Excerpt: This lens is simply breathtaking. Sharpness, course of sharpness, Colours, bokeh, 3D impression... to say nothing of the build quality. And I never experienced any CAs from my (AIV) copy, or maybe I just didn't care.
Summary: Superbe objectif, très lumineux, avec une focale intéressante. Attention cependant, objectif exclusif : focale fixe, autofocus pas très rapide et assez bruyant : à éviter pour les photographes qui cherchent la polyvalence.
Excerpt: I have been shooting this lens for about a month and most of the reviews are correct in that it is a superlative piece of equipment and an absolute pleasure to use. It's now my "go to" portrait lens, hands down, and I think that over time it will become my favorite.
Excerpt: The FA77 has a reputation for being a bit of a diva, alternately showing you magic vs crap. For me, the learned truth is that this lens is a bit temperamental -- but when it shines, it outclasses any lens I have ever used. You may have heard it said that this lens has magic in it, and sometimes I think that's true.
Excerpt: After living with this lens for 6 months I feel I'm somewhere close to giving it a decent review. It's that contradiction that many of the great lenses display, unbelievable sharp and fabulous images but boy can it be hard to use. Firstly coming from always using a 35 or 50mm I realise how poor my camera handling had been, the extra focal length slaps you with camera blur if you are not on top of your game. My new best friend is a tripod.
Excerpt: So far, it's the only lens worthy of being mounted on my K-5 IIs. It's just an unbelievably good prime. It made me realize I don't really need f1.4 for this focal length - not that I want hair-thin DoF for portraits anyway. It has this 3D pop-up effect in nice ambient lighting, I don't know if it's the color or the contrast or a combination. It also has a DoF scale, perfect for mounting it on my really old K2.
Pros: deadly sharpness, fantastic build quality, incredible bokeh, zippy AF,