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SMC Pentax FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited

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This article is part of the small but growing Index of Pancake Lenses!

Specifications for the SMC Pentax FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited
"Honorary Pancake"
Years Produced 1997 - Still in production
• Chrome lens was introduced first in 1997, Black was released in 1999 and is apparently available only in Japan
Street Price US - $599.00 (In 1997)
Lens Type Normal
Available Mounts • Pentax K
Optical Construction 6 groups in 7 elements
• Features a new type of SMC ghostless coating process
• Gaussian type lens
Weather Sealing No
Aperture Blades 8 - Circular blade pattern
Focus Type Manual Focus
• Relies on external drive screw on camera body for autofocus. This feature is camera body dependent
Image Stabilization No
Min. Focus Distance • 0.45m
• (17.72 inches)
Dimensions • 64.0 x 27.0mm
• (2.52 x 1.06 inches)
Weight • 155g
• (5.47 ounces)
Filter Size 49mm
Hood Screw-on hood: MH-RA 49mm

This handsome looking lens is built very well and sports the sharpness performance to match its appearance.

Released in limited numbers, it is highly regarded by Pentax shooters. The only turnoffs seem to be its high price and relatively small focus ring compared to other pancake lenses.

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Written by Tijger Tsou

March 15th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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