Hmmm not great, I think.
So out came the SMC-M 50mm f/2, and a Rikenon 50/2 XR(s), and oh why not toss in the DA40 and 70, and the DA18-55wr too? Chimping at each shot I learned tow things:
- I'm no good at manually focusing the 18-55 even at 40mm f/4.5 with peaking, and
- every shot was better than the 55/2.2 gave me. Oh well.
So the winning lens is... ?
Well, before I even dumped them to my computer for further scrutiny I logged into pentaxforums, and saw an SMC-A 50/1.7 on the market that trumps them all, for a really good price. Now to fill a box for the thrift-store, or maybe the dumpster, and make room in the bag for what many consider the best of the Pentax 50mm optical formulae whether in M, A or F series. I had an f/1.7 for a while a year or so back, and I'm sure I sold it for more than I will pay today. Sometimes the timing is great, most times not; today feels good.