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Pentax colour wizardry: the 50mm f1.7

Some lenses come with the delivery service from Amazon.
And some come with a story.
So does my nifty-fifty 50mm Pentax M 1:1.7. That’s the lens that got me seriously addicted to photography. Mounted as a kit lens on the very first SLR in my life – a Pentax MX – I fell in love with it. Ok, I had no option, it was THE lense. The ONLY lense. Nevertheless, this little mighty manual focus glass showed me for the first time the world through the finder. It stayed with me and on my Pentax until it got nicked. Straight from my checked baggage somewhere between Bangkok and Moscow. That was during the nineties, everybody was into APS, digital was a promise for a bright future, so I didn’t care too much.
Until I got back to vintage lenses. And found my childhood love again on the world’s largest dating platform for camera nerds: eBay.

nifty fifty

Sure it’s priceless – but you can get this beauty for around 30 € as she’s not as popular as her radioactive 1.4 sister.

If you’re interested in the inner values: there are plenty of descriptions out there. I’m much more interested in the results, that’s what I’m shooting for.
A perfect fit with an PK adapter on Micro Four Thirds.
It feels so good in the hands. Solid metal, smooth rings, a certain weight.
So let’s go for a walk down to the river and let’s see what it can do in 2020.

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2 Comments

  1. https://waterfallmagazine.com
    Great post. I will be going through some of these issues
    as well..

    1. Enjoy the ride – it’s worth it!
      And thank you very much for your comment!

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