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Pentax smc FA 31mm F1.8

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc FA 31mm F1.8

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User Review

Pentaxpixie, pentaxforums.com
3 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: This was the first ever prime I bought after reading the reviews on here, and I've been so very happy with it. It is my most used lens. I got it when I had the K100D years ago. It was wonderful then, and it is superb on the K5. The best lens ever. Buy it if you can, you will not regret getting it.
  • Pros: sharpness, 3d look, color rendering, F1.8
  • Cons: none
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

fianeissew, pentaxforums.com
25 January 2014
  • Excerpt: I've always wanted an FA Limited but am unable to afford one until now. I find the most useful for me to be the 31mm focal length. It's really amazing, i've never had a lens like that even if mine is a used copy... i would only go for a Made In Japan copy over an Assembled In Vietnam copy... I found one that is almost perfect.
  • Pros: My copy is very sharp even wide open.
  • Cons: A bit expensive...
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Overall 10
10

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Naruto, pentaxforums.com
18 January 2014
  • Excerpt: Construction: + very nice (metal feel, smooth operating focus ring) - the front part extends when focusing and is not all tight leaving a little "wobbling" (I suppose there is an engineering reason for that). A big plus is the presence of the aperture ring that will allow me to use it on a film camera.
  • Pros: Sharp at f1.8, crazy shap at f5.6, nice feel,
  • Cons: Expensive, no quick shift
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Overall 10
10

User Review

JJJPhoto, pentaxforums.com
24 October 2013
  • Excerpt: If you're looking for a "standard" prime on a Pentax DSLR with APS-C image sensor then there is no better lens than the FA 31mm F1.8 Limited.
  • Pros: Wonderful rendering, great contrast, nice bokeh
  • Cons: a little CA and no quick shift manual focus, hardly worth mentioning
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Cynog Ap Brychan, pentaxforums.com
24 October 2013
  • Excerpt: What can I say that others haven't said before? I never cease to be amazed by this jewel of a lens.
  • Pros: Sharpness; Rendition; Build Quality; Bokeh
  • Cons: Built-in lens hood makes step up rings unusable
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Overall 10
10

User Review

zmohie, pentaxforums.com
17 September 2013
  • Excerpt: No more here to add. the lens is the pentax charisma. the bokeh is awesome also the sharpness .
  • Pros: bokeh ..sharpness
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Overall 10
10

User Review

K David, pentaxforums.com
20 August 2013
  • Excerpt: I've used the 31mm FA Limited for about seven months now and feel I can finally write a reasonable and informed review after my recent trip to Japan with it. In three weeks, I shot about 7,000 photos with this camera at the beach, near the ocean, being splashed by some inconsiderate jerk at the ocean, inside a bulk fuel storage tank, inside an incredibly hot fuel pump house, in two thunderstorms, and in a crowd exceeding 20,000 people.
  • Pros: Sharpness, Contrast, Color Trueness, Construction, AF Speed, Fixed Lens Hood, Aesthetics
  • Cons: Sometimes it's too sharp.
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Overall 10
10

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NewTake, pentaxforums.com
4 March 2013
Overall 10
10

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disya2, pentaxforums.com
17 February 2013
  • Excerpt: I was longing for this lens for a couple of years. I hesitated to buy it because it was somewhat pricy and I had DA* 16-50 which produces really great images around that focal length, even wide open.
  • Pros: Sharpness, background blur, uniformity across the frame
  • Cons: somewhat hefty, built-in hood not very useful
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Finn, pentaxforums.com
31 January 2013
  • Excerpt: This lens is nearly perfect in every way. The "personality" of the images it captures are unlike any other lens I have used. It is equally brilliant as a normal prime on APS-C and a wide angle on 35mm. In the hand it feels like an extension of one's mind...it really is that good.
  • Pros: Sharpness, color rendering, bokeh, construction
  • Cons: Silly lens hood and cap
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