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

(based on 42 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (26)
  • Lightweight (26)
  • Nice bokeh (26)
  • Strong construction (25)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Low light (23)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night photography (21)
  • Weddings (16)
  • General purpose (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Hard to beat

By micro.burst

from Suburban Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

I've been using this lens on my K-3 as a normal lens and it hasn't let me down. It works great as a 'walk-around' lens on my trips into Atlanta and also for landscapes in a nearby Nature Preserve.
Sharpness and colors are super and I'm having trouble finding a reason to take it off my camera.

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5.0

Worth the wait!

By JMASC)

from South Carolina

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Used Pentax equipment for many years but never had the funds to step up to a Limited Series Prime. You can pixel pick about the edges wide open but this lens has the best color reproduction, sharpness and overall image quality of any lens I've owned. Happy Happy Happy!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Maybe the Best in the Pentax Stable

    By mwilky

    from Southeastern Connecticut

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Fast, incredibly sharp, quick focusing, excellent in indoor light and highly compact.....

      This is a gem of a lens. I had it and then sold it because I have some good lens in the 30-50mm range. But as I was going through my Lightroom catalogue, I just loved the shots I had with this lens. Now I own a brand new copy thanks to a Pentax special at B&H.

      Won't be parting with it again. It's now my default lens on my K-3.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice fast lens that is easy to carry on your camera

      By KCSmith

      from Redmond

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Easy Carry
        • Everyday
        • Indoors/Low Light

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

        Distance of 43mm is nice when you want to back off of standard 50mm. Also the f/1.9 is nice for lower light situations. This could be a nice everyday carry on your camera. Pictures have a nice clarity. You won't regret this lens.

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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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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                • No

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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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                  • No

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    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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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                          • No

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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

                              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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