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Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens

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The Pentax smc P-D FA Macro 50mm f/2.8 is designed to be extremely compact and lightweight, compared to conventional macro lenses. The drastic downsizing and weight reduction were achieved through the development of compact, high-performance optical elements and the incorporation of durable yet lightweight exterior components.

This lightweight macro lens features an image circle to accommodate up to 35mm format and offers close-up to 1:1 life-size magnification.

The smc P "D" lens series is designed to optimize image quality in both digital SLR and film photography. Improvements include optimized lens coating along with curvature and positioning of optical elements. In particular, flare and ghost images - the most disturbing factors in digital SLR photography - have been reduced to minimum for clear, high-quality digital images.

Close focus capability of 7.7" (19.5 cm)
Built-in focus-clamp mechanism to fix focus at any distance
Metallic lens mount for extra durability
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Pentax K
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Angle of View 47°
APS-C Picture Angle: 31.5°
Minimum Focus Distance 5.91" (15 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.6 x 2.6" (6.60 x 6.60 cm)
Weight 9.3 oz (264 g)
Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens
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    PentaxNormal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens
     
    5.0

    (based on 19 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Consistent output (12)
    • Easily interchangeable (12)
    • Nice bokeh (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro photography (13)
      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Low light (4)
      • Wildlife photos (4)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (10), Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Should be on your camera or in your bag!

      By Sportsgal501

      from New York City

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Low Light
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

        I haven't used a 50mm since I owned a Ricoh back in High School. Sharp, fast, awesome in low light, excellent macro and light weight. I'm coming from a Sigma 17-70mm on a Canon 50D.I switched to a Pentax K-5II's a month ago because I wanted something lighter to carry around. Extremely happy with my decision to switch brands.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Right on the Money

        By One Happy Shutterbug

        from San Francisco

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photographyl

          Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

          Images are razor sharp. Focus operation is fast and dead accurate. Macro is marvelous, especially set to manual focus, able to get as close to only 1.5" away from the tip of the lens, producing crystal clear images.

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          5.0

          Excellent macro and general purpose lens

          By George

          from Chaplin, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Great Standard Lens
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

            I put this on my new K-3 a couple of weeks ago, and have not taken it off. It is a nice all around lens. The auto focus has been spot on, and the manual focus is smooth and precise. Excellent images.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Macro Lens

            By Fred the bummer

            from California

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

              This lens is perfect for my wife. She is short and the focusing distance is down to 4 inches. Experimenting with amcro shots of bugs, spiders, webs, portraits, and anything one can think of produces magnificient shots! Definitely a valuable lens to have in one's bag.

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              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great lense

              By Justintime

              from Sydney, Australia

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Sharp
              • Well built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Portrait

                Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                I've been using this lense for two weeks now and has no regret of buying it. It's a sharp lense producing great photos. The macro capability is an icing on the cake. Very well built for its price.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Lens for K-5

                By texasgirl

                from Kerrille, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                  This is a great "normal" and macro lens -- does it all -- sharp. LOVE it.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great piece of optics!

                  By Pr Steve

                  from NW Montana

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                    While I haven't had the chance to put this baby really through its paces yet, ititial tests really impress. It's light and compact design complement the Pentax body, yet it seems sturdy enough to handle the field use I expect to give it. Display and controls are smooth and easy to manipulate and read. Highly recommended.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Will look to B&H for future photo needs!

                    By Shuzi

                    from Philadelphia, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                      Bought this lens after trying an extension tube for macro photography. Very happy with new lens, glad I made the investment. Great customer service, quick shipping and arrived as estimated. Will look at B&H for all future photography needs.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      a very cool lens

                      By Trocas

                      from Santiago, Chile

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                        great for macro photo!!

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Wonderful bokeh macro lens

                        By SandyLilyGirl

                        from Bluegrass of KY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Tripod needed sometimes

                        Best Uses

                        • FLOWERS INSECTS
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                        I mostly use this lens for close up photos of flowers and butterflies. The camera never mistakenly focuses on a nearby object if I manual focus onto the object as a rough focus, then autofocus for the final shot. Pictures of items that are very close, such as 10 inches, are stunning. Would be an excellent camera for capturing jewelry, coins, stamps etc.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Pictures worth [$]

                        By Little Creek Farm

                        from Delmar, DE

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                        When this lens first arrived at my doorstep I opened the package and saw this very small lens I had just saved [$] from my minor paychecks to buy. Starting to regret the purchase I attached it to my Pentax Kx and started shooting anything I could find. First it was screws and nails, then eventually coins stacked on top of one another. The lens sharpness is incredible and color rendition is superb. I really love the quick shift focus system going from auto to manual with a slide of the focus ring. The only problem I could see some people getting irritated about is if you are not trying to put one very small spot of the picture in focus this may not be the lens for you. Unless your subject at a macro magnification is completely side towards the camera everything else is out of focus. But for me I love this and was my main reason in purchasing it. Being my first actual purchased lens for my hobby, I would do it again if I had to.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Small Lens - BIG RESLTS

                        By Deno Langis

                        from Elysburg, PA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                          I've been a Pentax user forever, but bought other brand lenses. My first Pentax lens is a real winner. Everything is a plus - size speed, incredible clarity and super bokeh. Buy it, folks!! You won't be disappointed!!

                          Deno Langis

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Does exactly what I wanted

                          By suenalex

                          from Brisbane, Australia

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                            I am a hobby photo person, not really an enthusiast. Usually I use an 18-250 Tamron lens which covers most of my needs, especially when travelling. I'm now getting more interested in photography, so I bought this lens particularly for informal portraits of family and friends indoors and for macros when I'm out and about.

                            The points I like: very sharp lens, excellent image quality, great colours in the images. A great 50 mm all-rounder.

                            Dislikes: sometimes the AF hunts backwards and forwards before making up its mind with close-up macro shots. This can slow down the capture of an image at times, but I can certainly live with it. Otherwise the AF is very accurate and very fast.

                            Overall, I'm very happy with it and would buy it again in an instant, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a 50 mm fixed focal length.

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                            5.0

                            Great Fun!

                            By SAM

                            from Boise, Idaho

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                              As expected this is a fast, versatile lens for taking macro photographs. I have not used it much yet but have had some great success taking photographs of flowers & bugs & look forward to more adventures. Like all Pentax products it is a fine, well made lens.

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                              5.0

                              what a lens

                              By mmarko

                              from zagreb, croatia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp images
                              • Usability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Close up photo
                                • Product Photography

                                Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                                I use this lens for close up of flowers and some insects and I am very satisfied. for real close up use manual focus. really sharp from f4-f16

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                                5.0

                                Close up

                                By danecs

                                from Perth, Western Australia

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Sharp Focus

                                Cons

                                • Short working distance

                                Best Uses

                                • Close up
                                • Macro
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                                I got this lens to compliment the 100mm.
                                I find it a more versitile lens than the 100mm, I don't have to change lenses or walk to the other side of the greenhouse to frame a 4inch pot and can go straight on to shooting close to 1:1 again without missing a beat.
                                Its downfall is it lacks the working distance of the 100mm at high magnification.

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                                5.0

                                Outstanding lens!!!

                                By Alex J

                                from San Jose, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • 1 to 1 Magnification
                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Sharp Focus
                                • Short min focus distance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Close-up photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                                  Great for closeups of wildlife, small objects, and other objects with a high level of detail (my cat's eye comes to mind). It is not the smallest lens I own (my Pentax f/1.4 50mm), so that's a minor detractor.

                                  I chose this lens over Pentax's more recent SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited lens because this will fit both my film and digital SLRs. I really enjoyed the Limited, but the lack of backwards compatibility with older camera bodies killed the deal for me.

                                  However, I'm very pleased I went with this lens - tight closeups, very sharp images, decently fast at f/2.8, and no complaints. This is my first macro, but I'm impressed by the 1:1 magnification and short minimum focus distance. I'm looking forward to using this lens more often!

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                                  5.0

                                  Have to try it more.

                                  By Wut

                                  from Bloomington, IN

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                                  I just tried it only one time. I can hardly say much about it. It seems to be o.k.

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                                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Reliable and Easy

                                  By Hugo

                                  from Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Sharp Focus

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Dental Photography

                                    Comments about Pentax Normal smc P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens:

                                    I'm getting very sharp images with high precision auto-focus system !!! With this 50mm lens you can be closer to the patient's mouth, and the ring flash yield gets much better.

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