Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC Pentax FA 43mm f/1.9
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15 February 2014
Excerpt: I recently purchased the FA 43 1.9 (AIV, #28xxx) based on its legendary status in the Pentax community. I bought it used on Ebay from a great seller for $500. That is a lot of money to me, so my expectations were high. I mainly photograph friends and family (of the fast-moving preschool sort) and shoot jpegs only (no time to post process at this stage in my life). I use the FA 43 on my simple but capable K-01.
Excerpt: first of all, I had this lense as a gift from a local shop, sells old camera stuffs. It was mounted on Pentax film camera and a shop owner wanted to give me a gift, Because i did favor to him. First, He gave me a chance to choose one of cheap $25 tripod or the pentax film camera with the lens. He never knew the value of the tiny lens. Of course I chose the Pentax.
Pros: Small size, fast AF, f1.9, 43mm on APS sensor is better than 50mm
Excerpt: Hands down my favorite lens. I take this thing everywhere because it's such a flexible focus length, great for portraits but also artsy shots. It does have pixie dust, I don't think there is a real definition of it, but the images have a pop to them that can't be described. Maybe it's the bokeh and mix of soft/sharp at depending on which you want? The contrast is amazing. I bought the other FA's because of it, but the 43 is still my first love.
Excerpt: This is an amazing lens that every bit deserves its high praise. I got it despite also owning a FA 35 f/2 and a DA 40mm f/2.8 because I wanted to experience a FA limited lens-- and this one offers the lowest cost of entry into that magical world. Well, the problem with this lens is that it will get you addicted to FA limiteds and make you dream about owning the other two.
Pros: will sprinkle lots of pixie dust on your pictures
Summary: This sexy metallic lens, reminding of the first manufactured photographic lens assembly in Europe,is the most beautiful standard full frame lens with original settings and stylish presentation. Rather high key,this lens is ideal for dull light condition, stands pretty well against the sun and eventually performs geometrical bokeh in bright light condition at full aperture, but will give full potential and best results at medium aperture.