What do you mean by better?
Originally Posted by JohnRichard
Are there faster ones? Sure, Pentax has produced a 50/1.7, 50/1.4 and 50/1.2. They are all pretty good. The 50/1.4 is considered one of the best.
Closer focusing? Again, sure. Pentax has produced several 50mm Macro lenses over the years and they all focus in pretty tightly. Additionally, they tend to be pretty sharp lenses though most are slower than the 50/2.
But, the 50/2 is very consistent. It is consistently sharp across the field right from the maximum aperture. If you want a lens where you really do not have to worry whether the image will be acceptable no matter the aperture used, then the 50/2 is the right lens.
And should you ever dent it or break the glass, throw it in a drawer and get another off e-bay for $20 or less. There were a lot of these little beauties built and they are not all that popular today, ergo they are not being bid up by the collectors or "speculators."
Overall they are very, very good lenses at insanely good prices. But of course they are not very good at building egos, just good at taking pictures.
Last edited by Pioneer; 07-17-2013 at 12:38 AM. Click to view previous post history.