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8.3 out of 10

Pentax SMC Pentax FA 43mm f/1.9

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Overall 10
10

Excellent

Tyler C, Amazon
13 December 2014
  • Summary: What can I say about the mighty 43mm... For those who are not familiar with Pentax this lens as well as the other FA Limited lenses are known in Pentax circles as the 3 amigos. The 31mmm 43mm and 77mm.... These lenses are every bit as sharp as any L Series lens Canon puts out. True maybe it's not f1.2 but it's a fraction of the cost and the build quality exceeds that of most lenses put out by Canon or Nikon. It's all metal and sharp!
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Overall 10
10

The finest Autofocus lens ever made

Thomas, B&H Photo
22 November 2014
  • Excerpt: Not really much to say here, but it is perhaps the finest autofocus lens ever made in my opinion. Unipue character and rendering and remarkably sharp a well. Bild is like an autofocus Leica.
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Overall 10
10

Pentax glass!!!

Elijah, "God bless!!!", Amazon
21 October 2014
  • Summary: Excellent value!!! Sharp wide opened and gets even sharper stopped down a little. Excellent contrast and colors!!!! I first bought FA 50mm f1.4 whish is a good value as well (not as sharp wide opened but gives better bokeh and offers 1.4 at 50mm. However, after purchasing this one, I rarely use the 50mm. This one also is easier to use indoors as it is a little wider and still great for portraits.
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Overall 2
2.0

Bad copy... but costly RETURN PROCESS

Bob Sacramento, Adorama
2 October 2014
  • Excerpt: The one star is for the lens but also for Adorama's RETURN PROCESS. Sure, you have 30 days to return but there's no free return shipping and no prepaid label. You have to download a form to fill out like 20 years ago... come on, take a look at the competition - it's 2014!!. And I have the feeling you're gonna charge me for the free shipping I received initially. All these will be a heavy factor especially when I order a lens.Now to the lens copy I received.
  • Pros: Great When A Good Copy
  • Cons: Expensive, Loud, Poor quality control, Slow Focus
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Bob Sacramento, Adorama
2 October 2014
  • Excerpt: The one star is for the lens but also for Adorama's RETURN PROCESS. Sure, you have 30 days to return but there's no free return shipping and no prepaid label. You have to download a form to fill out like 20 years ago... come on, take a look at the competition - it's 2014!!. And I have the feeling you're gonna charge me for the free shipping I received initially. All these will be a heavy factor especially when I order a lens. Now to the lens copy I received.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Pepe Guitarra, pentaxforums.com
19 September 2014
  • Excerpt: My copy was purchased at B&H, it is silver assembled in Vietnam, with one year warranty. It is beautiful and looks great on my black K3. I was hesitating to buy this lens because I have the DA40/2.8 that is a superb lens, and a pancake. However, I got into this one. Now, I do not want to get rid of the other one. They are both so good.
  • Pros: Sharp wide open, small, beautiful, color, IQ
  • Cons: None so far
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Overall 6
6.0

Three Stars

John B, Amazon
17 September 2014
  • Summary: sold my Penatx gear 6 months later , DSLRs are outdated
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

DonThomaso, pentaxforums.com
13 September 2014
  • Excerpt: This review is for a mint condition 'Made in Japan' FA43 bought second-hand in Sweden, serial nr in the 0026xxx-range. Initial review based on experiences with the K-5 mk1, now updated after 6 months use with the K-3.
  • Pros: Build quality, small size, rendering, haptics
  • Cons: Soft corners
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Overall 10
10

Very Nice Lens

James0075, B&H Photo
3 September 2014
  • Excerpt: I mount this lens onto A7R via an adaptor. This is a very good quality, small and high precision lens. It is very sharp with good rendition beautifl color lens. I could use it in wide open and get excellent picture. Small, light weight, good manufacturing process, good material, great optical performance, FF lens and very competitive price. What I want more?
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Stah, pentaxforums.com
2 September 2014
  • Excerpt: Most unexpected ( for me) lens with complicated relationship. Sometimes you can make marvelous shots, sometimes it's just a bucket snap.
  • Pros: IQ, contrast, sharpness like a razor, bokeh, size, price
  • Cons: Counter-light PF, 'complex nature'
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