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Keywords: Pentax Mid Prime APS-C DA* SDM Tested


3systemuser

Registered: November 2010
Posts: 19
Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by 3systemuser
Review Date: 2/27/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $500.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IMO, this lens is sharper than all similar portrait lenses +it is sealed.
Cons: just played around with it a few days a go and did not get it yet.

this lens can be the sharpest portrait lens , if not it at least as sharp as any of other manufactures 85mm f1,2 or 1.4 lenses.


and it has good flare resistance and it is very well sealed.



I do not get this lens yet for my K5 but when I had the K7 , I had it before and loved it.


now, I am waiting for my new copy of DA*55f1.4 sdm to reach my house.


as soon as I get this lens back , I will compare it to my Canon 85f1.2LMK2 and Zeiss 85f1.4ZF2.


but I am sure it is sharper than the Zeiss in the center and just as sharp as the Canon and stopped down to f2.8 and more , it is sharper than both.


and it is clearly better optically than the Nikon 85f1.4G and D.


only one super fast 85mm lens to rival this DA*55f1.4SDM is the Sony 85f1.4ZA.
Franks

Registered: April 2009
Posts: 1
Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by Franks
Review Date: 4/16/2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $850.00| Rating: 5 

 
Pros: image quality, weather sealing
Cons: SDM reliability, backfocus problem

I have this lens for a week now, it back focuses severely. I took a lot of shots in all kinds of different conditions, but it’s clear that the lens is badly calibrated. All my other AF lenses work great on my K10D. When I manually correct the AF I get good sharp pictures. I love the IQ and contrast but I bought this lens mainly for the AF (because that’s what I am missing from my Planar 50/1.4), but the AF of the 55/1.4 is clearly not working like it’s supposed to do. I don’t know why Pentax is using the SDM in the Star models, I would prefer the screwdriver, because then I rely on a working AF over let’s say 15 years.
MPhil

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 1
Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by MPhil
Review Date: 3/5/2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $780.00| Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Sharp
Cons: poor built quality

My first copy broke after about 50 shots.
Very ugly noises came out of the lens, then the focussing motor didn't work anymore.
My second copy is ok so far.
Sharp at f1.4, AF is a bit on the slow side.
willyEngland

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1
Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by willyEngland
Review Date: 2/24/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $550.00| Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Great sharpness and contrast
Cons: Slow autofocus, bokeh so-so

Contrast and sharpness are improved over the FA50.
CAs and bokeh are almost the same.
The AF speed is disappointing.
Much slower than the FA50 or the FA85.


 






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