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.
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.
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,
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
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
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