lens is compatible with Pentax 35mm film cameras as well, so if you have a Pentax ist or K1000 or any other Pentax 35 mm interchangeable lens camera you can enjoy the benefits of this 50mm lens in the gooey, gorgeous analog context of film (I have yet to use mine this way--but will soon). Remember that this can not be said of all "digitally optimized" lenses from Pentax which usually lack an aperture ring, and really only work with Pentax APS -C digital cameras (so not 100% backward compatible, unlike the P-FA 50mm 1.4). To get this kind of flexibility, speed and quality in another Pentax lens product you would probably buy a Limited lens for around $1,000 and up. This 50mm is a bargain in comparison. One thing I noticed is that this lens looks different then other available Pentax lenses. I would not be surprised if it is not fazed out in favor of newer but less flexible and desirable glass--other 50mm products are being introduced by Pentax but these are slower and less flexible than P-FA 50mm. I would strongly recommend picking up a 50 mm now if any of these qualities interest you.

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The Pentax smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 lens provides an angle of view and perspective similar to the human eye. Its natural perspective of subjects makes it ideally suited for everyday use including indoor photography, traveling, and hiking. Like every Pentax lens, the smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 lens features our acclaimed smc multi-layer coating to lower surface reflection, reduce ultraviolet rays, and deliver clear, high-contrast images.

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Manufacturer Pentax
Mfg Part# 20817
SKU 206721262
UPC 027075030534
UPC 14 00027075030534
Features
Product Type Lens
Manufacturer Part Number 20817
Manufacturer Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product Name smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 Lens
Product Line smc
Product Series P-FA
Brand Name Pentax
Application/Usage Camera
Package Contents smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 LensLens CapRear Lens Cap
Compatibility Pentax 35mm SLR Cameras
Weight (Approximate) 7.80 oz
Diameter 2.5"
Depth 1.5"
Lens Type Fixed Focal Length
Filter Attachment Diameter 49 mm
Fixed Focal Length 50 mm
Maximum Aperture Fixed 1.4
Tech Specs
Product Type Lens
Manufacturer Part Number 20817
Manufacturer Website Address www.pentaximaging.com
Manufacturer PENTAX Imaging Company
Product Name smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 Lens
Brand Name Pentax
Package Contents smc P-FA 50mm F1.4 Lens Lens Cap Rear Lens Cap
Compatibility Pentax 35mm SLR Cameras
Weight (Approximate) 7.80 oz
Diameter 2.50"
Depth 1.50"
Lens Type Fixed Focus
Lens Construction 7 Elements in 6 Groups
Filter Attachment Diameter 49 mm
Fixed Focal Length 50 mm
Maximum Aperture Fixed 1.4
Product Attributes
Product Line smc

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