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by Laura Hicks -  6/28/2013

As a general rule I am very pleased with Pentax DSLR cameras. From their weather sealing to their built-in shake reduction system, Pentax does a great job of giving their customers a good deal for their money. So I was excited to open up the K-50 and see what their newest DSLR has to offer. The K-50 came with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and our initial testing started with this lens. Below are some samples for this lens.

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Sadly, the results were not fantastic especially when the lens was used at the 55mm focal length. The images were soft. I knew for our past experience with the Pentax K-5 II and the K-30 that this camera had more to offer. So I attached the 40mm f/2.8 pancake (much more my style) and the results were significantly better. Below are the results of the Pentax K-50 with the 40mm f/2.8 lens.

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The clarity with the 40mm f/2.8 was much improved over the kit lens. I decided to take it one step further and attach the 50-200mm f/4-5.6 lens. The results were better than the kit lens at the widest aperture. Below are a few more sample images.

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[click to view image]After testing all of these lenses, it dawned on me that I didn't give the kit lens a fair shake. I like to shoot on aperture priority--wide open (meaning I like to set the camera at the maximum aperture the lens will allow). In this case, the camera was set to f/5.6 when zoomed to the 55mm focal length. I decided to run one more test for the kit lens. Below are the results. All images were taken at a 55mm focal length.

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f/5.6

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f/6.3

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f/7.1

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f/8

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f/9

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f/10

As you can see, the sharpness increases dramatically even when switched from f/5.6 to f/6.3. I will continue working with the kit lens to figure out how to get the best results. Personally, I would invest in a few high quality lenses if I was purchasing the K-50 because the issues with image quality seem to come from the glass used, not the camera itself. The full review of the K-50 will be available soon.


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