Announcement HD PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm

On May 19, 2023, the HD PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm lens was announced.

HD PENTAX-FA 1: 1.4 50mm

HD PENTAX-FA 1: 1.4 50mm

Basic properties

  • For Pentax K-mount full-frame SLR cameras
  • Maximum aperture ratio: 1: 1.4
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Closest focusing distance: 45 centimeters
  • Maximum magnification ratio 1: 6.67
  • Optical design: 7 elements in 6 groups (hello from 1965)
  • Auto focus using the camera's focus motor
  • Aperture control ring
  • Number of aperture blades: 8 pieces
  • Filter Diameter: 49 mm
  • Protective SP coating + HD
  • Weight: 223 grams
  • Price: about 400 dollars

Appearance

All major versions of similar lenses Asahi Opt. Co., Takumar / Pentax:

1.2/50

  1. SMC PENTAX 1: 1.2 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 20947, 1975-1984)
  2. SMC PENTAX 1:1.2/50 ASAHI OPT. CO.,JAPAN'GOLD' (7/6, 1981)
  3. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 1.2 50mm (7/6, 20987, 1984-2004)
  4. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 1.2 50mm Special (7/6, 2000)

1.4 / 50 (video)

  1. Super takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (8/6, 358, 1964-1966)
  2. Super takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (7/6, 37800, 1965-1971, F/2 in number)
  3. Super takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (7/6, 37801, 1965-1971, F/2 dot)
  4. Super takumar 1: 1.4 / 50 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (7/6, 37802, 1965-1971, comma after 'CO.')
  5. Super-Multi Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.4 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 37902, 1971-1972)
  6. SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.4 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 37908, 1972-1975)
  7. SMC PENTAX 1: 1.4 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 20847, 1975-1977)
  8. SMC PENTAX-M 1: 1.4 50mm ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (7/6, 20867, 1977-1984)
  9. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 1.4 50mm (7/6, 20887, 1984-1989)
  10. SMC PENTAX-F 1: 1.4 50mm (7/6, 20827, 1987-1991)
  11. SMC PENTAX-FA 1: 1.4 50mm (7/6, 20817, 1991-2023)
  12. HD PENTAX-D FA * 1: 1.4 50mm SDMAW (15/9, 21260, 2018->)
  13. SMC PENTAX-FA 1: 1.4 50mm Classic (7/6, 2023->)
  14. HD PENTAX-FA 1: 1.4 50mm (7/6, 2023->)

1.8 / 55 (video)

  1. takumar 1:1.8 f=55mm Asahi OPT. CO., Japan (6/5, 1958, zebra)
  2. Auto-takumar 1:1.8 f=55mm Asahi OPT. CO., Japan (6/5, 1958-1960, zebra)
  3. Auto-takumar 1:1.8/55 ASAHI OPT. CO., Lens made in Japan (6/5, 1960, with 'R')
  4. Auto-takumar 1:1.8/55 ASAHI OPT. CO., Lens made in Japan (6/5, 1960-1962, no 'R', oblique lines of the depth of field)
  5. Auto-takumar 1:1.8/55 ASAHI OPT. CO., Lens made in Japan (6/5, 1962, no 'R', straight lines of depth of field)
  6. Super takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (6/5, 1962, fine ribs, f/1.8 left)
  7. Super takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (6/5, before 1965, fine ribs, f/1.8 right)
  8. Super takumar 1: 1.8 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (6/5, 37106, before 1971, large ribs)
  9. Super-Multi Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 37104, 1971-1972)
  10. SMC TAKUMAR 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 37108, 1972-1975)
  11. SMC PENTAX 1: 1.8 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 20747, 1975-1977)

2 / 55 (1.9 / 55)

  1. Auto-takumar 1:1.9 f=55mm Asahi Opt. Co.,Japan (6/5, 1958-1959)
  2. Auto-takumar 1: 2 f = 55mm Asahi Opt. Co., Japan (6/5, 1958-1959, zebra)
  3. Auto-takumar 1: 2 f = 55mm Asahi Opt. Co., Japan (6/5, 34100, 1958-1959)
  4. Super takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (6/5, small fins, F/2 left)
  5. Super takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co., Lens made in Japan (6/5, small ribs, F/2 on the right)
  6. Super takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (6/5, 37103, 1962-1973, large ribs)
  7. Super takumar 1: 2 / 55 Asahi Opt. Co. Lens made in japan (6/5, 37107, additional aperture pins)
  8. SMC TAKUMAR 1: 2 / 55 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 37109, 1973-1975)
  9. SMC PENTAX 1: 2 55mm ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 1976-1977)

1.7/50

  1. SMC PENTAX-M 1: 1.7 50mm ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN (6/5, 20877, 1977-1984)
  2. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 1.7 50mm (6/5, 20897, 1984-1989)
  3. SMC PENTAX-F 1: 1.7 50mm (6/5, 20837, 1987-1991)
  4. SMC PENTAX-FA 1: 1.7 50mm (6/5, 20907, 1991-2004)

2/50

  1. SMC PENTAX-M 1:2 50mm ASAHI OPTICAL CO. (5/5, 20677, 1979-1985)
  2. SMC PENTAX-A 1: 2 50mm (5/5, 20697, 1985-1998)

2.2/55

  1. takumar 1:2.2/55 Asahi Opt. CO., Japan (6/5, 1961-1963)
  2. Auto-takumar 1:2.2/55 ASAHI OPT. CO., Lens made in Japan (6/5, 1961-1963)

2/58

  1. takumar 1:2 f=58mm Asahi Opt. Co., Japan (6/4, 1957-1958)
  2. takumar 1: 2 f = 58mm Asahi Opt. Co., Japan (6/4, 1957-1958, labeled 'R')

DA (APS-C: 1.4/55 DA* + 1.8/50 DA)

  1. SMC PENTAX-DA * 1: 1.4 55mm SDM (9/8, 21790, 2008->)
  2. SMC PENTAX-DA 1: 1.8 50mm (6/5, 22177, 2012->)

Asahi-Kogaku (M37x1, 3.5/50 + 2.4/58 -> M42)

  1. takumar 1: 3,5 f = 50mm Asahi-kogaku (4/3, 1952, M37×1)
  2. takumar 1: 3.5 f = 50mm Asahi-kogaku (4/3, 1952, , M37×1, pre-set)
  3. takumar 1: 2.4 f = 58mm Asahi-kogaku (5/3, 1954, M37×1, silver)
  4. takumar 1: 2.4 f = 58mm Asahi Opt. Co., Japan (5/3, 1957-1958, M42)

The lens names in this list correspond exactly to the lens name label on the lens barrel (except for the serial number and/or filter diameter).

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Comments: 48, on the topic: Announcement of HD PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm

  • Rodion

    What's happening?

  • Oleg

    Tales from the Crypt

  • B, R, P.

    aperture ring)

  • Andrey

    The design is cool.

  • Oleg

    And what are the differences, in the green ring?)
    And the inscriptions hd?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      design, hd, price

    • Dmitry Kostin

      It looks like it's in the picture.
      Above is a link to the test from the Japanese. It's in Japanese, but Chrome tolerably translates it into English (when translating into Russian, it often turns out to be abracadabra).

      • Arkady Shapoval

        well, what kind of drawing is there, exactly like the old people

  • Jea reth

    I re-read the title of the topic five times - the word “Announcement” was embarrassing
    Does Japan have its own analogue of the first of April? Or is it on serious cabbage soup - the announcement in 2023 of a screwdriver mirror optics with an aperture ring and a 7/6 scheme without aspherics ?!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      yes, Pentax has only a path, but no goal
      You should also be confused by announcements Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome just in April 2023
      and a cropped DSLR with capabilities for 2012 - Pentax KF

    • Dmitry Kostin

      It seems to be positioned as a “nostalgic” lens.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        no, nostalgic design is positioned for his twin brother

        • Dmitry Kostin

          exactly

    • Human

      so what's wrong with screwdriver technology, besides being noisy? It's a good idea not to put motors in lenses, but to put them in the camera

      • Jea reth

        She's bad for everyone. The so-called ultrasonic ring motors and stepper motors have long condemned this technology. It's not about noise - it's about functionality. There is even nothing to argue about: a screwdriver is just a stone age.

        • Dmitry Kostin

          How many people - so many opinions.
          A screwdriver would be better in terms of reliability.
          Just look at how many old Tokins under Nikon with a screwdriver and how many under Canon with a motor are on the flea market.
          It is enough to talk in the service with repairmen what is more reliable - with or without a motor. The answer will be quick and convincing.
          With a screwdriver, most of the most trashy lenses of the 90s or early 3s on some D700 or DXNUMX will work and focus accurately until they fall apart in your hands.
          And even from third-party manufacturers. For example, I had a Sigma High Speed ​​wide 28 / 1.8, which is certainly optically worse than the Nikon 28 / 1.8G, but it worked to the last, despite the fact that oil oozed from it. I sold it and then it worked for another person, etc., the meaning is clear. The problem of a screwdriver is noise, this is critical for prolific videographers. Sometimes they say that the type focuses more slowly, but not everyone knows that this is highly dependent on the camera. The screwdriver on the D600-D750 is noticeably different from that on the D3s-D4-D4s. These cameras park windows literally at the ringing and twist in almost any frost and make younger cameras faster and more accurate.
          I sincerely advise everyone who loves motors to buy Nikon 28-70 / 2.8D or 17-35 / 2.8D, which some services refuse (especially 17-35). I am very glad that at one time I successfully sold the 17-35 that came from Japan. From 28-70 I have been in the service already three times since April of this year. The revival of this lens is some kind of esoteric process. Therefore, he spat and bought another one, and knowing how it would all end. I just really like the picture from him and I can't help myself. Another entertaining option is to buy motorized Sigmas for Canon from the EX DG and EX DG HSM lines. I also went through services with them and concluded for myself that under Canon it is best to take L-ki, the rest is vanity.

          • Human

            + the same for A-mount. Old Minolta 5d spins much worse than LA-EA4

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Ha ha, they would still remember AF-I optics, and not just the first generation AF-S. Yes, and they say that manuals are better :)

            • Dmitry Kostin

              Arkady, I like drawing from 28-70. Even more than with 35-70. That is why I bought the 28-70 again. And they brought me a boxed copy with a velvet case and papers in Japanese. Possibly from Japan. I knew what I was getting into, so I asked to find the best copy. For which I paid approximately as for a good 24-70 / 2.8G. It was a conscious choice. I could have taken a 24-70 but got another 28-70 in very rare condition, close to new.
              *
              PS> As for the manuals, I have 2 Helios 44M7 and silver 44 :) Seyss Planar 50/1.4 and Voitländer 58/1.4. Quite enough :)

              • Arkady Shapoval

                So what? This is an old model, one of the first AF-S solutions. And everyone knows that the same motor at 17-35 and 80-200mk4 is problematic. And on their basis you make such a loud (and not wealthy) statement about the motors of everyone and everything))

              • Dmitry Kostin

                Arkady, the presence of a motor in new lenses does not in any way make them more reliable than screwdriver ones. I'm not a retrograde, I also have motor lenses.
                Jea Reth wrote that "It's bad for absolutely everyone." I don't think so and I explained why.
                As for lens repairs, now it has become more difficult - Nikon and Canon do not import spare parts, Sigma too. Therefore, just look for unofficials and look for spare parts on aliexpress or somewhere else.
                In such circumstances, the more reliable and simpler the thing, the longer it will live. As for loud and untenable statements, everyone has their own opinion. And my wrong opinion will remain with me.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                I wonder why you have your wrong opinion? And most importantly - why do we need it?

            • Dmitry Kostin

              You don’t need it - you remained with your own)

          • Viktre

            >> I sincerely advise everyone who loves motors to buy Nikon 28-70 / 2.8D or 17-35 / 2.8D, which some services refuse (especially 17-35).

            In general, the first pancake is lumpy. At Nikon, everyone knows these “pancakes” - 17-35, 28-70, 80-200 (fourth) and maybe 17-55. Yes, screwdriver lenses are certainly reliable, but in the latest (and not so) generations of motor lenses, there are somehow no massive problems with the motor. And models with linear motors do this quickly, quietly, and accurately.

            • Dmitry Kostin

              In addition to motors, stabilizers, diaphragm drives can die and cables fail. I am looking at the EF 24-70 / 2.8 L II, but this lens model has a problem with the aperture drive, the repair will cost about 18 thousand rubles, so you have to keep this figure in mind.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                someone likes to shoot, and someone likes to delve into the breakdown of lenses

              • DCostin

                You can live in the world of pink ponies and not think about breakdowns.
                Probably it should be. But they happen and they are not asked to happen at all)

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Why are you constantly thinking about them? Not shooting - but torment. Maybe you also save the shutter on your cameras and are afraid to take an extra frame, double, shutter release? It's just some kind of hell, not shooting.

              • DCostin

                No, I don't think about shutters.
                Arkady, I repeat, original spare parts are not imported for photographic equipment in the Russian Federation.
                Official Nikon services refer to the lack of spare parts and refuse to repair, and moreover, they are not officially selling anything now.
                Copy Moscow (Fuji and Canon officials) also does not have stocks of spare parts for everything and also heard about refusals to repair.
                Online Trade (official Sigma) can also only do alignment, and they started having problems with repairs back in that year.
                You yourself understand the reason for what it is. There are no official sales of cameras and lenses either, only a seryak without a normal guarantee (a guarantee from an IP that exists today, but not tomorrow, well, like in the 90s).

              • Arkady Shapoval

                I will have a rewrite of the review coming soon SMC PENTAX-M 1: 1.4 50mm ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN

              • Andrii

                New 90s? But what is it…

          • Jea reth

            Tokins at a flea market... D3-D4... Something is falling apart in the hands, but it still plows... Repairs every month...

            God, Dmitry, are you serious?!

            And let's talk not about flea markets and optics from the time of dinosaurs, but about modern technology that a person buys who expects comfort, speed and functionality from such a thing as autofocus?

            Oh yes, what is there to talk about? The screwdriver then remained at flea markets and in optics from the time of the dinosaurs.

            Yes, you are right, there are many people, and even more opinions)
            But for the most part, people shoot with amateur cameras - they don’t need your D4 for nothing.
            Most people buy system glasses, and not third-party crafts at flea markets.
            Most people, albeit sometimes, shoot videos with their amateur cameras - since they bought them.
            And for the most part, people do not drag lenses to the service every month. For 10 years, I once encountered a breakdown of autofocus - in an 18-55 kitenka, the crooked owner, bypassing common sense, twisted the focus ring and broke the gears.

            So that you don’t consider me unfounded: I shot on most digital, and not only, systems, I had amateur crop, and D200, and Pentax k10d, I still have my beloved Canon 5D, and now I’m sitting on
            FF bzk Canon. And I had optics from ancient trombones to used kits and new eleks from the store.
            And first of all, I am an amateur photographer who knows how to generalize some life experience. So, having gone through fire, water and copper pipes in 10 years, I can say: what for an amateur does not need your beloved screwdriver, because this technology is outdated and inferior in all respects to any current type of autofocus drive.

            • DCostin

              Most people already shoot on iPhones - they are not interested in cameras.
              Look at the youth - everyone is filmed with phones, bloggers are filming videos with specialized cameras.
              As for the optics of system glasses, I have several L-k under Canon.
              And yes, I want to buy the EF 24-70 / 2.8L II, despite the nuance with this lens.

              • DCostin

                “In 10 years, I once encountered a breakdown of autofocus - in an 18-55 kitenka, the crooked owner, bypassing common sense, twisted the focus ring and broke the gears.”
                This is called the survivor's error. You had one breakdown (I am sincerely happy for you), I already have several.
                As for the screwdriver and the lens in the news - they are bought and will be bought until they fall apart. The number of buyers will decrease over time, again due to the progress of smartphones.

              • Jea reth

                In this case, it is not a survivor's error, but perhaps a small statistical sample. However, you are in roughly the same statistical conditions: just as I state that, in my experience, autofocus actuators break rarely, you claim that, in your experience, non-motorized lenses break less often and are easier to repair.

                So we won't achieve anything. Let's first define what each of us has a camera for, what kind of cameras we use and how many do we have?

                Are you an amateur photographer or are you a full-time commercial photographer?

              • Dmitry Kostin

                I have this hobby, which sometimes gives a symbolic income. It is also a collectible, I can not resist buying something specific.
                Therefore, I am of the same opinion as Arkady - technology is not particularly important, and clients do not cling to the type of technology (bzk or DSLR), because I don’t shoot video and most of them don’t understand photography.

              • Dmitry Kostin

                I noticed an interesting trend that interior shooting is increasingly being done on ... iPhones or modern android phones. They bring inexpensive light and everything rolls.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Definitely better to buy non-motorized SMC PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm Classic 2023 with 1965 scheme for $400! After all, it won’t break, the time-tested circuit, and a screwdriver will give reliability. Not for nothing after HD PENTAX-D FA * 1: 1.4 50mm SDM AW with the SDM motor, the company has returned to the classics again!

    • DCostin

      Arkady, Pentax often makes limited editions of their cameras.
      I think it's the same here.
      Basically, this is done for the domestic market. As if a tribute to something local fans.
      Type of image product.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        If version SMC PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm Classic - this is a tribute, then what then HD PENTAX-FA 1: 1.4 50mm (from this announcement)? Two tributes?

        • DCostin

          Alas, I do not understand the Pentax technique. I think it's marketing.
          Perhaps this will explain: The smc PENTAX-FA 50mmF1.4 and Classic 50mm look almost the same, but the HD PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm has a slightly renewed feel.
          I think HD is a legitimate evolution, but this expression that Classic is “classic yet new” struck me personally.
          By the way, you had a review on the smc PENTAX-FA 50mmF1.4 - this is a lens of film times.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Well, Pentax is marketing against the background of impotence. Only adherents justify the re-release of the old film heritage

            • Dmitry Kostin

              There is a demand for nostalgic goods.
              Nikon DF was liked by many for its appearance. Z fc is also on the same topic.
              Fuji has a line of X100, which many people like for their appearance.
              I think if Nikon or Canon release a couple of fixes in an old-fashioned design, this will also be of interest to a certain category of customers.

              • Viktre

                Perhaps one thing is a film design with a modern filling (as, for example, fuj does), and quite another is both the design and optical schemes of those very film times.

                Pentax has a strange policy in general, designed, it seems, exclusively for the fans. What average photo user in their right mind, for example, would try to buy a K3-3 that costs roughly the same as TWO Z5s? Only a fan of the brand, perhaps.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Where is Pentax?

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