Lomopedia: Pentacon f/1.8 50 mm Lens

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Versatility is the name of the game when the Pentacon f/1.8 50 mm lens is involved. This vintage prime lens will take on about everything you throw at it with its classic styling and utilitarian design.

Pentacon f/1.8 50 mm Lens © Lewis Collard via Wikimedia Commons, Image used under Creative Commons license

The Pentacon f/1.8 50 mm lens was mass produced from the 1960s through the 1990s. It is M42/Pentax and Praktica B mount ready and was an affordable alternative to higher-end prime lenses back in the day. It came in three variants with some cosmetic changes and the multi-coated version in the final MC or Auto version.

This is a great example of a beautifully-designed prime lens with an attractive price tag. It sports an all-metal body and a fit and finish that makes you hunger for the camera lenses of old. It is solid and nimble, thanks to its relative lightweight and compact construction. The price point alone makes this lens a good choice for anyone who's looking to venture into the world of vintage camera lenses.

The Pentacon f/1.8 50 mm will be a great companion for shooters who like soft-focused images and light bokeh. It can shoot sharp images when stopped down although the softer, silkier photos do tend to come out nice and dreamy. All in all, this prime lens will still win many photographers’ hearts for its versatility and distinct vintage charm.

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Photos by claudi1007, syahri, daviocious and grimbyname

Technical Specifications

Focal length: 50 mm
Weight: 250g
Aperture: f/1.8 to f/16
Mount: M42/Pentax, Praktica B
Closest focus: 33 cm/1.08 ft
Filter size: 49 mm
Lens composition: 6 elements in 4 groups
Angular field: 45 degrees
Focusing: Manual


All information used in this article was sourced from Vintage Camera Lenses, SLR Lens Review, Pentax Forums, and Lewis Collard.

2016-08-26 #equipo #lens #gear #pentacon #mount #m42 #prime-lens #lomopedia #vintage-camera-lens

5 Comentarios

  1. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    Soft images: that is exactly the definition of this lens.

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Yes, they were soft, especially corners...

  3. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    a very interesting lens

  4. superlighter
  5. freakoftheweek
    freakoftheweek ·

    The second picture is from me ;-)
    www.lomography.com/homes/freakoftheweek/albums/2053103-268-…

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