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Illuminati Jan 12, 2007 8:26 PM

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I just got a Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4 lens, along with other things (camera store robbed me broke). Never had a pure manual lens before, so this is posing a fun challenge. It's a great piece of optics so far. Here's the very first shot with my new lens:

Illuminati Jan 12, 2007 8:45 PM

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I gave DOF a quick test with the lens. So far so good.

Illuminati Jan 12, 2007 8:47 PM

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With my other lenses, indoor lighting is a disaster. Looks like I'll be all smiles when using this camera inside now (that's me, btw). I'm amazed at the DOF this lens can get!

DigitalAddict Jan 12, 2007 9:04 PM

Those 50mm are some real beauties, aren't they?

This is how LBA starts, BTW:-)
I started myself with a M 50mm F2 and got greedier with each "new" lens.
I am sure we will hear more like this from you soon:-)

Fred2726 Jan 12, 2007 10:03 PM

Your gonna love that lens... I have the 50mm-A-1.7 and indoor shooting never seemed easier.

Fred

Illuminati Jan 12, 2007 10:47 PM

I was hoping to obtain an A version of the lens, but the secret camera store didn't have any, and I'm too impatient to work for one on eBay. It's probably better for me to learn to use a manual lens to sharpen my skills.

Reps Jan 13, 2007 6:01 AM

Congratulations! - You have done it OK: as You see on B&H and other sources almost nothing respectable is left of Pentax SMC glass :-( IMO all Pentax 50s are superb and manual ones let You be even more creative- once You try it out You can realize that this AF/A is not so important afterall- IQ and no limits are the keywords IMHO!

Best and happy shooting with Your DSLR as in film days, JR


TDN Jan 13, 2007 6:43 AM

Illuminati wrote:
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I was hoping to obtain an A version of the lens, but the secret camera store didn't have any, and I'm too impatient to work for one on eBay. It's probably better for me to learn to use a manual lens to sharpen my skills.
I have the A 1.7 and it's great ;)

You're right though, it took a lot of patience to get one for a good price.

The program modes are handy though...

Congrats on the new lens!
This older glass is great, you really have some gems out there.

The A 50mm and the Kiron 105mm A I got were really one of a kind bargains. I'm scouting ebay nowadays to get some M42 lenses, real gems there too.

Jan 13, 2007 8:33 AM

i've had one for 29years and it's still a great lens. you're right about it sharpening your skills. you'll learn very fast to hit the Ae-L button..

roy


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