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Pentaxsmc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens
 
4.6

(based on 76 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (61)
  • Nice bokeh (53)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (51)
  • Consistent output (40)
  • Easily interchangeable (38)

Cons

  • Weak casing (9)
  • Plastic mount (5)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (51)
  • Landscape/scenery (32)
  • Weddings (28)
  • Night photography (27)
  • Sports/action (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67)

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

 

Lens is new but at moment I am not sure.

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...Read complete review

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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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

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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

Verified Buyer

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

        Verified Buyer

        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

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                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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                    5.0

                    good cheap lens

                    By sf

                    from ashland, OR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • No Bayonet For A Hood

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    It's very difficult to complain about this lens, which came bundled with my k3. In a time when all the manufacturers seem to be relentlessly pushing their lenses up-market and raising prices through the roof (Sigma is now getting [$] for a 50?), it's great to be able to have the option of an affordable 50. Yes, it's plastic and is a little noisy, but the image quality is excellent (one side-by-side comparison on the net shows it to better the Pentax 50 1.4). It's perfect for shooting the kids and anything else--I find the focal length the most useful of any lens. My only grip is that they could have designed in a bayonet-style lens hood mount (52mm thread, no bayonet), but you can always pick up a cheap threaded one. So far, it seems well-made.

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                    5.0

                    Beautiful lens!

                    By Ivan

                    from MD

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Best lens you can find for the $

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                          5.0

                          Love it!

                          By I want more

                          from Porterville, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              Since I purchased this it has not left my camera. It works well in lowlight and gives nice clear images. Now I'm saving up for my next glass purchase. This lens will stay part of my kit!

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                              3.0

                              Plastic Fantastic

                              By blurGasm

                              from Worcester, MA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • plastic mount
                              • Soft wide open

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

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

                              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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                              3.0

                              Great optics, so-so build

                              By beemac

                              from NorCal

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Weak Casing

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              This was bundled with a K-3. I didn't need another 50mm lens, but I'm happy with the picture quality from this one. Too bad they didn't equip it with a decent lens hood and a metal mount.

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                              4.0

                              nice addition to my lens collection

                              By Franny the Photographer

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                This lens is so light and portable I love it! I initially purchased the Sigma 50 mm f/1.4 lens which is probably higher quality but so large and heavy I knew it would get left behind. The quality of the Pentax f/1.8 is great and it fits easily in my camera bag with my 18-250mm & 18-50mm f/2.8 lenses

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                                4.0

                                Plastic Fantastic

                                By Shoot Like A Pro

                                from Billings, MT

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  It may be made of plastic but this is a nice sharp lightweight lens.

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