Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited SMC P-FA
(From Pentax lens literature) The Pentax SMC P-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited is a versatile, high-resolution short telephoto lens of exceptional optical quality. It is specifically designed for portrait photography and accurately reproduces the tones, colors and texture of the subject's skin, clothes and accessories as well as assuring an excellent rendering of highlight and out of focus areas. It also features Pentax's exclusive FREE (Fixed Rear Element Extension) focusing system to ensure sharp, crisp image reproduction over the entire focusing range.
Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited SMC P-FA User Reviews
10 out of 10 points and recommended by Tord (23 reviews)Sharpest of the bunch!Fairly expensive
This is beyond doubt the sharpest lens I've used, with the FA43 coming close! Fairly fast, small, and excellent build - one of the best lenses around!reviewed July 16th, 2011 (purchased for $1,000)
Nothing else in this focal length compares, as far as I know!
10 out of 10 points and recommended by Hawki (4 reviews)Very sharp, Good Color and Contrast, Bokeh is very pleasing, Solid FeelExpensive (but you get what you pay for)
What a lens!reviewed January 12th, 2007 (purchased for $575)
Just about every aspect of this lens is superb. Out of focus is creamy smooth, images are sharp at all apertures and the color is acurate. The focus ring is well dampened and the build quality feels like a well build piece of equipment.
This lens took a whole lot of my allowance, but boy was it worth it.
About the only thing that is taking some time to get used to is the silver lens on a black body look. It is growing on me though ...
10 out of 10 points and recommended by danag42 (4 reviews)solid construction, metal barrel, very sharp lenshard to find the black version, it comes in silver or black.
This is a superb portrait lens, or a very sharp moderate telephoto. On a film camera, it is great for head and shoulders portraits, but you'll have to apply a bit of blur. For product shots, it's clear and crisp. The multicoating is the best you can get.reviewed August 6th, 2006 (purchased for $699)
On a digital SLR, it is a slightly longer telephoto, perfect for head shots (you'll still need to add some blur) or product details. The lens feels like the lenses did in the old days, when they were built to last. It's expensive, but you get what you pay for!