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Pentax smc D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro

The smc PENTAX D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro is a telephoto lens with ul Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

pentaxkid, pentaxforums.com
8 June 2014
  • Excerpt: Great macro lens, worth having in the kit. The focusing is slow and the focus range wasn't as close as anticipated.
  • Pros: Sharp
  • Cons: focus range
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

geordie01, pentaxforums.com
25 April 2014
  • Excerpt: For the price of this lens I did expect a bit better build quality it feels light and cheap and a bit wobbly and it just is not a one off as I have had 2 of these.When I mount a ring flash on this lens the focus barrel sometImes does not want to move which is probably down to the clutch on the quick shift and this is in manual focus mode which is what I used it in 90%of the time.
  • Pros: sharpness,bokeh
  • Cons: build quality, auto focus.
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

g026r, pentaxforums.com
24 January 2014
  • Excerpt: That said, it's not 100% perfect: the lightness comes at expense of build quality -- it certainly feels less solid than other lenses in Pentax's lineup, and you'll want that hood in order to protect the front element when you're doing macro work. The AF is noisy, which seems to be a problem with many of Pentax's macro lenses, and has a habit of hunting when you're close to the subject. (It's quite quick at longer distances, however.
  • Cons: Build quality, noisy AF, soft wide-open, purple fringing
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

metaphiston, pentaxforums.com
19 December 2013
  • Excerpt: At f2.8 I think the image has a certain softness to it – which looks flattering for portrait shots but when you want absolute sharpness 2.8 is a bit lacking.
  • Pros: Sharpness, full frame, colours, manual focus
  • Cons: Purple fringing, plastic feel, slow autofocus and lack of limiter
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

pesao, pentaxforums.com
31 October 2013
  • Excerpt: uncommon great lens, very good even on digital, good wide open to head shots potraits, contrasted and sharp just a bit closed and with a hood,great for general use.
  • Pros: Wide open soft at corner to make potraita, a bit closed becames sharp as razor. Good contrast and rendition. 2.8. Great built. Compact.
  • Cons: rare and so hight price.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

top-quark, pentaxforums.com
4 November 2012
  • Excerpt: This is certainly the most desirable macro lens available for the Pentax system, but is it necessarily the best?
  • Pros: Great for macro
  • Cons: Not so great for everything else
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

victordeamorin, pentaxforums.com
19 January 2012
  • Excerpt: This lens is SMALL and it gives great results! However the output is at times a bit flat (probably should try with a hood) and on my copy, the focus ring is a bit "too much dampened" making it a physical effort to turn it. Maybe it wasn't used enough on this mint copy? I will remedy to that.
  • Pros: Size and weight
  • Cons: Contrast a bit low
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

whojammyflip, pentaxforums.com
18 March 2011
  • Excerpt: Updated review: I tested this alongside the Tamron SP 90/2.5, which is simply a brilliant lens for macro usage, with a stop of advantage over the Pentax macro offering in the M range. However, I dont have space in my bag for all these lenses at once and am whittling my collection back. Hence I did a bunch of testing at the weekend. The Tamron is very slightly sharper at f5.6, scoring 60lp/mm vs the Pentax M getting 54lp/mm.
  • Pros: Compact tele, combination of weight, length and speed
  • Cons: None
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

vrrattko, pentaxforums.com
17 November 2010
  • Excerpt: This lens is lightweight, compact and discreet medium telephoto. 100mm lens effectively replaced my 135 and 85mm lens. Resolution wise i compared it to highly regarded SMC 135mm/2.5 and I cannot see any real difference. In my own opinion A 100mm produces better colours, maybe shifted a bit to warmer tones. It is easier to focus than 135/2.5 and but produces bokeh which is not that nice as K135/2.5 or K105/2.8.
  • Pros: compactness, resolution, colour rendering, A setting
  • Cons: bit expensive, rare, bokeh
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Unregistered, pentaxforums.com
24 April 2010
  • Excerpt: Love this lens and it lives on my camera. Image quality is superb and it is beautifully compact. If only it had a focus limiter!
  • Pros: image quality, size
  • Cons: focus limiter, focus limiter, focus limiter
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