Pentax lenses I want

Godfrey DiGiorgi godfreydigiorgi at
Sun Nov 3 15:04:03 EST 2019

It’s optically the same as the FA43 Limited, but that lens is se up for the screwdriver AF drive — the focusing is a bit too quick with a loose feel. Makes it hard to be precise. 

The Special is RF coupled and has a beautiful focusing feel and built in hood. The only downside is that close focus is .7m, like most RF lenses. Not a big issue on the CL since it’s FOV is cropped and it’s a short portrait tele in this application. 


> On Nov 3, 2019, at 11:22 AM, Juan Buhler <juanbuhler at> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 2, 2019 at 10:46 AM Godfrey DiGiorgi <godfreydigiorgi at>
> wrote:
>> The Pentax lens I always wanted is the Pentax-L 43mm f/1.9 Special that
>> they produced in Leica Thread Mount for a short run of about 2000 units.
>> Most were sold in Japan and still command a price around $1500 or so as a
>> complete set with the matching optical viewfinder.
>> A year or so back after I bought the Leica CL, I found one available in
>> Japan EBay for $600 without the finder and nabbed it. It’s every bit as
>> good a lens as I expected. (-:
> Ohhh, yes, good one Godfrey, I would also love to have that one!
> Is it any different optically to the 43mm Limited? I mean--if you'll use it
> on a camera with live view/EVF, then there's no difference, correct? Is its
> only advantage that it is rangefinder coupled?
> j
> --
> Juan Buhler -

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