Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited SMC P-FA

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(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

10.0/10 average of 4 review(s) Build Quality 9.5/10 Image Quality 9.8/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by Valdai21 (12 reviews)
    - Sharp - Smooth bokeh - Very nice rendering, definitely has some pixie dust - Small
    - Strong chromatic aberrations wide open - Manual focus ring is not very comfortable

    The main reason to buy this lens is it's incredible rendering. Colors and contrast are great, bokeh is smooth but still has character. I owned quite a lot of lenses and this one can definitely be recognised among many others when shot at bright apertures. It's much more interesting (and smaller) than a regular 85mm f/1,8 lens.
    When stopped down, it's perfectly sharp across the frame.

    The only downside is significant chromatic aberrations wide open. It's manageable when you nail focus but I didn't expected that. However, it still an exceptional performer, I'm not talking about chart tests but it's ability to produce beautiful true to life pictures. Worth the legend !

    I don't have any Pentax DSLR so I use the lens on various mirrorless cameras. It performs well but despite feeling well build, manual focus ring is not very comfortable to use. It feels way too smooth but the same can be said from most DSLR lenses with a mechanical focus ring.

    reviewed February 5th, 2021 (purchased for $600)
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by Tord (30 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!

    Nothing else in this focal length compares, as far as I know!

    reviewed July 16th, 2011 (purchased for $1,000)
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by Hawki (4 reviews)
    Very sharp, Good Color and Contrast, Bokeh is very pleasing, Solid Feel
    Expensive (but you get what you pay for)

    What a lens!
    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 ...

    reviewed January 12th, 2007 (purchased for $575)
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by danag42 (4 reviews)
    solid construction, metal barrel, very sharp lens
    hard 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.

    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!

    reviewed August 6th, 2006 (purchased for $699)