First sample photo taken with the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1,4 SDM AW posted online by Ricoh Japan


The first sample picture taken with a prototype of the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1,4 SDM AW lens was published on Facebook by Ricoh Imaging Japan:

Update: another picture taken with the (prototype) HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW lens can be found here.

Thanks Mistral75!


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  • Gorgeous portrait, by any standard.

    • BP2012

      Facial skin looks oversharpened. Don’t like that.

      • Kunzite

        Check the original – the image posted here is slightly altered.

      • ZMWT

        You cannot distinguish between fine micro-contrast of the lens, and detail achieved with sharpening. So far, this is promising, definitely better than Sigma’s junk sold as “Art”. But more images are needed to judge correctly.

  • Lightleak_101

    Gorgeous is right! A must have but how much?

  • Mistral75

    Another picture taken with a (prototype of) HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW, this one in full definition:

    http://www.kutuzov-photo.ru/images/stories/Misha_Pentax_HD_50_1.4.jpg

    1/160 f/1.4 400 ISO.

    • Thanks, will update my post.

    • BP2012

      Why so much noise on ISO 400? Is this a K-1 or some Pentax film camera?

      • Mistral75

        I would say it’s grain (added in post), not noise.

        EXIF data show it’s shot with a K-1.

        • BP2012

          It looks like ISO 3200+ on my K-1. Thank you for your explanation but it doesn’t make sense to use grain on photos which should demonstrate lens IQ. Btw I see only portrait examples which is another nonsense because 50mm is the worst focal length for portraits on FF. Not close enough and not wide enough. I see some awkward negative spaces on both samples.

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