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07-17-2019, 09:15 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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K-1 with the FA*24

A few years ago, I had a decent copy of the FA* 24mm f2 AL with a K-3II, and very much liked the combination although I found the croped angle of view (~35mm) did not suit me that well.

I really liked the build, speed, sunstars/lack of flare and just general look of the photos. Yes you have to stop down to ~f11 for corner to corner sharpness but I would anyway for landscape. My old copy was very sharp from wide open which I never had an issue with.


Some of the K-3II/FA*24 below

Pentax SMC FA* 24mm f2 AL [IF] | Flickr











Now I have a K-1, I have searched but did not find too many samples of photos with this combination. I have a D-FA28-105 and FA43 which get the most use on it, but looking for a wide-angle.
I have looked at the FA20, Voigtlander 20mm f3.5, FA20-35 f4 etc but I think the FA*24 should be ideal.


What are peoples real-world experience with the FA*24 on the full-frame K-1?

Cheers, Rob

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I have a few K1-FA*24 & FA31Ltd. examples here:

Post your K-1 pictures! - Page 1442 - PentaxForums.com

Taken in 2018 during our Utah vacation.
Check to the "Picture EXIF" to find the photos taken with the FA*24mm.
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there is also the Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG...
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I have a few K1-FA*24 & FA31Ltd. examples here:

Post your K-1 pictures! - Page 1442 - PentaxForums.com

Taken in 2018 during our Utah vacation.
Check to the "Picture EXIF" to find the photos taken with the FA*24mm.
Thanks for the link, some lovely shots , what were your overall impressions of the FA*24?

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Cheers, Rob
Thanks for the lovely photographs!

But which ones is better, the AT or the Ortofon ?
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Thanks for the lovely photographs!

But which ones is better, the AT or the Ortofon ?
Out of those two, by far the AT (AT33/PTGII) like many a lens, no longer in my posession
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoopsontoast Quote
what were your overall impressions of the FA*24?
The FA*24 is a very fine lens, worthy of it's '*'. Its one of my favorites due to it's performance, FoV and colors.

Here are some more links to photos taken with the FA*24 mounted on other Pentax Full Frame cameras
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots - Page 1068 - PentaxForums.com
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots - Page 938 - PentaxForums.com


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I recently picked up an FA* 24 and as others have said it performs well on the K-1. But when I want to go wide, I find myself reaching for my Venus Laowa 12mm Zero-D much more often than the FA*24 ... if you tend to see wide, you might want to consider something in the 12-18 range before you jump on the FA*24.

Like the OP I frequently use the 28-105 as my walkaround and other than the faster aperture I don't find that the FA* 24 gets me that much wider and the IQ is about the same as between both. I am keeping it because I have a severe case of LBA and I do like taking it out with the 31 and 77 primes as a lightweight low light kit.
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I tried the combo for a single in challenge and thoroughly enjoyed my old friend again
Single October 2018 FA*24mm | Flickr
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I love my Irix 15mm on the K-1.
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The FA*24 is a very fine lens, worthy of it's '*'. Its one of my favorites due to it's performance, FoV and colors.

Here are some more links to photos taken with the FA*24 mounted on other Pentax Full Frame cameras
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots - Page 1068 - PentaxForums.com
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots - Page 938 - PentaxForums.com
That first shot of the red car is superb, the sun starts really set it off!
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Has anyone else any recent experience with the FA*24 on a K1?
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoopsontoast Quote
Has anyone else any recent experience with the FA*24 on a K1?
I have been using it on the K-1 recently. If I find a gap later today I’ll put some on Flickr and post a link.
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I do use a FA*24 on my K-1 from time to time. Not that often because the lens is quite bulky (I tend to use a 28 or 35 if I want to travel light, or a Sigma 24-70 when weight is not a concern), but I am very pleased by the results. I actually found this lens unimpressive on my K-5, but much better on the K-1.

Of course this is a specialty lens, 24mm is too short for many uses, but I guess you already know that.

I'm afraid I don't have many samples on line but here is one: pentax k1-5265.small | gallery.glou.org
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OK, here are some from 2018/19 in Devon, Cornwall and Derbyshire.

SMC Pentax-FA* 24mm F2 | Flickr

I like the lens, it has become part of a trio with the FA43 and the DFA 100macro on the K-1.
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