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Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Lens with Case and Hood

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  • Telephoto lens
  • Fully automatic diaphragm
  • Minimum focus distance of 2.3 feet
  • 31.5 degree angle of view
  • Built-in lens hood
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches ; 9.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000EA3RW4
  • Item model number: 27980
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Product Description

Pentax FA 77mm F1.8 Limited Black Lens 27980

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Customer Reviews

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This lens feels like a REAL lens.
Adrian
Very Very nice Bokeh and SHARPNESS Yes. it has purple fringe but it doesn't bother me at all.
TOKUSHI
It is satisfyingly sharp wide open with beautiful color and contrast.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By 6x9 on November 11, 2007
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This is really an amazing lens with "retro" design. It comes with a nice leather bag. The lens feels great in hands, operation is smooth. I liked also the built-in retracting hood. The original cap is metal (as seen in some old lenses) and it sits on the hood itself (not on the front part of the lens, as usually). But there is absolutely no problem in using filters with this lens. Even if you put a screw-in filter of a standard thickness, the cap is long enougth to attach safely to the hood.

The large maximum aperture allows you shooting indoors with available light.

The bokeh of this lens is absolutely gorgeous. You have to see it! An excellent lens for head portraits. And it is good for 35 mm format too.

I did not give 5 stars to this product mainly because the lens I have received had (and still has) a "bug". The aperture shape is visibly far from ideal at f/22 and this imperfection can still be seen at f/16. Ok, I know that this is not really affecting the image quality, and I will hardly ever shoot at f/22 or even at f/16. But I was disappointed to see such problem in the prime product. Well, the price tag certainly sets yout expectations high.

What I do not know for sure, if this was a manufacturing defect, or something went wrong during shipping. But in either case it is not good.
I prefer to buy lenses in stores for this reason, at least it is possible to see/check before buying. But I had no choice in this case.

Another observation (much less important to me) is purple fringing in high contract situations when shooting at large apertures. It is only visible from wide open till f/3.5 in most cases. I can live easily with this.

The lens focuses rather slowly (but acurately) with both my K10D and *istDs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Ferreira on November 17, 2010
I have owned this lens for a bit more than a year now. And I have to say that it is my favourite Pentax lens. (I own all three of the FA Limiteds .) Superb colour, outstanding bokeh and sharpness that competes with the very best. (Certainly sharper than the Zeiss 85mm 1.4 ZK which I briefly owned. It is only outdone by my Zeiss 100mm f2 Makro Planar--a lens that is twice the size and twice the price.)

While it is true that there is slight colour fringing when shot wide open, you will rarely notice this. The overall colour rendition is superb; the bokeh (at f1.8) is beautiful; and, unlike some 'fast' lenses, there is accurate focusing with no apparent 'focus shift' when stopped down.

Its rugged construction, small size and superb performance make it an ideal mate with both Pentax aps-c cameras and film. (I regularly use this lens on my Pentax MX .) The only complaint that I have is that the metal lens cap is useless with filters. (I simply use a plastic snap on.) And, while I didn't like it at first, the integrated pull-out hood really is convenient.

The price on this lens has been steadily climbing, and there are questions of its future availability. I have heard (though I don't have direct experience) that it significantly outperforms the 70mm f2.4 Limited (aps-c only). My advice: buy a 77mm limited while you still can. You won't regret it.
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This lens feels like a REAL lens. Not a lens made to a budget. It feels solid, paintwork is excellent, lenscap has felt lining on inside, lens bag is leather and best of all, it is small and light, especially compared to f1.4 lenses, which are 1 stop down. So far, I have not felt being f1.8 instead of f1.4 has been any handicap at all. Perhaps I am still too inexperienced, but combining this lens, with the latest generation of Pentax dslr's with the Sony sensor, is a killer combination.

The Good:

- solid build- metal.
- beautiful glass
- beautiful photos- sharp, the colour looks right, bokeh excellent. I feel photos that I take just seem to naturally look great with this lens. It's like I hardly have to make any effort at all.
- small size and lightness make it easy to carry and swop with other lenses. eg I have a Sigma 30mm f1.4, which is twice the size and weight, yet looks more el cheapo. (results for the 30mm f1.4 are pretty good too, but that's another story :) )
- built in lens hood. This may or may not be a pro or con depending on your point of view. It feels well made though.
- looks beautiful attached to my K-5.

The Cons:

- price
- AF- does not focus as quickly or quietly as I would have expected for this price. Certainly not Canon USM quietness or speed. Still, I can AF accurately 99% or the time.
- lens cap. Does not click into interior screw thread on lens like normal lens caps, but instead you have to pull out the lens hood, then press the lens cap over it- stays on by snug fit and suction. This is very important to know because if you have a filter on, the lens cap will not stay in place. You must pull out the hood first, before putting the cap on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Jackson Jr. on August 28, 2014
There are few lenses that can render images so well that people buy cameras just to use that lens or buy adapters to use that lens on other cameras ... the Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 is one of those lenses. I used Pentax for years and when I switched to other camera systems (Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony) I spent money on adapters to let me use this specific lens on those other cameras just so I could keep using this lens. I ended up buying a new Pentax system of multiple cameras and accessories just to use THIS lens ... that is how great the 77mm is at rendering portraits.

When you read the specs sheet for this lens it's "good" but doesn't seem "that great" compared to other lenses priced around $1000. Specs lists don't tell you about the real world sharpness or describe the quality of bokeh in the background of your portraits. The 77mm is simply amazing. This is my favorite lens to use for head shots in the studio, indoors, or on location outside. For me, it boils down to the fact that details are RAZOR SHARP with this lens and the bokeh (the quality of the background blur) is CREAMY SMOOTH.

I own and use the Canon 85mm 1.2 lens for portraits with my Canon gear, and this 77mm lens rivals it in every way. Sure, there isn't the paper thin depth of field at f/1.8 compared to f/1.2, but most of the time you want enough depth to get sharp facial features. The quality of the bokeh on the Pentax 77mm lens at f/1.8 looks like the quality of the bokeh on the Canon 85mm at 1.2 ... just with more detail in the subject's face. That is why I keep using this lens.

Do a Google search for "Pentax 77mm portrait" and you'll find some amazing examples of what this lens can do.

The build quality on this lens is amazing.
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