Summary: I have used the FA 77 for a couple of years, basically since I decided I needed a faster aperture than the Pentax 70mm f/2.4 DA Limited Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras would give me. Clearly, one of the most major strengths of Pentax is the fact that they have lenses with tight construction, like the limited lenses. Metal bodies, but very light and small.
Great but not as good as reviews lead me to believe
Matt Hollingsworth, Amazon
19 September 2012
Summary: My main hobby is photography. I have a pretty large collection of Pentax lenses, including the following which are of similar focal length: 35mm f3.5 Takumar, 31mm Limited FA (this review), 35mm DA Limited Macro, 40mm DA Limited (sold this one a few months ago), 50mm f1.2 SMCA, 50mm f4 Takumar Macro, 50mm f1.4 Takumar early 8 element, 50mm f1.8 Helios in K-Mount. So here's the deal - the best constructed lenses are the old Takumars. They are the smallest and best made.
Summary: I have owned the FA 31 limited for about a year, now. I went through a number of lenses in that focal length along the way. I shot for a long time with the Pentax DA 35mm f2.8 Macro Lens for Pentax K Mount Camera]. I really liked it, but it wasn't fast enough for low light situations. So, I sold it and bought a [[ASIN:B000FG6CME Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras .
Summary: This is really an amazing lens with "retro" design. It comes with a nice leather bag. The lens feels great in hands, operation is smooth. I liked also the built-in retracting hood. The original cap is metal (as seen in some old lenses) and it sits on the hood itself (not on the front part of the lens, as usually). But there is absolutely no problem in using filters with this lens.
Excerpt: The 77 Limited is sharp even at f/1.8, and displays a nice smooth transition from sharply in focus to soft blur out of focus. It is perfectly suited for low-light photography where you need a little more reach than, say, a fast 50.
Excerpt: It is a very good lens, especially for portrait. The touch of its metal body is excellent. In bright environment, its resolution is outstanding. However, it is quite pricey. Fixed focus lens with max aperture of F1.8 is not so expensive in other brands. However, I can not find better choices at this range in Pentax.
Excerpt: Отлично на К-5'ом, прекрасно на пленке. Присматривался к Zeiss'у 85 мм - но тот тяжел, 72 мм фильтр и без AF. И, по моему, картинка у Pentax'а более резкая, хотя, конечно, параллельно протестировать не мог.
Pros: Отличная резкость даже на полностью открытой диафрагме, чудесное боке. Небольшой размер, фильтр 49 мм.
Cons: Ну, да - цена. Хотя в Европе не очень отличается.