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Pentax 31mm F/1.8 FA Limited Lens for Pentax and Samsung SLR Cameras
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- The unique PENTAX smc P-FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited lens offers exceptionally high image quality and a wide-angle perspective.
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|Included Components||Front & Rear Lenscaps, Case, Permanently|
|Item Dimensions||2.7 x 2.56 x 2.56 inches|
|Item Display Weight||12.1 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.76 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||31 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||31 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Viewfinder Type||external viewfinder|
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There are various versions of this lens. 1. Silver/Black color; 2. Japan/Vietnam made; 3. Brown/Black leather color lens pouch. Nowadays new FA ltd lens are all Vietnam made, come in Black leather lens pouch, either Silver/Black lens color. There are discussion among Pentax user that the older 'made in Japan' version is better (You can find the discussion and clarification from Ned Bunnell's blog, president of Pentax USA, though he concluded that there is no difference). They usually also command higher price in the 2nd hand market. I think it is personal preference. The old FA ltd that also come with brown lens pouch is more difficult to find (they are like the very first batch produced). A rare version of these 3 lenses come with different color lens pouches to match them as well!Read more ›
***Note that the product shot above is inaccurate; the attached lens hood is actually oriented about 90 degrees from the position shown.
To begin with, the FA 31 has a really nice build. Very sturdy, metal construction. As far as size goes, I would classify it as relatively small. Bigger than most of the DA limiteds, but smaller than most zooms, even the kit lens. The built-in hood is pretty much a waste of space. It probably does something on a full frame camera, but on APS-C it just makes filters harder to get on and off and does little to eliminate lens flare.
With regard to image quality, it is excellent. Moderately sharp wide open, it achieves excellent sharpness by f2. It is quite resistant to flare, has good colors. Manual focusing is very smooth, although it lacks quick shift focusing ability that the DA line of lenses has. Rendering of out of focus areas is excellent. The reason that I sold my Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens was because it had a tendency to render the out of focus portion of scenes quite harshly and its edge sharpness could be quite dismal. The FA 31 is better in both respects.
The biggest problem with the FA 31 limited is that it is expensive. If it was 100 or 150 dollars less, I would feel better about recommending it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is well worth keeping a Pentax camera around, even if you're invested in another system, to use these 'Limited' lenses. Read morePublished 12 months ago by davelawler
This is a lens whose reputation is best known in all of the pentax lens, outstanding optical technology, inside the focus is as sharp as the blade, and outside the focus is melt as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jarvis Christian
I've been shooting Pentax over 5 years and struggled with the purchase of this fine lens. (Mainly because of the high cost of admission!). Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Bennett
I love my lens and it was in great condition! Thank you and I will be back when I buy other lenses!Published on August 10, 2013 by A. Guan
This lens gets perfect 10 for
Build quality (smooth metal body)
What more can you ask for? Read more
Along with the two other limited – 43 and 77 mm – these are the best lenses I have and have ever tried! Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Alex Jørgensen
This lens is epic. I have other prime lenses: 55mm, 100mm and a solid Sigma 10mm - 20mm but none of them compare to this lens. If you own a Pentax, you must own this lens.Published on January 14, 2013 by Murth
No need to say more. FA 31 is the ONE lens you have to get as a pentaxian. It may not be the sharpest lens ever, but the bokeh and rendering is exceptional for sure!Published on March 11, 2012 by MeuronS