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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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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

DonThomaso, pentaxforums.com
10 August 2014
  • Excerpt: This review is for a mint condition silver 'Made in Japan' FA31 bought second-hand in Sweden, serial nr in the 0027xxx-range.
  • Pros: Build quality, unique offering, character
  • Cons: Value, focal length on APS-C
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Overall 8
8.0

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Greve, pentaxforums.com
8 September 2012
  • Excerpt: When I bought this lens i did it on the basis of the legendary reputation it had. I simply had to see what all the fuss was about. I was certainly not disappointed, but at the same time I was not overly excited about the lens. The lens itself is not entirely to blame for this because part of the problem I had with the lens is the focal length itself. When I shoot a film SLR I simply find the 31mm not wide enough for many of the subjects I shoot.
  • Pros: Sharp, great bokeh, good colours
  • Cons: purple fringing, price, large cap, feeling of the focus ring
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Overall 8
8.0

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kcmadr, pentaxforums.com
25 September 2011
  • Excerpt: It was AIV. Shockingly soft wide open until about f4. Sent it back and had to fight for a MIJ version. This was much much much much better. Pretty darned sharp from wide open up. Still had some slight issues for my style.
  • Pros: Does what it was designed to do perfectly.
  • Cons: Questionable QC. Most aspects of the lens hood.
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Overall 8
8.0

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Franky2step, pentaxforums.com
31 August 2011
  • Excerpt: Took approx 100 shots with the 31mm Ltd and the focus mechanism failed. When manually focusing 4ft and closer there is grinding and a sort of ticking noise. Sending it back to B&H this afternoon. Disappointing for a $1000 lens just 21 days old. The shots I did take look great, nicely sharp, colour is great, chromatic aberrations are higher than I had expected.
  • Pros: very sharp, smallish size, lovely colours
  • Cons: Lens returned due to broken focus ring(after just 21 days), grinding inside when trying to focus from 4 ft and closer
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Overall 8
8.0

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nickmeertens, pentaxforums.com
30 June 2011
  • Excerpt: A lot has already been said about this lens and I agree with most of it. Sharp wide open and sharper stopped down, great bokeh, nice colours and I even like the build in shade and lens-cap.
  • Pros: Image quality, build quality, looks, bokeh
  • Cons: Purple fringing
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0

User Review

Photography Review
11 January 2004
Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0

User Review

Photography Review
11 January 2004
  • Summary: Optically, this lens is close to perfect. Sharpness is unbelievably good wide open. Flare control is excellent. Almost round shape aperture is a plus.
  • Pros: Metal construction., Excellent sharpness., Excellent flare control., Almost round shape aperture.
  • Cons: Fixed hood., Bulky and expensive as a wide angle prime. The FA35/2 could be a better buy.
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Overall 8
8.0

Auf Film ein Traum, am APS-C Sensor nicht ganz überzeugend

moto75, Amazon
23 December 2012
  • Summary: Ich habe ein sehr zwiespältiges Verhältnis zum FA 31 Ltd.: Auf Film (verwendet an einer MZ-5N) ist es ein traumhaftes Reportageobjektiv mit wunderbaren Übergängen zwischen den Bereichen in der Schärfeebene und denen außerhalb. Auf einer DSLR (Pentax K-5) konnte mich das Objektiv nicht ganz überzeugen: Wohl ist die Anmutung der Bereiche innerhalb und außerhalb der Schärfeebene noch immer sehr gut, allerdings ist es auch relativ anfällig für Farbsäume bei Gegenlicht oder...
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Overall 8
8.0

Sehr schön, aber nciht ohne Tadel

thezapp "thezapp", Amazon
17 October 2011
  • Summary: Das 31er ist schon ein schönes Objektiv. Sehr scharf, relativ kompakt. Mechanisch hebt es sich von der Konkurrenz ab. Das Objektiv ist seinen Preis wert, auch wenn Pentax Nutzer solche Preise nicht gewohnt sind - eine gute Mischung aus Qualität und Preis. Die Verarbeitung ist sehr, sehr, sehr gut - Leica ist besser, kostet aber auch bedeutend mehr. Das Objektiv ist für Vollformat Kameras gerechnet, nette Idee, aber Pentax bietet nur APS-C Kameras an.
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