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PentaxTelephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black)
 
4.9

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (43)
  • Consistent output (38)
  • Durable (37)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Nice bokeh (37)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (33)
  • Weddings (31)
  • Night photography (28)
  • Sports/action (18)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (8), Enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must have lens...

This lens's focal length is just right for portrait photography.The portraits are very nice looking and without any distortions.Also it's very useful for street photography.
Even at f:1.8 the images are very...Read complete review

This lens's focal length is just right for portrait photography.The portraits are very nice looking and without any distortions.Also it's very useful for street photography.
Even at f:1.8 the images are very sharp with a very nice bokeh on the background.When you start to take pictures,you'll see it deserves every penny you pay for it.
my last word,just buy this lens,and you won't regret it...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful But Expensive

If price were no object, I would consider this a must-have. The images are superb and the fit and finish are exquisite. However, the focal length is a bit long and impractical for...Read complete review

If price were no object, I would consider this a must-have. The images are superb and the fit and finish are exquisite. However, the focal length is a bit long and impractical for walkabout use.

I give it 5 stars for image quality, 3 stars for overall value.

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5.0

Wow!!! Beautiful delicious images.

By SirFCJ

from Londrina PR Brazil

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Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

Perfect for getting people at their best moments with a distance. Sophisticated finish. Very consistent sharpness edge to edge. Bright!

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4.0

great candid portrait lens

By Dcorr

from Smithfield UT

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Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

    OK, so I've been lusting after this lens for a while and might be a bit biased, but I'm super happy. I am not a pro, just an avid photographer with lots of reasons to take pictures.
    What I love:
    I love the bokeh, lives up to everything in the other reviews.
    I love the focal length, it is great for capturing the candid portraits, i.e. I dont interrupt the moment when my kids are engrossed in doing something worth catching. I used to shoot weddings, and this would have been great for the candids.
    I love the ruggedness of the build, it doesn't feel like a toy.

    What I am not so keen on:
    The lens cap is tight...I always feel like I am going to bend the telescoping hood when I take it off.
    The dreaded purple haze on the high contrast shots. In all fairness I knew about this going in, so it is not so much a downer, as a reality.

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    5.0

    excellent glass

    By Hova

    from Bowling Green, OH

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          Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

          This is a very nice lens. I use pretty much only prime lenses. This nearly fills my lens needs. With this, the DA 35mm f2.8 limited macro, the D FA 100mm f2.8 WR macro, and DA* 55mm f1.4 I need only a nice wide angle to be complete. My long telephoto is a Sigma "Bigma" (the only zoom I use). High end Pentax lenses all seem to deliver.

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          5.0

          Best lens I ever had!

          By Ivan

          from Cleveland, Ohio.

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

            Just got this expensive lens, and shooting kids, wife, and stuff (like flowers) for a few days. Focus is fantastic all the way to 1.8 with great bokeh. Yep, you gotta back around a little bit inside the house because of the longer focal length, but the effort is worth it. This lens, unbelievably, lets you take a photo in an almost dark room! Nicest thing about the lens is no-flash portrait use. You can use natural light, and get very realistic head shots. If you try flash, then 77 mm natural shot, you will like the no-flash shot best unless it is just too dark, in which case rearrange the subject, add a little outside light, and you are good to go. My wife says she will be sure and have on make up when she sees me with this lens as she does not want to capture quite as much detail (she says wrinkles) as this lens allows. I am shooting on K-7, and I have three other Pentax lenses that will get used on the other camera, a K-10. This the best glass I have ever owned, and gives photos with a "snap" to them that turns ordinary shots into great ones. The lens is too expensive, of course, but so is Rolex. This one is a keeper, and if you can scrape up the money, do it and you will never be sorry after you see your first photos!

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            5.0

            Super Sharp

            By mysmmx

            from Nilton, Ontario

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                Images come in sharp for the first set of images we shot with this lens, depth of feild breaks nicely as well.

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                5.0

                THE lens!

                By Paul Ouddane

                from Guatemala

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

                  Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                  Hi,

                  I am a med student from Guatemala, and I recently entered in the world of DSLR´s and bought a K-5. In my country there is not a Pentax retailer, and it may very well be no Pentax K5 owner at all.

                  I was looking for a good lens to be THE lens for my new camera. After an exhaustive research and a lot of reading I concluded that one of the best lenses for Pentax were the three Limited's. Among those I chose the FA 77 because the focal length suited the most my purpose.

                  It has been one month since I have it and I can tell that it produces really good pictures, far better than the ones with the kit lens. And I am really happy of my choice. So I encourage those people like me that don´t have an easy access to a retailer or access to used products consider buying this lens as THE lens for their camera (or any of the limited's).

                  Have fun shooting!

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                  5.0

                  Mast have!!!!!!!

                  By laert

                  from Montreal,CA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                    Razor sharp details-the lens is sharp even at f/1.8
                    Unbelievable colours and contrast
                    Fantastic bokeh!!
                    100% portrait lens
                    It gives portraits a beautiful 3D effect
                    Small, light & sturdy design
                    AF very clear
                    Extremely Highly Recommended. Given a 5 rating because . . . well, there isn't anything better.

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                    5.0

                    so far so great

                    By Marshall

                    from Santa Cruz, CA

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                          Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                          I've only had the lens for a couple of weeks, but
                          it has certainly lived up to its legendary reputation. It isn't coming off my camera any time
                          soon.

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                          5.0

                          Incredibly sharp

                          By Birdman

                          from Ohio

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                            This is a really fantastic lens! Even at a 100% crop, the sharpness produced in the photos from this lens is superior. One word of caution though. The thin depth of field this lens has can make it difficult to use at first. Some practice may be needed to get used to how to use this.

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                            5.0

                            A must have lens...

                            By Murattscott

                            from Laramie

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            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
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                              This lens's focal length is just right for portrait photography.The portraits are very nice looking and without any distortions.Also it's very useful for street photography.
                              Even at f:1.8 the images are very sharp with a very nice bokeh on the background.When you start to take pictures,you'll see it deserves every penny you pay for it.
                              my last word,just buy this lens,and you won't regret it...

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Makes me look good

                              By Howard

                              from Rochester, MN

                              About Me Casual Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • NONE

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                              I am new to the world of DSLR. This is the first serious lens I bought after experiments with inexpensive lenses. My portraits improved by an order of magnitude. This lens makes mundane shots look incredible. If all Pentax Limited lenses are this nice I will seriously have to think twice before buying anything else.

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                              5.0

                              What a lens..

                              By Pentax Forever

                              from Wyoming

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              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 Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                That little gem is a lens to be proud of...The pictures on my K5 are crazy sharp starting from the fastest aperture giving a wonderful bokeh.
                                Its focal length is a must for portrait photography.I tried to take the portraiture pictures of a friend with 77mm and 35mm to see the difference.With 35mm it's almot impossible to find the right perspective, either the forehead or the chin is prominant,giving a false result.But 77 mm always gives the accurate picture,you'll be amazed.
                                Moreover it's large aperture is very helpful in taking creative pictures in street photography for separating the background from the point of interest.
                                Focusing speed is fast and accurate,and the lens is very solid giving the feeling it'll serve for years.Also its small dimensions and lightweight is very handy to carry.
                                Now that I can't fit everything into 77mm focal length especially indoors,I'm looking forward to buying a 31mm.That's the only downside,when you buy the FA 77mm,you'll eventually start to think about having a FA 31mm...I think that's what they call LBA...
                                My last word just buy it, you won't regret it.

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                                5.0

                                The perfect lens

                                By The Honeybadger

                                from Portland, OR

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good in low light
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Pricey but worth it

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Portraits
                                • Professional Work
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                The most amazing thing about this lens is how sharp it is. I can crop in incredibly close without losing image quality. Portraits at f/2 show every detail (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on who I am photographing). Performance in low light is superb, and I can't wait to try it on my 35mm. You can tell this is a quality lens before you even take the first photo, the construction is very solid.

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                                5.0

                                FA 77 on a K5

                                By K5 Limited fan

                                from Melbourne, Australia

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                  Great portrait lens with nice rendition of colours. Brilliant pictures on a K5 but as most people have said can feel a little long in a room. At F1.8 image is not really sharp and limited DOF makes taking nice shots much harder however bokeh is awesome. Sharpness clear as a tack by F2.4 and on a K5 quality is great even up to ISO 1600. I like the lens cover, (have the DA 15mm and that is a pain to remove). Probably won't use quite as much as my 15mm or 35mm limiteds but I think when I want to get a great shot of family/friends/kids to print up this will be the lens I use.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent lens, has character

                                  By Chazz5

                                  from US

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                                    Cons

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                                        Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                        After three weeks, I keep the lens on a Pentax K-5, using it for focused scenes as well as close subject shots, switching to a 35mm lens when the width is needed. Pricy but rivals a Leica Summarit I used on an M8.

                                        Sharp. Rich colors. None of that plastic look that so many modern lenses give. At f/5.6, the subject usually stands out from the background; narrow the aperture if the effect is too strong for you. Dark bokeh is very good; very bright patches in the background are subject to chromatic aberration.

                                        Auto focus is fine. I shoot still scenes, can't comment about fast focus for action shots.

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                                        5.0

                                        This is one of the best portrait lens.

                                        By Octobizz

                                        from Thailand

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Built in hood
                                        • Durable
                                        • Image quility
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Nice Bokeh
                                        • Sharpness

                                        Cons

                                        • some CA

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Night Photography
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife Photos

                                        Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                        This is my first limited lens.Ihave had this lens for two days.I love shooting portrait and snap shot. Nice bokeh, built in hood ,Sharpness and the best image quality. Highly recommended and you get the feeling this lens will last a life time. It is the default lens on my camera now, replacing the zooms previously used as my general purpose lenses

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                                        5.0

                                        Amazing

                                        By ideal-dm

                                        from las-vegas

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Nice Bokeh

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                            The perfect lens Ive aver took it my hands.The reason I returned it back is I dont like to go around ,back and forward.I like more to use zoom amd Im goonna change it to 50-135mm

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                                            5.0

                                            Buy it!

                                            By Jamie_S

                                            from corn belt, usa

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                            • Nice Bokeh
                                            • Rugged
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Indoors/Low Light
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Weddings/Events
                                              • Wildlife Photos

                                              Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                              This lens does eveything really well. Shot two kids sporting events the first weekend I had it. One indoors, one out, excellent shots from my K-7 with the 77. Went straight from there to a weekend camping trip. Build quality of the famous Leica M glass.

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                                              5.0

                                              Excellent lens

                                              By fotoman

                                              from Russia

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                                              Pros

                                              • Nice Bokeh
                                              • Strong Construction

                                              Cons

                                              • Pricey but worth it

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everything

                                              Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                              sharp, metal, internal hood

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                                              5.0

                                              I would buy this product again and again

                                              By pb326

                                              from BEIJING,CHINA

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

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

                                                Comments about Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Series Autofocus Lens (Black):

                                                supereminent portrait lens

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                                                • Yes

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