Pentax smc PENTAX-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Lens (Black)

Pentax smc PENTAX-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Lens (Black)

Pentax smc PENTAX-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • K-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.9 to f/22
  • Pancake Form Factor
  • PENTAX smc Multi-Layer Coating
  • 8-Blade Diaphragm
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Distinguished by its slim and sleek pancake profile, the black smc PENTAX-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited from Pentax is a normal-length prime well-suited for everyday shooting applications. Its bright f/1.9 maximum aperture excels in low-light conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field for isolating subject matter. An eight-blade diaphragm also contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality. Additionally, this lens features a PENTAX smc multi-layer coating, which controls ghosting and flare to realize high contrast imagery with accurate, neutral color balance.

Normal-length 43mm lens is designed for full-frame Pentax K-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 64.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.9 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
PENTAX smc multi-layer coating helps to greatly reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
Slim, pancake form factor results in a sleek and extremely portable design well-suited for everyday shooting.
Eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth bokeh quality.
UPC: 027075050617
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Pentax smc PENTAX-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Lens (Black)
  • Metal Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Cap
  • MH-RA49 Lens Hood
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pentax 43mm f/1.9 specs

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    Focal Length 43mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.9
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Pentax K
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 53°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (45.72 cm)
    Magnification 0.12x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.2
    Elements/Groups 7 / 6
    Diaphragm Blades 8
    Features
    Autofocus Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.5 x 1.1" (63.50 x 27.94 mm)
    Weight 5.5 oz (156 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 3.3 x 3.0"

    Pentax 43mm f/1.9 reviews

    smc PENTAX-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Lens (Black) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Quality Glass I use the FA43 on my Pentax K100D Super as a short portrait and long 'normal' lens. The lens is built wonderfully - really feels like a small retro but very tank-like design despite retaining a light weight. You have to hold one to understand. Bokeh, ability to play with DOF, build quality, and rendering are all top notch. The FA43 isn't perfect; the AF is frankly a bit sluggish - particularly compared with DA series lenses. The lens does not excel wide-open, which is unfortunate as the FA35 excels wide-open at f2 for a much cheaper price. At f2.8 the FA43 knocks the socks off its competitors, and it better for the somewhat steep price.
    Date published: 2008-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the very all-around best 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.
    Date published: 2014-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Finest AF Lenses 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!
    Date published: 2014-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An FA Gateway Lens 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe the Best in the Pentax Stable 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.
    Date published: 2015-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! 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.
    Date published: 2012-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Gem I shoot a lot of candid portraits of friends and family and I find this lens quite ideal for the task. A good medium between a 50mm and 30mm makes it quite the sweet spot for my style of shooting. So far the results have been great. Nice and sharp. Great bokeh. Excellent lighted build quality. Good to know they still build em like little tanks! The push on cap took a little bit of getting used to but it's not really a con. The velvet lining on the hood and cap are a bit of a lint attractor. Oh well it's an extremely minor con for me. Overall its an amazing little lens!
    Date published: 2010-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens I sold my 40 lim for buying fa-50, but after reading many reviews decided to buy 43 lim and I am more then satisfied.Comparing this lens with 40 lim the differences are obvious. 43lim gives fantastic colors, it is very sharp,especially from f/4 and has a nice bokeh. 40 lim is very good lens, but if you want the best quality of picture buy 43lim without any doubts. But nothing is perfect in this world: it has slower focus than 40 lim and my da*50-135, but I dont care.
    Date published: 2011-02-23
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