Of course the macro is going to look like it has more detail, it's closer in. I own the Pentax 50mm f/1.4 M and it's easily the worst 50 i've ever used, by any brand from any time.

I don't know if I have a bad copy, but it's just got abysmal performance compared to my Nikon 50mm f/1.4G or the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 I use on my F3. Didn't Pentax make a decent 50mm f/2?