Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro
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2 weeks ago
Excerpt: I find it very good lens for the first 1:1 macro lens. Closeup AF is ridiculously hunting, but I use manual focus or set clamp on. 1:1 focus is best to be used on a macro rail to help focusing anyway, because even 1mm is notable distance.
Excerpt: The only real negative this lens has is the autofocus. Fringing shows up at wide apertures, but isn't a huge deal most of the time. Given that this lens is a macro lens though, you can't really expect blazing quick autofocus, as the throw is so long. This makes it a joy to focus manually though, and the focus ring is nicely damped. IQ is great, no complaints there, and the minimum focusing distance is much nicer for skittish subjects due to the longer focal length.
Pros: Sharp, Small, Great looking lens, WR, working distance at 1:1
Cons: Bit of fringing wide open, Autofocus isn't great (but it's a macro, so to be expected)
Excerpt: Despite this lens doesn't have automatic aperture (for those using it on a digital body) I have given it a 10 for handling due to the fact that it's diminutive size combined with light weight and the buttery-smooth focus ring makes the handling exquisite and for me I like to use it on 2.8 due to the great bokeh for portraiture, so I havn't really missed the "A"-setting.
Pros: Small, light, well built, sharp, nice bokeh, cheap
Cons: Purple fringing at full aperture against the light, a bit long for portraits on digital camera
Excerpt: I own this lens for more than 3 years now and it is still my favourite one. It is build like a tank, fun to use. I love the imagy quality and the colours of this lens. If you have the chance do not hesitate to buy a copy. I think it is a bit underestimated beside the 85mm f2 but it is almost as good, but for a much better price.
Excerpt: I bought this lens used with my K2000 back in 2009 and it's been my favorite since then. I've used it on many occasions, but mainly for portraits. The color and sharpness I manage to get out of it nearly every time I use it blow me away. Without a doubt it produces the finest images I've made with my limited experience. I just barely upgraded to the K3 and can't wait to try it out on that.
Excerpt: I got this cheap because the original owner had engraved his name and phone number on the barrel. Well, I won't be selling it, so the engraving is just an historical artifact. This manual focus lens picks up lock immediately and I DO NOT have to bracket focus as I do on my A135/2.8. Because of the quick focus, I think it is as fast on stationary subjects as any auto focus lens. The colors and contrast are special and the focal length is very useful for me.
Pros: Easy to focus, sharp, great color and contrast, nicely built
Cons: Hood is too short so CA is a minor problem in high contrast