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Old Nov 7, 2006, 4:01 PM   #1
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I don't expect it to perform it's best regarding optical quality at F/1.4, however, I am concern whether would I be able to get decent results when using it wide open (F/1.4). :-)

What is your opinion about this prime lens? Can I get nice bokeh whenusing it wide open?

BTW, I am already quite interested in the PENTAX K100D because it has a nice range of ISO levels (ISO 200 - ISO 3200), and the groundbreaking S.R.!! (2 stops of handheld advantage am I right?)

Instead of using ISO 1600 when without S.R....I heard that with the S.R., I can be using ISO 400 instead!

Coupled with the not bad high ISO performance of the K100D, things does look good! (Very good indeed!!)

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Old Nov 7, 2006, 11:02 PM   #2
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I've heard that Pentaximproved the optics when they did the F and FA models (maybe the A, not sure). I have the M 1.4 and find that at 1.4 its quite soft. When I've taken sunrises with this lens I've used 1.7 or 2.0without any problems, though the DOF is very small.
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Old Nov 8, 2006, 6:27 AM   #3
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Alright, thanks for your opinions. :-)

Anyone else have anything more to say about the lens?

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Old Nov 8, 2006, 7:19 AM   #4
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I have the M version (the old SMC 1.4) and it performs quite well at 1.4 especially in lowlight, although depth of field makes it very difficult - I would assume the same difficulty with the FA although having autofocus may be an advantage

I wouldnt expect super perforamce in very bright light but you wouldnt be shooting at 1.4 then anyway
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Old Nov 8, 2006, 8:37 AM   #5
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OK thanks, it doesn't sound that bad.

More opinions would be welcome.

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Old Nov 8, 2006, 1:23 PM   #6
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FYI. I'm currently trying to purchase this lens but cannot find it anywhere. Everyplace has it "back ordered." I even called Pentax customer service and they couldn't give me an estimate on when it will be available again. On ebay these used lens are sometimes going for higher then a "new" price...if you can find one.
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Old Nov 8, 2006, 2:05 PM   #7
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I'm yet another person with the M version and I find it pretty soft wide open, but excellent stopped down to f/2... I'm almost positive I read that A and later(F, FA) versions were sharper wide open though, but the M has the better bokeh. I only have experiance with a rather beat up old M version though so I cant really say.
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OK, thanks for more opinions. I know that you guys used the manual version, but Ican expect them all to be rather similar optically wide opened.

I just hope that the lens is still selling. (Not one of those phased out lenses!)

Regards. :|

From what I can see, it is a very great lens in terms of price, looks, apparent optical quality, apparent build quality, and speed! (BOKEH should be good)

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Old Nov 8, 2006, 3:02 PM   #9
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I think it does ok wide open. I love this lens but have no 1.4 pics to hand but can show u these and the first is at f2








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Old Nov 8, 2006, 3:08 PM   #10
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Those are really not bad.

The 50 mm F/1.4 is certainly a creative lens. (Essential for my comingphotography school next year)

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