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Old Dec 16, 2006, 3:03 PM   #11
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If anyone has a source for this lens also please let me know!
Watch this forum and the Pentax SLR forum on dpreview. When the FA 50 F1.4 comes into stock at Adorama or B&H, a message is often posted. If you act quickly, you may be able to order a new one.

Also check to see if they can be back-ordered. They've been in and out of stock several times in past few months (judging from the board messages) so they are available if you're willing to wait.

I'm amazed at how much brighter and sharper my Sigma 28 F2.8 is compared to the Sigma 18-125, and a good fast 50 is a whole stop faster than the 28. You have to be careful with the depth of focus, though, it's thin wide open on the 28, and probably razor-thin on the 50. Shooting at infinity focus, which is 12+ feet on my 28, the problem mostly vanishes. But with short range shots, a fast lens makes you really learn how to manage your aperture setting to get the depth of field you want.

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Old Dec 16, 2006, 10:10 PM   #12
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I just placed an order from Beach Camera for the Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 for $200, and there is also the $50 rebate, 1 year warranty. I got the confirmation e-mail and will cross my fingers!!!
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If anyone has a source for this lens also please let me know!
Watch this forum and the Pentax SLR forum on dpreview. When the FA 50 F1.4 comes into stock at Adorama or B&H, a message is often posted. If you act quickly, you may be able to order a new one.

Also check to see if they can be back-ordered. They've been in and out of stock several times in past few months (judging from the board messages) so they are available if you're willing to wait.

I'm amazed at how much brighter and sharper my Sigma 28 F2.8 is compared to the Sigma 18-125, and a good fast 50 is a whole stop faster than the 28. You have to be careful with the depth of focus, though, it's thin wide open on the 28, and probably razor-thin on the 50. Shooting at infinity focus, which is 12+ feet on my 28, the problem mostly vanishes. But with short range shots, a fast lens makes you really learn how to manage your aperture setting to get the depth of field you want.
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