Pentax HD Pentax-FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited (Silver)

Model #20220

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Specifications

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 3.5 x 3.4"
Package Weight 1.12 lb

General Information

Weight 12 oz / 341 g
Dimensions (ø x L) 2.6 x 2.7" / 65 x 69 mm
Filter Size 58 mm (Front)
Image Stabilization No
Focus Type Autofocus
Diaphragm Blades 9
Optical Design 9 Elements in 7 Groups
Maximum Magnification 0.16x
Minimum Focus Distance 11.8" / 30 cm
Angle of View 70°
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Lens Mount Pentax K
Minimum Aperture f/22
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 31mm
Expert Reviews
Photodo.33034400
5 August 2011

This is the widest of the three Pentax FA Limited lenses, all of which were designed for use on film cameras. They are hand assembled to the highest standards in high grade aluminium and expected to have optical performance of the highest order.

Lenstip com.34355424
14 October 2011

Comparing the results of the tested lens to those achieved by such lenses as the Nikkor 1.8/35 or the Sony 1.8/35 and taking into account the difference in price, it would be difficult to describe the performance of the Pentax in positive terms.

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    Excellent build quality,, Very good image quality in the frame centre on slight stopping down,, Decent image quality on the edge of the frame,, Slight chromatic aberration,, Negligible distortion,, Low vignetting,, Well-corrected astigmatism,, Fast and accurate autofocus.

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    Not satisfactory image quality near the maximum relative aperture,, Distinct coma already in the corners of the APS-C/DX sensor,, Loud autofocus,, Work against bright light should have been better,, Average price/quality ratio.

Ephotozine.34750887
4 July 2011
8.0/10

Here we have a very fine lens indeed. It is an ideal fast standard for DSLRs, but then so is the 35mm f2.4 and that is offered at a fraction of the price. The less expensive lens is also excellent, but not quite as good as this 31mm.

User Reviews
Srs microsystems.35168163
26 December 2018
10/10

I am very satisfied with these lenses.

Srs microsystems.35168163
27 June 2018
10/10

It's very expensive for an older screw-drive lens without weather sealing, but it can sell at that price for a reason: it renders like nothing else - excellent sharpness and contrast, saturated colours and real 3D pop.It's a great street lens on a FF body (35mm film or FF digital) but it...

Srs microsystems.35168163
7 February 2018
10/10

Satisfied thanks

Lenstip com.34355424
18 July 2017
10/10

Truly premium lens - etalon of Pentax limited lenses. Bokeh rendering + sharpness at low apertures gives photos special interesting look, that is unique.

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    Oustanding build quality, relatively small size, but feels substantial in hand. Build in metal hood. Fast AF. Aesthetics - premium design. Optics - great bokeh for wide angle. Very sharp and plenty of microcontrast. Small chromatic aberations for an old lens. F1.8 aperture. 58mm filter thread.

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    Only cons I can think of: not weather sealed build in hood prevents mounting filter holders for lee or cokin.....although this is easily corrected by adding some extender rings

Srs microsystems.35168163
3 May 2017
10/10

As always service from SRS excellent. Not had much time to play with this lens yet, but if it lives up to its reviews I'll be happy

Lenstip com.34355424
12 May 2013
10/10

Not a lens to be judged purely on benchmarks, it needs to be judged on the image you receive. Price wise, can be expensive but don't forget you are buying a lens aristocrat :-) I got mine 2nd hand and it equated to €675 which to me is a bargain for what it delivers.

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    Build quality is superb. Image quality is draw dropping, its difficult to describe until you use it to take an image yourself, images just seem more alive, could be micro contrast or the vividness of light transmission but it is doing something special.

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    Its front heavy and large compared to its peers the 43 and 77

Lenstip com.34355424
17 May 2012
10/10

Highly recommended Note: my sample was made in Japan

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    Outstanding image quality, even at full aperture Excellent colour rendition Beautiful Bokeh

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    Expensive

Lenstip com.34355424
19 February 2010
8.0/10

My standard normal lens on the K20D. My standard wide-angle on the LX. Near to perfect image quality. However, when size and weight matter, I sometimes replace it with the A28/2.

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    Outstanding image and build quality.

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    Relatively large, heavy, and expensive.

Lenstip com.34355424
23 October 2009
10/10

Recommended

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    Expensive

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    Excellent build Very sharp

Product Highlights
  • K-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • High-Grade PENTAX HD Multi-Layer Coating
  • 9 Elements in 7 Groups
  • Super Protect SP Coating
  • 9-Blade Round Diaphragm
  • Integrated Lens Hood
  • Compact Form Factor
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Average Expert Score
9.7/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Pentax HD Pentax-FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited (Silver)
  • Pentax O-LW65A Lens Cap for HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 Limited DC WR Lens (Silver)
  • Pentax Rear Lens Cap (B) for Bayonet Mount Lenses
  • Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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