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Small Pentax-A 50mm F1.4 test
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Small Pentax-A 50mm F1.4 test Reply with quote

SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4 found for just €10 The lens is known to be soft wide open. At F1.4/1.6/1.8 softness and contrast nicely clear up (100%):


PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Awesome lens indeed.

True - somewhat soft wide open (which could give you some artistic freedom).

But stopped down, it is crisp.


PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one.

It's good for cat's also and has excellent bokeh





Both at F1.4, cat on a 1cm macro extension ring and sharpened to get rid of some of the softness (don't use a clarity slider for that on a bokeh pic as it destroys the smoothness).


PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Small Pentax-A 50mm F1.4 test Reply with quote

D1N0 wrote:
SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4 found for just €10 The lens is known to be soft wide open.
All double-gauss fast 50s are soft wide-open. The SMC A should be among the better ones in this regard (apart from purple firing).


PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Small Pentax-A 50mm F1.4 test Reply with quote

y wrote:
All double-gauss fast 50s are soft wide-open. The SMC A should be among the better ones in this regard (apart from purple firing).


I know. This lens formula stems from the Super-Takumar 50mm 1.4 v2 (V1 was the famous eight element version) and it has remains in production in various claddings up till now (SMC Pentax FA 50mm F1.4). I don't mind. It ads character and is great for portraits.


PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats an awesome skyline shot btw.


PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luisalegria wrote:
Thats an awesome skyline shot btw.


Thank you - shot it last Friday I believe... Best of the bunch were those using the Pentax-A50/1.4 and the SMC Tak 35/3.5 - but the A50/1.4's stand out. I really dig that lens.