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Pentax smc FA 43 mm f/1.9 Limited

We have collected and analyzed 3 expert reviews and 4 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 65/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Sep 28, 2011. We have compared these reviews to 781666 reviews from other Digital Compact Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 87/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 23, 2014.

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Pentax SMC FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited

 

The Pentax SMC FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited lens ($749.98 direct) is a compact all-metal prime lens that can be used with Pentax D-SLRs and the K-01 interchangeable lens camera. When used on an APS-C camera it captures a 64.5mm equivalent field of view, which...

Extremely sharp. Compact. Fast aperture. Excellent build quality

Expensive. Awkward focal length on APS-C cameras. Slower, screw-drive focus system

The Pentax SMC FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited lens may be the perfect standard-angle lens on film, but the lack of a Pentax full-frame digital body narrows its field of view.

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Pentax SMC-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited

 

The Pentax SMC FA 43mm f/1.9 is another "Limited" lenses made by Pentax.At around 550€/US$ it is certainly not a budget item especiallyfor a "normal" lens but in a swamp of budget oriented plastic lenses thehigh quality Pentax lens makes a welcome...

Similar to its cousins (DA 40mm f/2.8, FA 50mm f/1.4) the Pentax SMC-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limitedis a great performer with only few weaknesses. At f/1.9 the contrast and resolution is somewhatsoft but beyond the quality is superb and probably as good as it...

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Pentax smc FA 43 mm f/1.9 Limited

 

Obviously i'm using a very different lens from the others. I have fabulous optics in my bag like the 31, 77, 50 f/1.2 and sometimes I overlook the little 43 but anytime i take it out it delivers. No lens this size is going to be sharp across the frame...

Near enough the perfect normal, fast enough, more than sharp enough, fantastic micro contrast, bokeh is v good wide open to around f/2.8, can get nervous stopped down after that depending on subject

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Pentax smc FA 43 mm f/1.9 Limited

 

Perhaps the very best normal you can buy.

The review here argues over fractions of a percent in distortion and worries about Vietnamese manufacturing. A photographer who actually uses the FA43 will succumb to the pleasures of a top-class lens with magical imaging. Tiny, fast, and crazy sharp...

Price -- but compared to Zeiss, Voigtlander and Leica it is reasonable and worth every penny. Especially as the alternatives do not support auto-focus

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Pentax smc FA 43 mm f/1.9 Limited

 

The excellent qualitative universal lens, but is overestimated the price!

Sharp and volume drawing of photos at this lens, even on an open aperture . This lens well removes portraits and a landscape. An excellent color rendition

The a bit bent petals of a aperture. It is made on Vietnam

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Pentax smc FA 43 mm f/1.9 Limited

 

A very special lens to be loved or hated.

Perfect normal angle of view on 35mm film cameras. Famous for some 3D-like images. Optically very good to perfect from f2.8

Wide open the contrast is good but not very good

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