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PentaxNormal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens
 
4.8

(based on 143 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (114)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (100)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (80)
  • Consistent output (62)
  • Easily interchangeable (59)
  • Durable (47)

Cons

  • Slow focus (7)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Night photography (58)
  • Portraits (58)
  • Low light (52)
  • General purpose (41)
  • Weddings (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (49), Photo enthusiast (27), Casual photographer (14), Semi-professional (14), Semi-pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't hesitate

I know what you are doing. You are sitting in front of the computer, weighing your options, doing the research and trying to justify purchasing a new lens. I've been there and chose...Read complete review

I know what you are doing. You are sitting in front of the computer, weighing your options, doing the research and trying to justify purchasing a new lens. I've been there and chose this lens. Trust me on this. Don't hesitate. Buy it. It is a marvelous lens with true versatility and amazing sharpness of focus and bokeh. If, like me, you have to date only been exposed to zoom lenses, the increased quality of this fixed focal lens will astound you. It is a steal at twice the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Focus issues, soft even when in focus

Had all kinds of problems with the auto-focus deciding it was in-focus, when it clearly wasn't, even in the eyepiece. Even when it got the focus right (or I did manually) it...Read complete review

Had all kinds of problems with the auto-focus deciding it was in-focus, when it clearly wasn't, even in the eyepiece. Even when it got the focus right (or I did manually) it was soft, even stopped down.

For the same price, my Sigma 28mm F/1.8 is a much better performer (plus it offers macro focusing.)

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5.0

Marvelous lens

By Bill

from Santa Fe

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

This Pentax 50mm f/1.4 lens is perfect for daily use. The focus is outstanding and the color is true in all light conditions.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes I would recommend it.

By Eugene

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

Excellent glass. Very sharp and precise . Great low light performance. Incredible optics for such old technology but PENTAX prove it again that they make high quality product with no exceptions. Get any lens from a past or new just use it for right sensor format. These 50mm f/1.4 is beautiful. Light weight, compact, fast, produce an excellent bokeh and have a very small DOF. Love that lens.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Looks good

By revdr

from Casper, WY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

    I use this lens to increase bokeh behind the subject. Works as I had hoped. Not the most expensive lens, but for f1.4 it will fit my needs nicely.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good for the price

    By CameramanMatteo

    from Vancouver, BC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

      Not too sharp below 2.8, but the colors are exceptional.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Lens

      By Seattle Photog

      from Seattle WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

          Amazing Bokeh and super sharp! Beautiful lens!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The lens has greater resolution

          By Tazman

          from El Cerrito, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

              The lens has greater resolution that the one that come with the body originally, and with is faster.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great portrait lens

              By Bob

              from NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                I use this lens to take pictures of my kids on trips, family parties, and social functions. The lens takes great pics of scenery in background as with a f 1.4 you have so much control of depth of field. Pictures are consistently sharp and professional looking. Lightweight and easy to change in a hurry. By far my favorite lens.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                really nice lens

                By cameramom

                from Goodyear, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                I really like this lens. The bokeh is great. I have had it for a few weeks and haven't taken it off my camera yet!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So much perfection!

                By LaurenOE

                from Orlando, Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Classic Design
                • Distance Scale
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Full Frame Compatible
                • Holds its value
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Getting More Expensive

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                The fact that this lens is still in production, testifies to how good it is. The colors, IQ, sharpness and the build quality make this a must have lens if you are a Pentaxian. I love that this is a screw drive lens without any hint of weakness. I love the metal lens mount. I love the aperture ring. Such a great piece of glass.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love this 50

                By Jay S.

                from Diamond Bar, Ca

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                  I bought this 50 to pair with my K-5 IIs body and I couldn't be happier. Its versatile and takes really nice pictures. I will eventually want a zoom lens for my K-5 iis, but in the meantime this lens will stay as my walk around. So, far my only complaint is that its not waterproof, other than that the lens feels heavy and solid.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  excellent

                  By Dan

                  from Melbourne, Australia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Very Sharp When Focused

                  Cons

                  • Inconsistent Focus On K-x

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Portrait

                  Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                  i bought this lens to supplement my 18-55 and 55-300 which i have used very actively on my k-x (i have taken over 50,000 pictures with the camera). i also have the M 50mm 1.7, but i thought it was time to get something with AF. I wanted it mainly for pictures (portraits) of my kids, and also for product shots which i do from time to time.

                  anyway, lens came, but very quickly i realised that it wasn't focusing perfectly. i have had the same issues with a tamron 17-50 2.8 and a sigma 17-50 2.8. occasionally lens focuses perfectly, but mostly a little in front. i made some adjustments to my camera using the debug mode. it helped, but surprisingly only at 1.4 (when focus is most critical), but ultimately i could not rely on it to focus every time, like i can with my other lenses. judging from my experience with the tamron and sigma lenses, i do believe it is the k-x's fault, which seems to prioritise speed over accuracy, and this is telling at f1.4.

                  i assume it will work better on the k-5, and i have considered buying it, but i don't want any more headaches with this, so i it back, to B&H, thanks to their 30 day money back guarantee.

                  i must add, that when it did get the focus right, the pictures are beautiful, although f1.4 is a little "hazy" and lacking in contrast (but this can be improved drastically in post-processing). at f5.6 its absolutely sharp, edge to edge. in fact, when viewed at 100 on screen, you cant tell if what you are seeing is 100% or not!

                  lens is compact and sturdily built, with a dense feel to it

                  focus is fast

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Fast Nifty Fifty

                  By SH

                  from Shanghai, China

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                    I mainly got it as a cheaper macro by reversing the lens with a K-mount adaptor.

                    It is one of the more expensive 50mm lenses, but it's a F/1.4.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    I´m happy and I would buy again

                    By ruiz

                    from caracas Ven

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                    no comments

                    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Purchased for indoor use, without Flash

                    By Rob-48

                    from NSW country, Australia

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                      on my K-01 MILC, it operates as well as can be expected, given the trashy focussing of the K-01

                      on my 35mm SLR film cameras, this lens is brilliant.
                      it takes great pics indoors, without flash, with lovely bokeh
                      it does the job i bought it for

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great lenses!

                      By MissouriGuy

                      from Kansas City

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                        I read many reviews before purchasing this lenses and it truly is a great little lens! It has not been off my camera since buying it. Very sharp from f2 on and higher. Fast focus! Well made. I highly recommend this lenses for general purpose and portrait photography. If you want great pictures you need to zoom with your feet! Haha

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Recommend for Portriats

                        By TheresaK

                        from Fargo, ND

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                          Great pictures, good lens!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          4.0

                          Good for the price!

                          By Bard Wasp

                          from Boise ID

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                            I bought this for both low light situations and for amature portrates of my grandkids and family. I've only got to mess around with it for one day for the later but loved the results. I was looking at it's newer brother and one by another company but what swayed me was the difference in cost.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great all around lens

                            By Rolis

                            from Fort Collin CO

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                              Purchased this lens and very happy. However, i kept reading about how soft it was at f1.4 Then i read in a camera forum that part of the problem was the lack of a lens hood. They noted technical reasons for it so i bought one and it does seem to be sharper.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              So Far So Good

                              By bri49

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                                I recently bought this lens to go with my new Pentax K-5. Coming from the Olympus system I was spoiled by the quality of my Oly 50mm. This lens does not dissapoint. Very fast autofocus, sharp, sharp images at f/4 onward but even decent at f/1.4 with very nice bokeh. The only negative (the reason for 4.5 instead of 5 stars) is the tendency for CA appearing around edges of sharply contrasting objects. This is typical of lenses originally designed for film cameras- something I was not aware of.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                First Non-Kit Lens

                                By rickalamos

                                from Los Alamos, NM

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Details
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens:

                                  I purchased the SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 lens to begin to explore depth of field and low light photography and have not been disappointed. As a beginner this lens is greatly expanding my knowledge by allowing me to quickly make and see the changes from adjusting iso, aperture and exposure and it has been fun adjusting the settings in Manual mode on my Pentax k-r.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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