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How good is the Pentax-M 50mm 1.7 compared to other classics
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2023 7:42 am    Post subject: How good is the Pentax-M 50mm 1.7 compared to other classics Reply with quote

Hi there!
So let me ask you this.

How good exactly is the classic Pentax-M SMC 50MM 1.7 (And the M-50MM/2) compared to things like Konicas, Takumars, Canons and Zuikos of the same era?
Now when I say good I mean beautifully imperfect.

There is a thread on Pentax forums that discusses these old 50's and the general consensus is that outside of collector-status and special effects (like helios 100 blade iris etc), those cheaper 50mm like the 1.7 M and m/2 SMC really are just as cool and just as well-built!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2023 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The M-series 1.4, 1.7 and the 2 are excellent lenses, but each is a different animal (They are one generation after the Takumars)
I used them both in the film times, I have bought the 1.7 and 1.4 again in A-series as they communicate with thePentax DSLRs.
1.7 is a workhorse, sharp as nails, well built and excellent color rendition
2 was a good lens but the 1.7 blew it out of the water.
1.4 is a lot colder than the Takumars but sstill a great lens.

Check pentaxforums for reviews and tons of examples