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Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited 35mm Primes

4.25 star rating
                      4.25 / 5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $749.98

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length43mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/1.9
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance18 in
    Picture Angle53 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size58 mm
    Groups / Elements7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter2.5 in
    Length1.1 in
    Weight5.5 oz
    Product ID20723883

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cord Lange a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2007

Strengths:    3D effect, smooth wonderful Bokeh, build quality, natural color rendering

Weaknesses:    -

Bottom Line:   
This is the first and best of the Limited´s Series from PENTAX. It´s fantastic well build with massive metal quality. The real secret of this ultimate lens is not only sharpness - it´s the natural 3D effect and the wonderful bokeh of this masterpiece. Open your mind, feel and work with this diva - it is a class of its own. I use it on my K10D and this is the best partner for this lens.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   www.tekade.de

Similar Products Used:   A50/1.4

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mark Mason a Professional from Squamish, BC, canada

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2002

Strengths:    * Light
* Well damped focussing
* Compact
* Good flare resistance

Weaknesses:    * Very poor optics!!!!
* Awful out of focus highlights!!!
* Easy to lose the lens cap
* Expensive

Bottom Line:   
A fine looking lens, and lightweight, but the goods really stop there. I did extensive testing on this lens, and I found it to be very soft from 1.8-5.6, and from 16-22, EVEN when focussing at infinity. (Worse close up, of course.) This "pancake" design (both Nikon and Pentax) is very simple and poor optically. Much better off to forget the slick looks and buy one of Pentax's 50's. I just sold my 43, and good riddance!

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Kerrisdale Cameras,

Similar Products Used:   135 2.8, 400 5.6, 50 2.8 macro, 80-200 2.8, 20-35 4, etc, etc.

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Erik Nordin a Intermediate from Stockholm, Sweden

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2001

Strengths:    Extremely well built and beautiful, compact, fantastic optically (don't know about performance wide open since I almost always stop down to f/4 at least). Better for manual focusing than most other AF lenses due to the damping, wonderful lens hood.

Weaknesses:    Expensive, slower AF due to the damping (ok for me though), focus ring is a little bit too narrow for manual focusing, only silver available in Sweden (doesn't bother me).

Bottom Line:   
A wonderful lens, but it's not really worth the money. Almost the same price as a Leitz lens and with similar qualities, both mechanically and optically. If you (like me) enjoy well built stuff it could give you the extra luxurious joy that makes you bring your camera that extra time, if you only care about the optical performance you should get a 50/1.7, 50/1.4 or 35/2.0 instead.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Scandinavian Photo

Similar Products Used:   Minolta MD 50/1.7, 32/2.8, Olympus 50/1.8, 32/2.8, 35/2.0, Leica Summilux-M 35/1.4, Summicron-M 35/2.0, various other lenses (mostly Olympus and Pentax)

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alan Chan a Intermediate from Canada

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2001

Strengths:    Nice look, solid built, excellent flare control, small size and lght weight.

Weaknesses:    Optically not particular well.

Bottom Line:   
It looks better than it performs. Still a fair buy if optical performance is not the priority.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   SMCP-M 40/2.8
SMCP-A 50/1.4
SMCP-A 50/1.7

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wilson Chow a Casual from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2001

Strengths:    Light weight, but well built construction. Good looking appearance. Good optics.

Weaknesses:    Price is almost a double of FA50/1.4.

Bottom Line:   
In my opinion, the main selling point is beautiful outlook. Flare control and sharpness is very good. The focusing ring is a bit too narrow to hold when I use it with MF body.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Pentax A50/1.7, FA50/2.8Marco. Nikon MF50/1.8, AF50/1.4. Contax G45/2

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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