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HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW

A large-aperture, single-focus lens designed for use with 35mm full-frame digital SLR cameras, including an array of PENTAX’s ever-evolving optical technologies

Professional’s Perspective

Masatsugu Ide

When I photographed a model with the HD PENTAX-D FA50mmF1.4 SDM AW, what first surprised me was the sharpness and clearness of the images it produced. Its newly developed ring-type ultrasonic wave motor SDM assured both high-speed autofocusing and quiet operations. It provided a definite advantage in fast-paced portrait photography, letting me flawlessly capture all the model’s expressions. Another noteworthy feature of this lens was its minimum focusing distance of 0.4 meters, which let me move in a step closer to the model and capture eye-catching close-up images.

HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW

Aperture
F1.4
Shutter speed
1/1250
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Auto
Finishing touch
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HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW

Aperture
F2.8
Shutter speed
1/400
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
manual
Finishing touch
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HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW

Aperture
F2.2
Shutter speed
1/1250
ISO sensitivity
200
White balance
Auto
Finishing touch
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Profile

After graduating from Rikkyo (St. Paul) University with a major in economics, Ide studied studio photography while working as a location assistant. After turning professional, he started photographing various artists for music magazines and Internet media. He now works in many different fields, including CD jackets, posters for TV dramas, celebrity portraits, and cosmetic and fashion photos. He has also held many exhibitions at such venues as RICOH Imaging Square Shinjuku and Emon Photo Gallery. He was chosen in 2012 as one of the Commercial Photo New Generation Photographers, and worked on a number of camera-related publications including the PENTAX K-S1 brochure. He has captured numerous portraits over the years using PENTAX K-series SLR cameras.

Yoshiaki Kobayashi

The HD PENTAX-D FA50mmF1.4 SDM AW is a Star-series lens capable of producing extremely sharp images. I was captivated by its outstanding resolving power and sharpness. When coupled with the camera’s Pixel Shift Resolution System, it delivered much greater resolving power, capturing even the minute details of distant scenes. At open aperture, it produced a very shallow depth of field and a natural, smooth bokeh (defocus) effect. It has a filter size of 72 millimeters, which is relatively large for a standard lens. I realized, however, that it helped minimize vignetting to produce a beautifully shaped circular bokeh effect. All in all, I can say that this is a nearly perfect standard lens.

HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW

Aperture
F2.8
Shutter speed
1/400
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
manual
Finishing touch
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HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW

Aperture
F8
Shutter speed
1/25
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
manual
Finishing touch
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HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW

Aperture
F8
Shutter speed
1/50
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
manual
Finishing touch
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Profile

Born in 1969 in Tokyo, Kobayashi became a freelance photographer after graduating from Tokyo College of Photography (today’s Tokyo Visual Arts). He has captured numerous images depicting the beauty of nature, from microscopic subjects to sweeping landscapes and wildlife. Currently residing in the eastern part of Hokkaido, he takes pictures with themes such as Inochi no Keshiki (Scenery of Life) and Hikari no Iro, Kaze no Iro (Color of Light, Color of Wind). He also has an extensive knowledge of camera mechanisms, and gives lectures on how to use a camera expertly. He has organized a number of exhibitions, including the Tokyo Nature Snap series and Hikari no Iro, Kaze no Iro - Part 2. He has also supplied images to PENTAX’s product brochures and calendars.