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Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black) USA

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The Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited is a lens that is close to perfect in terms of focal length. In the 35mm format the ideal definition of a "standard" lens is 43mm, the distance from the corner to corner on a frame of 35mm film.

The 43mm f/1.9 Limited Edition has robust construction for many years of use. Images are sharp and contrasty thanks to Pentax's Super Multi Coating process, which results in a high retention of light. An incredibly lightweight lens with wonderful results.

Performance
Focal Length 43mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 64.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.9
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Pentax K
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Angle of View 53°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (45.72 cm)
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.5 x 1.1" (6.35 x 2.79 cm)
Weight 5.5 oz (156 g)

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PentaxSMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 38 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (26)
  • Nice bokeh (24)
  • Strong construction (24)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Low light (20)
  • Night photography (20)
  • Weddings (16)
  • General purpose (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (5), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

One of the very all-around best

By chickentender

from Seattle, WA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

    It's the combination of strenghts that make this particular lens truly great. It's fast, auto-focus, small, deceptively light, incredibly well built and the focal length is perhaps the most versatile ever. If you can compose well, you can get landscapes and portraits with this. It's neither too long or too short. I've a few lenses that I ordered new, but my copy of this lens was bought locally used at a very decent price - it was an 8-year-old copy and peforms flawlessly. All of the FA limiteds are among my very favorites and this one is brilliantly situated in the middle of the triad. I'll never sell this lens.

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    5.0

    The Finest AF Lenses

    By Christian V.

    from Fairfax, VA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

      These are film-era lenses with screw-drive autofocus. Pretty quick but make a slight noise.

      The older SMC coating is also prone to fringing wide-open in high contrast situations. Luckily there's a PP adjustment in your Pentax body to help minimize.

      Quirks aside, they quite possibly capture the most stunning and vibrant photos on film or your DSLR sensor, which help explain their continued production and high demand.

      The FA-43 is the most compact and versatile FA-Limited. If you can only afford to buy one or carry one, this is it. Make no mistake, it is every bit as good as its siblings. So good, it even came in Leica mount.

      If you are good at composition, your photos WILL stand out!

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      4.0

      Good lens

      By Shawn

      from Montreal, QC

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

        One of best lens for Pentax, want to use to take picture of my kids.

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        5.0

        SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series

        By norfinlight.com

        from Duluth, MN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

          Great walk around lens, fast and sharp. recommend all limited series lenses- the best.

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          5.0

          Excellent Lens! Best I've used.

          By MLCinema

          from Maryland

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

            Very sharp, very fast lens.

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            5.0

            Works Great!

            By Ian from New Jersey

            from Lyndhurst New Jersey 07070

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

              I chose this lens for the fact that I can open it to 1.9. What a world of difference. My other two Pentax lenses are both zoom, which work just fine. However I wanted to be able to obtain more detail in low light situations.
              This lens, the SMCP-FA 43mm is autofocus, which is nice, and has a very nice wide field of view.
              Having used Pentax equipment since 1970, I have never found any Pentax product to be lacking in any way.
              This lens can be my 'day to day' lens now. With the K-5 body, shooting with both Raw and JPG (at the same time). This lens allows me to open up for the greatest detail at night, in the shade, even in candle light.
              Don't worry if your 'preview' on your camera seems dark or with too many shadows, I assure you both JPG and RAW have captured all the information you need to bring out wonderful details.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Quality glass in a quality package

              By Avisandum

              from Moscow, Russia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                Great for small group and individual portraits, street photos and nature details.
                Beautifully made lens. Very light and small. Very pleasing bokeh.
                Images are sharp, stopped down to f4 or f5.6 and its extremely sharp.
                This lens has a character, which you need to understand.

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                4.0

                great wide range lense

                By leprince

                from BEIJING

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                perfect match of Pentax k5 for landscapes

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                5.0

                FAST DERLIVERY, GREAT LENS

                By JB

                from LONDON

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                FAST DERLIVERY, GREAT LENS

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                5.0

                An FA Gateway Lens

                By Chuck

                from Tacoma, Wa

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                  I bought the silver version of this lens recently despite already having the focal length adequately covered a DA 35 limited, DA 40 limited, and FA 50. Just could not pass up the opportunity to get a silver for under $600. Boy, I am glad I did. When looking at the pictures that I took with it on PP, they just pop in a way that pictures taken with the other lenses don't. Now I've ordered the 31mm and 77mm to complete the FA set while they are still being made as I know I would regret it if they were ever discontinued.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Lens

                  By David the photo dreamer

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                    Superb all around lens. I use it with my Pentax MZ-S film camera. This lens produces sharp, contrasty images. I recommend it!

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                    5.0

                    dangerous great lens

                    By ideal-dm

                    from las-vegas .NV

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                      amaizing pictures! Fast focus and unbelieveble colors

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                      5.0

                      Very nice, except the price.

                      By Not Steve

                      from Nova Scotia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                        Mine seems to suffer a bit of focus shift, but otherwise it is as nice as everyone has mentioned. Great contruction, pretty sharp wide open with nice bokeh. Slightly better than the FA50 1.4. Now if Pentax would make a full frame camera it would be perfect.

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                        5.0

                        one of the must have pentax lenses

                        By Dave.J

                        from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • 3D Look
                        • Durable
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                        Perfect for portraits, walkaround street shots. Bit soft wide open but often you need this softness for portraits, becomes very sharp from F2.8 and razor sharp from F3.5. Mainly I use it in 1.9-3.2 range for its magical 3D look.

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                        5.0

                        Nice lens

                        By thomas Ko

                        from hong kong

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                        Very easy to use.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Lens

                        By HM

                        from San Jose CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                              On limited use so far, very sharp and clear.
                              Also it is quite compact.

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                              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              I bought it at B&H [...]

                              By Pedroboe

                              from New York

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                  I was able to compare this lens to the Legendary 31 1.8 and also to 50 1.4, as well as 55 1.4... [...] I fell in love with the 43 mm for it's results through the camera's LCD panel. It seemed sharp, very sharp. I really like the perspective, it lets me get closer to my toddler with its near 66mm field of view.The 55 1.4 was sharp and bright too but too telephoto for me. Also the 43mm focuses pretty fast, although noisier than the 55 1.4...Another reason not to get the 31 1.8 was simply that I already own the 35mm 2.8 limited and the fov was too close. The fact that the 43mm is very small compared to the others, is justnthe icing on the cake. Of course I would love to hold the 31mm in my hand every day, but the 43mm seems just fine for now. Great construction, fast aperture and sharp results. A perfect low light prime for catching my two year old around the house!

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                                  4.0

                                  Very good allround lens.

                                  By the swede

                                  from Sweden

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                  I use this lens as a "tight normal", its a matter of taste but i like the Fov on APS-C with this lens.

                                  Good for daily snaps of people and surroundings. I found it to be great for following kids around in their enviroment getting in close but yet get some background in there. Its also good out in nature both for landscape shots and for closeups. Bokeh and sharpness is great.

                                  Downsides are, no quickshift and slower AF than DA 40 Ltd.

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                                  5.0

                                  Pentax FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited

                                  By Alan

                                  from Cape Town, South Africa

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Excellent IQ
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Unobtrusive
                                  • Very Sharp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel
                                    • Walkabout

                                    Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                    Excellent little walkabout & travel prime. Very sharp, even at the corners, from f2.8 on the K-5. Colour saturation and contrast are top-notch.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good performer, hard to handle

                                    By huitzilo.

                                    from Berlin, Germany

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Unique character

                                    Cons

                                    • Good photo skills needed

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                    I use the lens as an all-purpose walkaround lens. Its compact design and light weight make it the perfect companion when you don't want your camera to get in your way, like when going for a walk with the kids, or on events of all kind. When used correctly, it will give you stellar performance. It is certainly a unique lens - the pictures taken with it have a very distinctive look. It reliably delivers high contrast and sharpness.

                                    But, be aware that it requires some photographic skills to use the lens to its full potential - it is certainly not a point-and-shoot lens. Although it is already very sharp at open aperture, it requires very exact focusing. Moreover, the focal plane is only a few mm deep, which makes portraits difficult (sharp eye - blurry nose). You'll have to choose the aperture carefully according to the image you want to take.

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