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Pentax smc Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 Full-Frame Lens (2012)

MSRP 120 USDNeoscore 59%

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Product Overview

Pentax smc Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 is a normal prime lens for Pentax K-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Pentax in 2012, it has 6 elements in 5 groups.
Unfortunately, Pentax has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay extra attention when shooting in incremental weathers. On the lens barrel, one can find a physical aperture ring. Those who wish to focus manually can have the best of both worlds (with the usual caveats).
A normal prime lens, the smc Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 has the potential to be one of the most used and ultimately versatile option in a photographer's bag. Usually the easiest to design and to QC, it is a great option for landscape and street photography. Its bright maximum aperture also helps night and portrait works. Those who like sunstars (sun bursts) will be pleased by the lens' even-numbered aperture count, though conversely those who find sunstars distracting may have the opposite feeling.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 59% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very compact and lightweight
  • Comes with physical aperture ring
Cons
  • Lens hood not included
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • Basic construction
  • Not the strongest in IQ

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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
8 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Normal Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring
Lens Mount
Pentax K-mount
Motor
Ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
6 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
5 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
52 mm / 2.05 in
Size | Diameter
63 mm / 2.48 in
Size | Length
39 mm / 1.54 in
Weight
122 g / 4.31 oz

Function

Angle Of View
46.8° Diagonal | 39.6° Horizontal | 27.0° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
50 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
No

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: RH-RA (sold separately)
Debut
2012-05-21

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