Pentax FA 43mm F1.9 Limited Review Posted

An in-depth review on full frame

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 16, 2018

The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performances, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution large sensor.

After reviewing the widely popular FA 31mm F1.8 and 77mm F1.8, we now look at the smallest and lightest of the FA Limited, the 43mm F1.9. Like its siblings, the 43mm is made entirely of metal, offers a fast aperture in a small, elegant body. Not quite as renowned as the FA 31mm and 77mm, the 43mm is still among the most popular lenses in our database.

The FA 43mm was the first Limited ever created, 20 years ago this year. How does it compare with more recent lenses? Read our review to find out!

Continue to the FA 43mm Limited Review

Pentax FA 77mm F1.8 Limited Review Posted

Detailed test on full-frame

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 4, 2018

The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performances, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the Pentax K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution large sensor.

Following our reviews of the FA 31mm on full-frame, we continue this series with a review of the FA 77mm F1.8, with the review of the FA 43mm to follow next week. A serious contender for the "best Pentax lens ever made" contest that was held a few years ago, the 77mm represents, for many, the ideal portrait lens. Unobtrusive, compact, fast and superbly crafted, the 77mm has many admirers and few critics.

The 77mm is the most recent of the FA Limited, but is still more than 15 years old. Can it still hold its own in 2018?

Read our FA 77mm review to find out!

For reference, here is our old review on APS-C.

Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Dec 6, 2017

The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performance, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our old reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution full-frame sensor.

Today we begin this series with our review of the FA 31mm F1.8. Widest among the FA Limiteds, sporting an all-metal construction, minimalist design and fast aperture in a compact frame, the FA 31mm constantly ends up on the shortlist of the best lenses for the K-mount.

The FA Limited lenses were introduced at the beginning of the millennium, more than 15 years ago. Do they stand the test of time? Is their reputation truly deserved? Read our review to find out!

SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Review (Full Frame)

How to Modify the DA* 60-250mm F4 for Full Frame

By bdery in Articles and Tips on Nov 5, 2017

Pentax’s K-mount has one of the most comprehensive APS-C lens lineups on the market. On the other hand, the digital-era full frame line-up is growing but still small. With the release of the Pentax K-1, many users have taken to testing APS-C lenses to see if they can, in fact, be used on full frame.

With its zoom range, fixed aperture and excellent image quality, the Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4 is a lens that many photographers would have liked to see working on full frame. Sadly, using it in full frame mode without modification leads to dark corners at the wide end and fully black corners at the tele end, as you can see here.

The culprit is a flange on the rear baffle of the lens. Easily accessible, this baffle can be removed, modified or replaced to allow full frame operation.

In this article, we present a step-by-step method to modify the lens, as well as various options to replace the baffle. We also test thoroughly the lens’s optical performance after the modification to evaluate the impact of the change.

Is the modification worth it? Can the 60-250mm be used reliably in full frame mode? Read on to find out!

Modifying the DA* 60-250mm F4 for Full Frame

HD Pentax D-FA 150-450mm F4.5-F5.6 Review Posted

High-performance full frame telephoto zoom lens

By bdery in Review Announcements on Jun 22, 2017

We reviewed the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW on APS-C back in 2015, before the launch of the Pentax K-1 full frame camera. Today we are proud to present an updated version of this review, presenting a defailed performance analysis on full frame. This completes our series of reviews of the current D FA zoom lineup.

The 150-450mm is currently the longest zoom available new for Pentax DSLRs, and has the second longest focal length overall. It has a variable aperture, an extremely rugged, all weather design, a 3x zoom range and an impressive array of external controls. We had been impressed by the lens's capabilities on APS-C. Read our review to find out how this new lens fared in our full frame tests!

Read our Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-F5.6 In-Depth Review

Price Alert! As of the writing of this post, this lens is retailing at just $1995 in the US— the lowest price we've seen in over a year.

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