Pentax SMC 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM

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$647
55 mm
autofocus prime lens
f/1.4
  • Pentax SDM Built-in focus motor

reviewswhat are people saying

"I love the lens in almost all ways. It's sharp, fast focusing, needs very little light in F1.4 and the quick shift to manual focus is really OK to have."

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"This lens produces an accurate reproduction. The f/1.4 aperature has opened-up a whole new range of photo oppurtunities."

bhphotovideo.com

"Could have a little more weight to it for such an expensive lens, but still great build quality."

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compatibilitywith digital cameras

Pros

The Pentax 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM vs other Digital camera lenses

Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.4
Prime lens Prime lens Help
Typically very sharp

The Pentax 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM vs other Digital camera lenses

Auto focus Supports autofocus Help
Easier to use

Cons

The Pentax 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM vs other Digital camera lenses

Zoom range Below average zoom range Help
1x

Specifications

General

Min focal length
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55 mm
Max focal length
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55 mm
Zoom range
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1x
Magnification
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1:5.9 (0.2)

Aperture

Wide maximum
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f/1.4
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Wide minimum
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f/22
Tele maximum
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f/1.4
above average above average
Tele minimum
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f/22

Features

Auto focus
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Yes
above average above average
Focus motor
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Pentax SDM
Image stabilization
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None
Fisheye
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No
Tilt-shift
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No

Form factor

Lens mount
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Pentax K
Length
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66 mm
above average above average
Diameter
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71 mm
Filter size
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58 mm
Weight
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375 g

Angle of view

Wide horizontal
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24.2°
below average below average
Telephoto horizontal
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24.2°
Wide vertical
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16.2°
below average below average
Telephoto vertical
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16.2°
Wide diagonal
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28.9°
below average below average
Telephoto diagonal
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28.9°

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Steve Solomon (6:01 PM, July 30, 2011)
The Pentax DA* 55mm f/1.4 is an excellent lens for general photography, not just portraiture. The build quality and image quality (sharpness) are superb, and it frankly has the nicest lens hood I've ever seen...a deep high-strength plastic design, with a rubber encased large end, felt-lined, and a removable filter adjustment window! It is deep enough to offer good protection to the front element, which makes the use of any "protection filter" optional. Obviously designed by photographers! That is what I like about Pentax...they seem to go the extra mile in equipment design and quality. The "weight" of the lens seems right...not sure why one would want "more" weight, especially if the build quality is top-notch, as it is. The focus motor is whisper-quiet, and AF seems precise on a K-5. Just try one on a Pentax body and see for yourself.