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

The lens scores well when compared with others in the range, including the firm’s highly regarded Limited and DA Star models. Indeed it comes second in our DxOMark rankings in the range, just one point beneath the best performing model, the Pentax smc DA Star 55mm f/1.4 SDM. With a sticker price of just $249, this lens is an intriguing proposition for Pentax users.

Pentax smc DA Star 55mm F1.4 SDM64020
Pentax smc DA 50mm f1.824919
Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL22018
Pentax smc DA 70mm F2.4 Limited54518
Pentax smc PENTAX D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro44417
Pentax smc D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR58917
Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited70017
Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.445017
Pentax smc DA 40mm f2.8 XS25016
Pentax smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited36015
Pentax smc DA Star 200mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM120015
Pentax smc DA Star 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM140015
Pentax smc DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited65014
Pentax smc PENTAX DA 14mm F2.857513
Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited51013