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SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited

Sharpness 
 9.8
Aberrations 
 8.7
Bokeh 
 9.7
Autofocus 
 8.8
Handling 
 9.6
Value 
 9.1
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SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited

SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
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SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
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SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
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Description:
The 77mm Limited lens features a metal body and built-in hood.

SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 9 blades
Optics
7 elements, 6 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
No
Min. Focus
70 cm
Max. Magnification
0.14x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 21 ° / 18 °
Full frame: 31.5 ° / 26 °
Hood
Built-in, slide out
Case
Dedicated pouch
Lens Cap
Dedicated metal push-on
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
64 x 48 mm (2.5 x 1.9 in.)
Weight
270 g (9.5 oz.)
Production Years
1999 to present (in production)
Pricing
$896 USD current price
Engraved Name
smc PENTAX-FA 1:1.8 77mm Limited
Product Code
27970 (silver), 27980 (black)
Reviews
User reviews
In-depth review
Notes
FREE (Fixed Rear Element Extension) focusing system

Features:
Screwdrive AutofocusBuilt-in HoodAperture RingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame Support
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Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2013
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 991

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 14, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, well built, beautiful rendering and bokeh
Cons: Expensive, purple fringing in high contrast situations
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K30   

I've always wanted this lens but have either never had the money to buy it or couldn't justify the price. When traveling, I found a store that allowed me to try it out on my K30 I had with me. I first took a photo of my wife with a DA 70mm 2.4, and thought it looked great. Then I mounted this FA 77mm 1.8 and took the same picture and from the very first click I could see the "pixie dust" that everyone refers to. I ended up buying it right there on the spot, and somehow got the wife's somewhat approval to do so

There is just something to this lens that makes photos look so pleasant. It is as if the lens is super sharp, yet never in a harsh way. The colors are beautiful and accurate. It is perfect for portraits, and was obviously was designed this way. It is also perfect for flowers and nature, and is so sharp that if you have a high megapixel camera you can easily crop for macro shots. The bokeh is good, and the way the subject is isolated from the background is unique and what gives this lens its personality. In some instances the bokeh can appear a bit busy however.

Where this lens really shows its age in design (circa 1999) is in high contrast situations since it was designed for a film camera and not for digital. Purple fringing will show up, and does often. I can correct it somewhat easily with photoshop but it does take extra time. The autofocus isn't faster than the competition, but when comparing it to other wide aperture primes around the same focal length it isn't any worse either. My lens will focus accurately on my K30, and any out of focus shots can usually be contributed to me not holding still enough to nail the razor thin depth of field. If the lens had quick shift focus override (it doesn't), I still don't think I could be much better than my camera is in terms of accuracy. A lot of torque is exerted when focusing such that some people said the lens can even loosen itself up over time. Mine has not had this problem.

The build quality of this lens would make you think you were using vintage glass. Even the cap is finely machined aluminum and I find the built in hood a welcome addition. The most surprising thing about this lens is how small it is; it is only a little bigger than my DA 50mm 1.8. Yes, it is pricey, and it does have a few limitations but if you compare it to Leica and Zeiss pricing it is a good value. If Pentax ever does update this lens with modern coatings to reduce the purple fringing, it would be perfect as long as it didn't change the character of the lens.

Here's a bunch of samples:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/34287650146/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/18625803189/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/16999808477/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/17207363771/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/17000514087/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/17317637930/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/16587750743/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/17216607642/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/17206660691/in/dateposted-public/
   
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2014
Location: Paris
Posts: 1,928

6 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 21, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharpness, bright, great color
Cons: not WR
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: New   

I borrow this lens for a month from a dealer, firstly because it's a legend and I'm a curious guy, I really want to "test the legend", secondly it's the winner of the Pentax Lens Tournament
Update : I love the lens so much I bought it never look back, it outperforms any other lens in my collection So, what it delivers ? a very high class lens, sharp wide open, I usually shoot wide open at every possible situation (unless I want a lot of background), color is great, very bright.
Autofocus rarely hunt. Manual focus is SOOOOOOOO SMOOOOOOOOTH, I love the MF of this lens !!!Some example :







   
New Member

Registered: September, 2014
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: October 1, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, bokeh, colour rendition, bouild quality
Cons: some CA
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 6    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K10D   

Great bokeh, very good sharpness, beautiful lens. Slow AF, some CA.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: March, 2014
Posts: 1,290

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 11, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: small, fast enough, character
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3   

My first Ltd. I am beginning to love it.
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2012
Location: Moscow
Posts: 13
Lens Review Date: September 2, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Overall IQ, sharpness, bokeh, colours, contrast, size
Cons: Price, slight PF, slow AF, both of mine were built not so good
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K10d, K20d, K-30   

Two words:"Highly recommended!"

Probably, it was my bad karma, but both my 77LIMs (MIJ) were disassembled themselves after several years of work. However, I repaired them and kept the silver one. No further issues so far, for last 3 years.

Despite of this fact, the lens is outstanding portrait performer with unique IQ.



My other shots by this lens.
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2013
Posts: 17
Lens Review Date: September 1, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent built and image quality
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K3   

This is my first FA limited lens. Its excellent. Just get one. Very sharp and beautiful colors.
   
Junior Member

Registered: December, 2011
Location: Los Angeles,CA.
Posts: 30

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 27, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: amazing image quality, renders beautifully, gorgeous looking lens and build, everything is amazing about the lens.
Cons: I wish it wasn't as much as it is but I was very happy to spend that money.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: Pentax K-01   

After talking with Ned Bunnel about the difference between a MIJ V.S. a AIV, I quickly went out and tried to hunt one down. I found an amazing condition MIJ for $700 and instantly snatched it up. Though, if I found an AIV for the same price, I would have bought that one too.

This is an amazing lens. I shoot a majority of my work at f/1.8 and it is incredible at that aperture. It is always sharp and delivers great image quality. I have been using it for the last few months so I'm sure I will continue to discover more things about it but for now I am very happy. I've been using my D800 with a 85mm 1.8d and was hoping to find a smaller camera/lens combo.On top of that, I really wanted something that gave a very different look then that combo. And this is really a great new combo I have going on( K-01 and 77mm ).

Everyone has chimed in already about this lens but my take is thisÖ.
As a portrait shooter, finding a lens that works well with my style has always been important. I find that I constantly look for the individual character of any given lens, its ability to produce sharp images, and its size/build quality. The 77mm Ltd fills that criteria. All of those things, are done to such an umpteenth on this lens. But I'm sure you want to really hear what I love Ö.so here goes.

I really love the rendering of this lens. The lens creates a feel and look that is completely its own signature. I really feel that the lens has an ability to separate the subject from background supremely well. It does this by pulling out the subject and then rendering it differently then the background. I have seen this but only with my Leica lenses. There is a very definite pop to the subject.

It is as sharp as everyone says it is. Be very careful about what your focus point is because it will be the point of focus for the viewers eyes. Just know it will be sharp.

I know this is silly but as a lens physicallyÖ.it is gorgeous. It was made with care. The materials used, the way it was designed, and the craftsmanship is superb. I simply love the sheen and feel of the lens.

I hope this helps. You'll love the lens. I know I spent $700 for a used lens when I have bought new lenses at a lesser price in the same range( i.e. nikon 85mm 1.8 ) but I don't regret it one bit.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 4,857

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 24, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small & Lightweight, produce perfect pictures
Cons: Too expensive
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3   

Hello everybody !

Edit:I still use that lense extensively. The quality is always here, the rendering is fantastic. Done some weddings shoots with it (as amateur) and everybody loved the results! For one of the weddings, there was sort of challenge to get the best pictures. That was done because they didn't want to pay a photograph and wanted to motivate their guests to make a few photos. I liked it because none of us had the presure to photograph everything. There were 3 prices, for the 3 best photos. It was anonymous and many guests had DSLR. I got the 3 best photos and all where from the FA77. It is that good.
So I brought that lens not long ago after months and months of thinking of it. I was not really pleased with FA50 bellow f/2.8 and wanted something longer for architectural detail, portraiture and maybe the occasionnal close-up.


You have to understand that this lens is small, very small. It is smaller than the kit lens, smaller than most prime (non pentax) you could find. It is all metal. The hood is build in and extend when you want to use it. That really nice. You are sure to never forget it and it doesn't need any room.

But you know all of that if you are accustomed to ltds.

This lens give good images from f/1.8. Thoses are not perfect, could be a little more sharp and can exhibit purple frigging. Still you can get some very nice shoot at that setting. f/2.8 is already near perfect and f/4+ this is perfect. You do not often see something as pleasing as this !

At all appertures, the bokeh is very nice, very smooth, un-obtrusive. Colors are fantastic and subtle. Contrast is very good, and there details in all tones.

If you don't like post processing, this lens is for you: it is produce perfect images out of the box. You might want to touch maybe a bit a f/1.8, but that would be all.

My only complain really is the price !

Edit: added examples

Perfect for landscape: Sharp corners to corners. It give you reach, the perspective compression you need and can be cropped quite a bit. Colors are great.

FA77, f/8, 1/250, iso 100
IMGP2779 by Nicolas, sur Flickr


Focal length and wide apperture allow to isolate big subjects.

FA77, f/2.8, 1/2000 iso 100

IMGP4883 by Nicolas, sur Flickr

FA77, f/2.8, 1/3200, iso 100
IMGP5539 by Nicolas, sur Flickr

It is fantastic for portraiture... Maybe better outdoor due to the focal length

FA77, f/4.5, 1/800

IMGP4814 by Nicolas, sur Flickr

FA77, f/2, 1/320
IMGP1054 by Nicolas, sur Flickr

FA77, f/2.8, 1/400

IMGP6076 by Nicolas, sur Flickr

Indoor, for events itt make a fantastic work due to focal length and apperture. Reach is great. Might not fit tight interiors through.


IMGP3165 by Nicolas, sur Flickr

FA77, f/1.8 1/250s
IMGP5993 by Nicolas, sur Flickr




All in all, this a perfect walkarround lense, general purpose tele, in combination with a wide angle (like DA21).... You could likely take almost anything with DA21 + FA77.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: November, 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 3,698

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 25, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $670.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, Solidity, Compact design
Cons: None
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-7   

I bought the FA77mm f1.8 comparatively late. I bought the FA31mm f1.8 much earlier and I regard it as the reference lens. At some stages, I was intrigued by many positive comments about the FA77mm and I read this article describing the FA77mm as 'the Best (Autofocus) Lenses Money Can Buy' (http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-02-05-02.shtml) across all brands.

When I got the FA77mm I was slow to use it. I tended to shoot mostly between 30 and 60 mm, using especially my FA31mm and Voigtlander Nokton 58mm. It took me nearly 6 months before I learned to use the FA77mm and I love it now.

The IQ of the lens is definitely its major asset. The lens is sturdy, well built and the AF is fast on the K-7. It is even faster on the K-3. The FA77 is also comparatively a small lens and its compactness is an asset IMO.

The lens is also fast and works wonders in low light.

Altogether, the lens is highly recommended. And you do need to learn to respect the FA77 mm f1.8 Ltd.
   
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Registered: October, 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 6,688

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 16, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $780.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp & nice bokeh. Great focal length on film.
Cons: Hood, cap, distance scale and manual focusing capabilities.
New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K Series film bodies (K1000, KM, KX, K2, K2DMD)   

I only shoot film and mainly picked up the FA77/1.8 as a second short telephoto lens to go along with my K85/1.8. I found a nice MIJ early s/n (0000xxx) silver FA77 on eBay to add to my collection. It also came with the original box, green pouch and silver lens hood.

Optics/Bokeh:
The FA77 is very sharp, has a nice bokeh and there are no PF/CA issues that I found shooting film. Excellent optics overall.

Focal length:
On film 77mm is a short portrait/telephoto or even a long normal/standard focal length. The 77mm FL is versatile enough to be used for many other things than just portrait work. Itís also different enough from 85mm to justify having both, though I do like the 85mm FL a bit better for portrait work. On APS-C you get just get a portrait/telephoto and loose some of the FA77ís versatility.

Handling/Mechanics:
The only issues I have with the FA77 are handling/usage related:

- The manual focus and aperture ring are a bit small, so itís not the best for manual focusing and manually setting the aperture.
- The distance/aperture scale is too compact and hard to use.
- The built-in hood does not work well with a polarizer filter and would have been better if it were screw-in like the FA43.
- The lens cap is terrible and keeps falling off.

I donít have a camera body that supports AF, so I canít comment on that feature of the FA77.

Speed:
F/1.8 is fine for this focal length, though in a perfect world it would be a FA77/1.4. Iím sure than would have added a few hundred dollars to the already high price!

The FA77/1.8 vs the K85/1.8:
Compared to my next closest short telephoto prime the K85/1.8, the FA77 would come in second. Both lenses have similar optics, are close to the same physical size and have almost the same minimum focusing distance. However if I had to choose between the two I would take the older K85/1.8, as itís better built and is way easier to manual focus. The FA77ís compact size makes it cumbersome to use.

Overall the FA77/1.8 is another classic Pentax lens, though I wish it was slightly bigger and easier to use.

Sample shots taken with the FA77/1.8LTD. Photos are medium resolution scans from original negatives or slides.


Camera: K2DMD Film: Ilford Delta 100 ISO: 100





Camera: K2DMD Film: Fuji Sensia 100 ISO: 100

   
Site Supporter

Registered: September, 2013
Location: MŁnchen
Posts: 164
Lens Review Date: March 6, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: everything
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-5 IIs   

This lens is simply breathtaking. Sharpness, course of sharpness, Colours, bokeh, 3D impression... to say nothing of the build quality. And I never experienced any CAs from my (AIV) copy, or maybe I just didn't care.

   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 426
Lens Review Date: January 23, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Best lens I have ever used
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: LX, K-01   

Absolutely gorgeous on film. A tiny bit of CA on digital sensors is really the only thing wrong. Love the built in hood. This think is glued to my LX.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: July, 2012
Location: Ceadir-Lunga
Posts: 194
Lens Review Date: October 16, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $710.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Perfectly sharp, fully working f/1.8, an incredible figure, great bokeh, colorful, great in control! The legendary lens!
Cons: No! No! No!
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: Used   

My lens is a silver version. I'm very satisfied! Gorgeous, fabulous and favorite lens!
If possible, add photo examples!
   
Pentaxian

Registered: January, 2011
Location: SkŚne, Sweden
Posts: 470

15 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 22, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $860.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Rendering, build quality, handling, sharpness
Cons: Aberrations
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 8    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-3, K-5   

This review is for a mint condition 'Made in Japan' FA77 bought second-hand in Sweden, serial nr in the 0014xxx-range.

PROS
  • Rendering (transitions)
  • Compact size (great handling on Pentax DSLRs)
  • Build quality
  • Very sharp already at wide apertures
  • Autofocus speed
  • Full-frame compatible, aperture ring

CONS
  • Slight aberrations (longitudinal and lateral)
  • Showing age in some areas (no quick-shift, aberrations)
  • A bit pricey

I USE IT FOR
  • Portraits (full body, half-body, headshots)
  • Weddings (indoor, outdoor)
  • Sports (may be too short for some situations)

The first Limited I got was the DA40, and soon I started to buy them as mint second-hand samples came on the market. After a couple of years I got all the DA Limiteds and I was pretty well covered (I don't shoot much longer telephoto). There was something mythical about the FA Limiteds though, so after a while I started to look for them as well. The DA70 was my favorite of the DA Limiteds, working great for portraits, sharp wide open and so very small. I have read about the 'pixie dust' of the FA77, and it is also faster, full frame / film compatible (I use a ME Super sometimes), has an aperture ring and is a bit faster.

I don't like big lenses, so I use the FA77 (and the DA70) as general purpose short tele/tele lenses. The main use for me is portraits (works for both full body, half and head), events and weddings. Since I have compared it a lot to the DA70 I will use that lens for comparison in this review, and maybe it can help someone choosing which one to buy.

To go trough the basics first. The lens is VERY sharp. Like all lenses it is slightly softer wide open, but I wouldn't call it soft. It gradually builds up and I have used it mostly at F2.2 - F2.8. If you want a model in full focus F1.8 might give too shallow DoF, but that up to you what kind of look you want. With nine apertures blades it the bokeh stays nice at most apertures, so you don't need worry about stopping down with respect to that. The bokeh is very pleasing, but it certainly has a character. A few of the many 85/1.4 lenses around that I've inspected images from has a super clean and almost to perfect bokeh. I love some distinction in the halos and a bit of swirlyness One of the drawbacks of the lens is various aberrations. I think it is a combination of the age of the lens (designed for film) and the large aperture. All lenses struggle in backlit situations, but I would say that the FA77 fares a bit worse than average. Lateral CA is easy to correct in Lightroom 4, but longitudinal is more difficult. As long as you stop down a bit in these difficult situations you would fare pretty well.

Autofocus is fast, but not as fast as the DA Limiteds. I don't mind the screw-drive noise, but in these SDM-days it is worth mentioning. I have used the DA*50-135 for a while and even though it has SDM it was much slower than the Limited-lenses. Also I wouldn't think that I should miss quick-shift from my DA Limiteds, but I guess that I use it more than I thought. It can be small situations like when you are about to put the camera in the bag, you want to retract the lens (focus to infinity), and then you have to fiddle with the AF/MF-switch on the camera. Small things, but I think it is worth mentioning. Build quality is otherwise on par with the DA Limiteds, which is to say very good - tight tolerances, nice materials. The aperture ring has a very slight play though, but as does my FA31 and FA43, so I think it is supposed to be like that. The leather case of the FA Limiteds are a bit sturdier than the DA Limiteds, also the cap has a nice green felt The size of the lens is pretty amazing, having in mind that it is full-frame, fast and feature autofocus as well as a proper aperture ring. There are not many like this around for other mounts. I mean, even the Olympus 75/1.8 for micro4/3 is larger and heavier! Size and weight is perfect for the small Pentax DSLR-bodies like the K-5, well balanced and still large enough to support the lens/camera with both hands.

How does it compare to my old favorite then, the DA70? Well, it is sharper at the same apertures, but both are sufficiently sharp. Bokeh is both smoother and has more character than the DA70, but again - both are good. The FA77 has definitely more problems with abberations, you might want to be a bit cautions in some situations, where the DA70 can handle pretty much everything. The DA70 is also smaller and focuses faster, but both are fast and small compared to the competition. Now comes the big thing speaking for the FA77.. the mythical 'pixie dust'. I would say that it is mostly how the in-focus to out-of-focus transition is handled, which makes the subject almost pop out of the background. Combined with a certain character of the bokeh (and pretty lots of it being a fast lens) and good contrast at larger aperture will combined create the sought-after dust

I have not yet decided on which one to keep, the DA70 or the FA77. Both has their advantages, and has any major weakness either. The FA77 is pretty expensive, but it also is pretty unique. Just don't expect perfection (super sharp and no aberrations wide open). Compact, high quality, short telephoto primes is an area where we Pentaxians are spoiled!

Pentax K-5, SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited. 1/160 sec at f/2.2, ISO 400.


Pentax K-5, SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited. 1/125 sec at f/2.5, ISO 1600.


Pentax K-5, SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited. 1/125 sec at f/2.5, ISO 100.


Pentax K-3, SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited. 1/200 sec at f/2.5, ISO 200.


Pentax K-3, SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited. 1/125 sec at f/2.5, ISO 400.


My pictures on flickr with this lens
   
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Registered: April, 2011
Location: Lost in translation ...
Posts: 17,881

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 31, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, bokeh, build, transitions, size, hood, 49mm filter ... ...
Cons: No Quickshift, some PF, AF hunt & noise ...
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-5, K-r   

Bonjour,

This the 69th review of this great lens ... so what can be said which already has not been said?!

I have been shooting this lens for about a month and most of the reviews are correct in that it is a superlative piece of equipment and an absolute pleasure to use. It's now my "go to" portrait lens, hands down, and I think that over time it will become my favorite.

I like the addition FL over the 35's & 50/55/58's that I normally use, and it's shorter than my current favorite lens, the D FA 100/2.8 Macro WR. The FA 77/1.8 would be nearly perfect if one could add Quickshift and WR to it ... it would never come off my K-5!

Yes, it will PF and hunt AF at times, but that's no biggie. The bokeh is great and transitions can be sublime. From what I have seen thus far, I can only rate this lens as a "10" ... glad that I made the investment in this lens, because I am confident that it will pay off in the long run ... easy.

Salut, John le Frog

Wide open ... K-5, PP minor crop, ISO 200, 1/50s

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