Back in Christmas of 2000, I travelled alone to meet up a friend in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He was kind enough to take me around for photo shooting. I was using a Pentax MZ-3, and two very compact lenses (Pentax FA 77mm Limited and Pentax FA 43mm Limited), while my friend was using two Nikon cameras with 2 primes lenses. I felt the blessing from the compact lens design and a very light weight camera. When I separated camera and lens, I can fit them in a tiny messenger bag without too much weight! This was first time I truly appreciated Pentax pancake lens system.
I was in transition from huge zoom-in lenses to compact prime lenses. When I first thought that Pentax MZ-3 wasn’t sold in United States, I had to import it from Canada (Roberts Camera). Aside from the expensive import tax, there is also a chance of importing rare prime lenses such as Pentax FA 77mm Limited and Pentax FA 43mm Limited. Right at that moment! I knew I have to burn a hole in my wallet. I was shocking how these lenses performed!! These fast Limited lenses not only allowed me to take steady shots in low light conditions, the bokeh they created is some what 3 dimensional!
Examples of Pentax FA 43mm LE, handheld, Fujifilm RVP 50 C-41 cross processed – 12/25/2000