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07-30-2007, 01:30 PM   #1
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Pentax 31mm Limited

I have had a chance to really put this lens through a workout and have to say that it has to be one of the most incredible lenses I have ever used. Geez is it ever clinically sharp..It definitely makes my "Brutally Sharp" category...Anyone else here use it?

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Yep

Yes...but havnt had the time recently to take enough photos with it

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Wow, that is a stunning image! The lens is on the 'future' list of purchases but at $1200 CDN, the 50-500 needs to come first
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I have had a chance to really put this lens through a workout and have to say that it has to be one of the most incredible lenses I have ever used. Geez is it ever clinically sharp..It definitely makes my "Brutally Sharp" category...Anyone else here use it?

Ben
I'd be very interested to see some of you sample shots with this lens too.


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Sure, the FA31/1.8 is my always-on-the-K10D standard lens. Though sometimes it alternates with the FA43/1.9 if I need just a little stricter angle. With the FA77/1.8 and the DA21/3.2, it is a perfect walk-around kit for street photography.

I am still hoping Pentax would provide me with a slightly longer and shorter focal length to make it really perfect. For now the Zenitar takes the wide end, but I would love a DA16/4 limited or sth alike. And a DA*135/2 would be a dream tele!

OT: The FA31/1.8 has one minor problem... The fixed hood... Not very efficient and not polarizer friendly at all... It's also a bit bigger than I would want it, esp on my DS it was huge, but it balances nicely on the K10D!!

Love the limiteds!!

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Gorgeous!!!

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Yes...but havnt had the time recently to take enough photos with it


That is one GORGEOUS photo!

Bravo
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31 Limited Sample

QuoteOriginally posted by Mechan1k Quote
I'd be very interested to see some of you sample shots with this lens too.
This was shot with the Pentax 31 Limited...

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07-31-2007, 07:31 AM   #8
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So was this...



It is also my sole lens right now. I'm going to sell my kit lens.

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Ben,

Wonderful image that you posted here. I like the movements and the questions that the image begsbe asked.

None-the-less, I use this lens regularly too. I like the solid feel and the weight of the lens. It harkens back to the old days when lenses were solidly constructed and often offered higher quality imaging.

I use this as my street lens when in the city and find that the versatility is there in landscapes as it is my lens of choice for mosaic and pano imaging too.

BEWARE... looking at the images below, in preview, shows that they did not do too well in downsizing and compression for this post. There is no edge artifact in the original of any of these images.

Stephen

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QuoteOriginally posted by SCGushue Quote
Ben,

Wonderful image that you posted here. I like the movements and the questions that the image begsbe asked.

None-the-less, I use this lens regularly too. I like the solid feel and the weight of the lens. It harkens back to the old days when lenses were solidly constructed and often offered higher quality imaging.

I use this as my street lens when in the city and find that the versatility is there in landscapes as it is my lens of choice for mosaic and pano imaging too.

BEWARE... looking at the images below, in preview, shows that they did not do too well in downsizing and compression for this post. There is no edge artifact in the original of any of these images.

Stephen
Great work Stephan. You have a natural eye for composition..
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The lens looks REALLY good, but i think it's out of my pricerange at the moment (that being me buying myselves a car right now ^^, let's just wait a couple of months ;D)
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I made this one last sunday with the FA31/1.8 at a world music festival:


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QuoteOriginally posted by Ishpuini Quote
I made this one last sunday with the FA31/1.8 at a world music festival:


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For want of a little fill flash.

Lovely image.
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Some really nice photos you have posted here (damn!!! that flower really pops up!!!!!). Usually, I shoot portraits with it but I suppose it takes time to really valuate all its capabilities (it took me 2 whole years to understand how beautiful lens FA 50/1.4 is).
Here are a few photos with my copy of the lens :

















In my opinion so far these are some of the major pros and cons:

Pros:
Tack sharp even at 1.8
Beautiful bokeh
Built quality (solid)
Size
Flare resistance (very good but not as good as FA35/2)
Contrast

Cons:
Purple fringing (however you can easily remove it in ps)
A bit heavy for its size (that could also be at pros)
Fixed hood
Price makes it difficult to acquire it...
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Thank you

QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
That is one GORGEOUS photo!

Bravo

Thank you very much.
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