New smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited (FF) review from PENTAXforums

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“The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performance, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our old reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution full-frame sensor.

Today we begin this series with our review of the FA 31mm F1.8. Widest among the FA Limiteds, sporting an all-metal construction, minimalist design and fast aperture in a compact frame, the FA 31mm constantly ends up on the shortlist of the best lenses for the K-mount.

The FA Limited lenses were introduced at the beginning of the millennium, more than 15 years ago. Do they stand the test of time? Is their reputation truly deserved? Read our review to find out!”

“The SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited is a lens that needs no introduction. Created in 2001 by the legendary lens designer Jun Hirakawa, the FA 31mm is part of a trio of FA Limited primes, together with the FA 43mm and FA 77mm. Often referred to as the Three Princesses or the Three Amigos, these lenses have often been numbered among the best lenses ever produced.

The FA 31mm, with its wide field of view (especially on full frame), is often regarded more as a landscapes lens, but it is not bound to this single application. Its fast maximum aperture and relatively small size make it convenient for street photography, candids and even group photography in a studio. On APS-C, 31mm becomes close to normal, behaving as a 50mm would on full frame…”

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That would be great to see those amazing FA limited lenses with HD coated new optics!


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