Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC 67 90mm f/2.8
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Best Lens in the basket
Lopaka, B&H Photo
29 July 2014
Excerpt: The more I use this lens, the more I like it. While it took a small amount of learning curve to figure out the Pentax 645Z, the use of this lens surely helped. It is tack sharp and compares favorable with my Canon 85mm 1.2 as well as my Canon 100mm Macro lens. Ive used it with and without a Polarizer and looking forward to testing it with ND Filters. It is considered heavy by some, but Im use to the 70-200, seems about the same.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have had the lens for approximately one week, and so far I have been quite pleased with it's performance especially at f2.8. The software upgrade to the camera was strait forward with no problems encountered. The anti shack system works well but can not be used in combination with HDR. At first I thought something was wrong until I shut off the HDR. The auto-focus did a lot of hunting, but in close up work focusing manually is the best way to go.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I can't speak for its macro abilities (as I have not tested them), but this 90mm is in the same category with the other absolutely recommended lens for the 645 system, the 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW. Both lenses are pricey, but well worth the investment, as they won't disappoint. Both offer fast and accurate focusing, as well as amazingly detailed images. The silent built-in image stabilization works well, adding about 2 stops advantage in real world applications.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Great Details, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I own both, the 67 SMC 105mm 2.4 and 67 SMC 90mm 2.8. To me the 90mm is more convenient then the 105mm because it's a bit wider. The aperature difference between 2.4 and 2.8 is not to much IMHO. If I would have to choose I would go for the 90mm over the 105mm. But the best advice is to own both lenses.
Excerpt: Though bringing the details home cleanly and clearly, this lens does not appear as sharp as the standout 45 and 55mm f4 lenses, but what it loses in sharpness it gains very well in low-light capability, and this can be critical with the somewhat dull 6x7 / 67 viewfinders. The squat and lightweight footprint makes a cheerful change from the bulk and heavier lenses in the SMC Pentax 67 lens line up.
Pros: Trademark firm, positive focusing and aperture grip
Excerpt: This is a fantastic normal lens for the 67. Of course it's 100% manual, but the images are fantastic. It's sharp and contrasty throughout the aperture range. The build of the lens combined with the camera gives my confidence that in the event of an attack I could easy beat the life out of my assailant with this lens/camera combo and then take a picture of him with silky smooth focusing just to rub it in.