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Pentaxsmc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens
 
4.6

(based on 83 reviews)

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    (24)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (66)
  • Nice bokeh (57)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (56)
  • Consistent output (44)
  • Easily interchangeable (39)

Cons

  • Weak casing (10)
  • Plastic mount (5)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (56)
  • Landscape/scenery (35)
  • Weddings (31)
  • Night photography (30)
  • Sports/action (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (41), Semi-pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great budget prime

Bought this as the first prime lens for my new Pentax K-5 system. The first thing that struck me when I used it was how noisy the auto focus was. Guess years of...Read complete review

Bought this as the first prime lens for my new Pentax K-5 system. The first thing that struck me when I used it was how noisy the auto focus was. Guess years of Canon USM has spoiled me. After that auditory shock though, it was all uphill. The focusing is spot on on my K-5, and it is sharp from wide-open as far as I can tell. The Bokeh is nice too - much better than the Canon EF 50 F/1.8. But then that lens is half the price!I like the build and the design of the lens... solid plastic and compact. The plastic mount doesn't bother me... but yeah for $ + one could expect a metal mount.But we are paying for the Pentax clarity and contrast...both of which are there in loads. I think the bigger decision for potential buyers should be this against the trusty Pentax FA 50 F/1.4. You can get used copies of the same for the cost of a new 50 F/1.8. I decided for the new 1.8 because I believe that technology becomes better with time. Why buy old when one can buy new? ;) So far - haven't been disappointed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Plastic Fantastic

It is noticably soft wide open, so don't buy it for the speed. It's decent when stopped down to f2.8; by f5.6 it's as sharp as anything. Auto focus is VERY loud but...Read complete review

It is noticably soft wide open, so don't buy it for the speed. It's decent when stopped down to f2.8; by f5.6 it's as sharp as anything. Auto focus is VERY loud but quick.

The lens mount is plastic so I doubt it would stand up to heavy use. I honestly don't have a problem with the rest of the plastic. Structurally it seems sturdy enough, and plastic is probably more thermally stable than metal anyway. The mount though, should be a little tougher, in my opinion.

This one was included with the K-3 by B&H, so I'm grateful to have it and it will see some use, but overall it isn't as good as other normal primes. I'd say it's worth having in the bag just because it weighs next to nothing.

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5.0

Sharp, lightweight prime, Versatile.

By nbriz

from Kansas City, MO

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Plastic construction

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Street photography
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

Great lightweight, low light, sharp prime. Perfect for portraits, street shots, indoor shots. Definitely recommend it for Pentax users.

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5.0

excellent for the money

By reeser

from ct

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

    Good performance for the $. Build quality (plastic mount) seems to be adequate.

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    5.0

    great suprise

    By burntwood

    from ohio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Needs Better Mount

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

    i couldn't believe the photo quality of this lenseespecially at the cost point. it would be almost impossible to find one better. but i'm sure the k-5IIs has a little to do with it. very happy.

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    5.0

    High IQ and great value

    By wojtek

    from Portland, OR

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

    Really nice, fast prime, with high IQ and great value, especially when bought in bundled (I got mine with K5IIs). Soft wide open, but really sharp across the frame at f/5.6, focus is noisy but that's about only con i can find.

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    5.0

    This is a Great Lens

    By Wayne the shutter bug

    from Smithfield, RI

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

      I have used this lens indoors and outdoors with and without flash and with varying depths of fields. The lens handles it all.

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      4.0

      Thank you b and h

      By Don

      from El Paso Texas

      Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

      Excellent Well recommended product

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      5.0

      Must have.

      By JGreen

      from Houston, TX

      Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

      Great lens. Definitely a must have for you arsenal of lenses.

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      4.0

      Great

      By Moseley

      from NC

      Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

      Read the reviews, and this lense is as described. Accurate, great for the price, and a tad noisy. Love it.

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      3.0

      Lens is new but at moment I am not sure.

      By Dick

      from Chicago, IL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None Of Your Cons Apply T

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

      I just purchased this lens and have only experimented with it twice but at moment I am not so happy. First pictures came out all blue. Second try produced less then very ordinary shots. However I think that I am too new to post anything negative and please allow me a bit more time to experiment some more. I only purchased this lens because I was led to understand that prime lenses produced sharper images but like I say I think I am too early to really post my results for your next customer. Hopefully this coming Thursday I will be able to get out and try again. Supposed to be a nice decent fall day in Chicago and anxious to use this lens.

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      5.0

      Very good prime lens

      By Steven

      from Madison, Wisconsin

      Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

      No problems, easy to use, weather sealing a nice feature!

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      5.0

      Not too bad

      By JJ

      from New Jersey

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

          This is a great fixed lens. I bought it because the aperture goes as large as f1.8 and because it was on sale. I could probably benefit from a wider angle lens but I went for the larger aperture.

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          4.0

          Multi perpuse lens.

          By Al

          from New Jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

            Best results for me. Indoors or outdoors great pictures. Focus and automatic features all work well.

            Recommend a 50 mm lens for basic primary picture taking.

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            5.0

            The best of the Nifty 50s

            By RagmanJin

            from Drumheller, AB, CAN

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

              Side-by-side with the Canon 1.8/50, the Pentax blows it out of the water. Sharp as a syringe where you need it, creamy bokehliciousness where you don't. Beautiful colour rendition and very difficult to produce any ghosting or flare problems. Perfect for portraits.
              Everyone needs one of these in their bag — it won't take up much space.

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              5.0

              Great Lens

              By Sam

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

                I highly recommend having this lens with you at all times. This lens is awesome, especially for the price. Takes awesome images with nice bokeh. Have this lens on my camera (K-5iis) nearly all the time.

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                5.0

                Beautiful and sharp photos

                By Audrey

                from KY

                Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

                I love this lens, and it is my favorite. It takes very clear and sharp and colorful photos. Lens of choice. I recommend it!!

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                5.0

                Gem Of A Lens

                By Rick the Click

                from Tallahassee, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video

                  Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

                  This small lens weighs little and is bright and sharp. I find this lens a joy to use. Focus makes
                  just a slight sound and is fairly quick. If you are
                  going Pentax, this is a good one to have in your bag. Absolutely no kidding, I LIKE THIS LENS!

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                  4.0

                  the value proposition

                  By Pentax fan

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

                    this is a plastic lens (except for the glass obviously) but is well made and exudes quality. very sharp, able to render nice out of focus regions, fast AF (if a bit noisy but not objectionable). I'm glad i got it, especially bundled with a K5iis for $[$]which is a screaming bargain.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens for the price

                    By Nathan

                    from Stanford, CA

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • plastic mount
                    • Screw Drive

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Portraiture

                    Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

                    For the price, this is an excellent lens, though I would've preferred to see an internal motor rather than the screw-drive. The plastic mount shouldn't push you away unless you're planning on ripping it from your camera; in which case I think you have bigger problems to deal with.

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                    5.0

                    Value beyond the realm

                    By Brendan

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Street photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

                      It's rare to find values like this lens these days. I spent hours researching which prime lenses I would order along with my K-5iis and K-50. After reading many reviews, I came across the DxO Mark ratings for best lenses for the K-5iis. The DA 50mm 1.8 is in the top 3. The 35mm DA L F2.4 is right up there too. Sold! Yes, they are noisy, and they have a plastic mounting ring, but they feel well made for what they are. The quality of the images they produce, are far and beyond the realm that their price conveys.

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                      4.0

                      Fast Little Lens

                      By Dave

                      from Ft. Myers, FL. Gloucester, MA.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens:

                        This lens is compact and sharp. It's considerably smaller than my old SMC Pentax 50mm f1.4. But then I have a number of f 2.8 zooms that cover that focal length and so don't use a fixed focal length very often. My only complaint, and it doesn't matter that often, is that the focusing motor is noisy.

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