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Lens Announcement | Pentax Releases the 50mm f1.4 Prime Lens

By Wendell Weithers on July 2nd 2018

It was towards the end of 2017 that Pentax announced a new fast 50mm prime for its Full Frame K-Mount cameras. There hasn’t been a hard marketing push behind this lineup of lenses so you couldn’t be faulted for forgetting that this was in the pipeline.
Nevertheless, Pentaxians should be thrilled to add it to the existing line up of zooms for the system. It adds some much needed speed so, if this is what you’ve been waiting for, here is a closer look at the lens.

 

Product Highlights

– K-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
– Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
– 1 Aspherical Element
– Anomalous Dispersion Aspherical Element
– Ultrasonic Motor SDM
– Aero Bright Coating II & HD Coating
– Front Element SP Coating
– Rounded 9-blade Diaphragm
– 15 Elements in 9 Groups
– Weather Sealed
– Minimum Focus Distance: 1.3′ / 39.62 cm
– Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
– Weight: 32.1 oz / 910 g

[REWIND: Pentax Lens Roadmap | The Future of K-Mount Comes into Focus…Sort Of]

If you remember, there is a roadmap of lenses that includes another focal length to anchor the system; that being an 85mm f1.4 prime. Beyond that, future lens offerings remains unclear but the 50mm gives shooters the reassurance that the rest are coming.

The HD PENTAX-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW Lens will cost $1,199 and is available for re-order now but, won’t be available to ship until July 20, 2018. Order yours here.

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Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

Instagram: Wendellwphoto

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