Summary: This lens has delivered everything I had anticipated!!! My CaNikon friends asked me why I bought this lens when I already had a 100mm Macro WR lens (they also smirked about the odd 77mm focal length). Well, it's just a better lens for portraits.
It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
27 January 2015
Summary: It is well worth keeping a Pentax camera around, even if you're invested in another system, to use these 'Limited' lenses. This one renders much the same indescribably magical, '3D' feel (how do they do this?!
Excerpt: The FA 77 is a fine short telephoto I have found useful for landscapes, wildlife and portraits. There is a magical quality to the light captured by this lens and the contrast and colors are the most vivid of my Three Amigos (FA31, FA43 and FA77).
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: This is a sharp lens and just like week Pentax Forum named Best of All Lenses. How well does it live to its expectations? Really well, unless you own a K-3 that it, in which case it's good, just not THAT good. On the K-5 family, it's a little soft wide open, like most such lenses.
Summary: This is a lens whose reputation is best known in all of the pentax lens, outstanding optical technology, inside the focus is as sharp as the blade, and outside the focus is melt as cream, almost all of the customers of pentax want to have this lens, this is a full frame lens but it is a pity that...
Summary: It's worth keeping a Pentax body, even if you're invested in another system, just to use this lens. I love this lens with Portra and the Pentax MX as well as with the Pentax DSLR. It is satisfyingly sharp wide open with beautiful color and contrast. Out of focus areas are buttery soft.
The MUST HAVE portrait lens for the Pentax system ... or for people with Pentax adapters.
Jerry Jackson Jr., Amazon
28 August 2014
Summary: There are few lenses that can render images so well that people buy cameras just to use that lens or buy adapters to use that lens on other cameras ... the Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 is one of those lenses.