Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 lens review: accessible price and excellent aberration control

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday July 02 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 image quality ranking | Conclusion

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Achieving a DxOMark score of 19 points, however the Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 lens isn’t quite up to the overall capabilities of rivals, at least when paired with the 16-Mpix Pentax K5. Although this lens can be commended for its negligible distortion, excellent control of vignetting and extremely low levels of chromatic aberration, the acutance and resolution, cumulatively expressed in our Sharpness score is, to some extent, disappointing. Sharpness across the field wide open is also a little on the low side, though that’s not always a bad thing for a portrait lens.