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10-24-2009, 08:26 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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F* & FA* club!

I think there were 11 FA* lenses made, and this is my first ever. Some of them are very rare but there should be owners of some of these lenses here. I know the forum members have the FA*24/f2, FA*85/1.4, FA*200/2.8, FA* 200/F4 macro, FA* 300/4.5, FA*28-70/2.8, FA* 80-200/2.8 and the FA*250-600/f5.6. I would love to see some images taken with these and other FA* lenses.

P.S: I didn't realize that there were F* lenses as well. I know both F* and FA* 300/4.5 shares the same optical formula, and I think both star lenses should be included here...


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10-24-2009, 03:23 PM - 1 Like   #2
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I have only one FA* - same as you.

Pentax PENTAX K20D,Pentax smc P-FA* 24mm f/2.0 AL IF 1/200s f/8.0 at 24.0mm iso125


Pentax *ist DS ,Pentax smc P-FA* 24mm f/2.0 AL IF 1/60s f/11.0 at 24.0mm iso200


Pentax *ist DS ,Pentax smc P-FA* 24mm f/2.0 AL IF 1/4000s f/5.6 at 24.0mm iso200
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Fa*300/4.5

Disclaimer: plese bear in mind these are from first - hurried - outing, so I didn't get the chance yet to get the best out of this lens. But first shots are promising IMO.







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Here are a couple frome me

FA* 24 f2


FA* 85 f1.4
10-25-2009, 12:49 PM   #6
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FA* lenses....???

Just kidding of course! I am curious to see what the images are like with some of the FA* lenses I do not own. It seems to be a mixed bag with the FA* 24/2 for some folks, but I certainly don't see that here! Beautiful colors in all of the images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Langille..... It seems to be a mixed bag with the FA* 24/2 for some folks, [B:
but I certainly don't see that here! Beautiful colors in all of the images.
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so far definitely agree on this...
KEH is showing 3 in stock and I'm getting really tempted...
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I am getting attached to this FA24/f2 very quickly. I am trying to keep other lenses on my K-7, but pretty soon I am reaching for my FA24 to make me happy. Today, I tried the FA77, F135 and the DA21, all of them are stellar lenses, but then I attach the FA24/f2, and I was happy. I think it is going to be my walk around lens, my perfect focal length for landscapes.
Here is one from today.....Click on it to enlarge.



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FA* 85mm f/1.4

First shots from this lens. First impression - just amazing. Great bokeh at f1.4, reasonable sharp and accurate AF. Build like tank

Pentax PENTAX K20D,Pentax smc P-FA* 85mm f/1.4 IF
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That first image is absolutely phenomenal.

You also have a bunch of very nice lenses there, it looks like the best of the best. wow!
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
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That first image is absolutely phenomenal.

You also have a bunch of very nice lenses there, it looks like the best of the best. wow!
thanks,

yes I already collected Pentax best lenses below 100mm (in my opinion): FA *24, FA31, FA43, A50/1.2, FA50/2.8 macro, FA77 and FA*85.
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FA* 85mm on a fall walkabout



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I am getting a sever case of FA*85/1.4 LBA....I might sell my FA77/1.8 and save up some $ and get this...it is absolutely brilliant.
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FA* club...probably not descriptive enough. For me it's more of a fetish. Before fondling my FA*'s I dress in latex and hire a dominatrix (OK, so she volunteers to be near those beautiful lenses).

I'm one of the few who didn't like the 24/2, but I blame that on a bad copy. Also sold an FA*300/4.5 which I still regret--though the buddy I sold it to lets me play with it as long as I don't show up at his door in latex with a whip-happy companion.

Still shooting FA*28-70/2.8, FA*80-200/2.8 and FA*250-600/5.6 for zooms. And FA*200/4 Macro and FA*600/4 for primes (yes the 3 amigos too but they have no *).

I just plain love the FA* color rendition and bokeh plus their way too heavy heft is something I like a lot too as I pretty much only shoot from a tripod. So other people have gym memberships, I carry FA* lenses. The more I shoot the better shape I'm in--so I can look good in latex!
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
I am getting a sever case of FA*85/1.4 LBA....I might sell my FA77/1.8 and save up some $ and get this...it is absolutely brilliant.
Now I have both the FA*85 1.4 and the 77 Ltd. I love both lenses, but the 77 Ltd is more versatile. The 85mm was designed as a portrait lens, and at least on my copy is not great for distance shots. Portraits and close-ups.... yes yes yes, but medium/long distance the 77 wins by a mile.

Think carefully of your needs before making that swap.
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