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Monday, June 5, 2023

Five Frames, Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, The Green

Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, The Green 01
Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, The Green 02
Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, The Green 03
Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, The Green 04
Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, The Green 05
The CCD Sensor, image making with A SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2 mounted on a 10.2 MP CCD Pentax K-m Digital, the garden green.
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Testing the Pentax K-m with a manual focus prime lens here, with the SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, a lightweight plastic-bodied lens manufactured by Pentax from 1985 to 1998. The series-A lenses by Pentax introduced the 'automatic' aperture settings capability of Pentax K-mount lenses. The lenses still had the aperture ring, which could be set manually, and they also had an 'A' setting, which allowed the camera to control the aperture automatically.

On the APS-C sensor K-m, the SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2 is the equivalent of a 75mm short telephoto lens. When mounted with the A-switch set, the K-m will trigger the inquest for a focal length input which, once set, will permit you to use the camera in its various exposure modes, with the lens triggering the In-Focus button intermittently to indicate that the subject in the frame is in focus. Focusing is still manual though.

Pentax K-m, SMC-Pentax-A 50mm 1:2
Pentax K-m, SMC-Pentax-A 50mm 1:2

Testing was done among the greens of my mini garden, and as you can see, even when the shots were taken wide open, the images were as sharp as you wanted them to be. The color rendition is great and the contrast is excellent. Focusing is smooth, and with the aperture ring set to the 'A' mode, there is no more reason for you to make any adjustments to the plastic aperture ring itself. This lens has an overall rating of 8+ on PentaxForums, but personally, I'll give it a solid 10.



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