Pentax-A 50mm f/2.0 SMC. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd
5.0 oz (141g)
Rubber on Plastic.
1.55 feet (0.45 meters).
6 blades stopping down to f/22.
Pentax A Metal Mount.
f/2: A little soft with a fair bit of chromatic aberration and spherical aberration reducing contrast.
f/2.8: Nicely sharpens up with better contrast and still some chromatic aberration.
f/3.5: Very sharp with nice contrast and a little chromatic aberration.
f/4: Sharper yet with almost no chromatic aberration.
f/8: Just continues to get sharper.
There is a fair bit of vignetting at f/2 but quickly starts to clear by f/2.8 and almost gone by f/3.5 and only a hint by f/4.
The blur is ok, not great, and a little distracting.
Only a tiny amount of Barrel Distortion.
On MF Camera
Optics: ★ ★ ★
Mechanics: ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★ ★
Availability: ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
Out of 5
This is a swell little pancake lens that is fairly light and built pretty well. Optically this lens is pretty sharp wide open but has a fair bit of chromatic and spherical aberration. The lens has a little low contrast, but simply stopping it down to f2.2 and f/2.5 really cleans the lens up. There are 2 version of this “A” lens, the older one has a metal aperture ring and the newer one has a plastic aperture ring. I found the metal ring easier to feather between stops to get f/2.5 and such. This lens has really nice contrast, color, and low distortion.
If you find one they are fun to play with and really easy to use. Although they are mostly plastic they are still really well built lenses and easy to find.
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