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: I have used the FA 77 for a couple of years, basically since I decided I needed a faster aperture than the 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.
Excerpt: OK, so I've been lusting after this lens for a while and might be a bit biased, but I'm super happy. I am not a pro, just an avid photographer with lots of reasons to take pictures. What I love: I love the bokeh, lives up to everything in the other reviews.
Excerpt: I am a novice to photography but had read the reviews on this lens. First, B&H Photo delivered the lens in a timely fashion that required my signature. They wanted to make sure I received it. Second, it was well packaged. Finally, the lens is as advertised.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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...
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 . Finally, I decided to buy the lens I had really wanted to have the whole time and got the FA 31.
Excerpt: First a critique of B&H shipping. It's a [$] lens, please pack the lens carefully. The box arrives semi-crunched. The one single bag of air that was put in the box is deflated. The lens box has a small rip in it. Surprisingly the lens works.
Excerpt: This is a really sharp lens, that oozes quality! Having a few Pentax FA lenses already this filled a gap in the range. Impressively sharp lens, but not the best if you plan to shoot against the sun, as it then gets a bit soft.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharp at all focal length, Strong Construction
Excerpt: got my version and love the feel immediately. solid constructions. love the Depth of view. easy to get the dreamy effect. bad thing was when use in manual focus.. theres this Grinding Sound being produced. check with other users and determine that it wasn't normal.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction