Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR
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The Power of Great Glass
22 April 2014
Summary: I like my K5 but I have not bought any new lenses other than the 18-55WR that came with the Camera. I have some Film Era zoom lenses, a FA50 f1.7 prime, and some manual focus primes as well as 3 other Pentax Film bodies. The FA50 is good glass, the other primes are OK glass, and the zooms are a mixed bag. Now this lens, 100mm f/2.8 WR, well it is Terrific Glass (I need a stronger synonym but I am too lazy to find one right now).
Summary: I bought the Pentax 100mm Macro for extreme closeups of flowers and insects, at which it is superb. It has also turned out to be one of my favorite lenses for general use, sharp and contrasty even in the corners. A mild telephoto gets a lot of use, at least by me. And the weather sealing has taken away some worry a couple of times in the field already. The lens is light in weight, with very nice manual focus feel.
Summary: If your running Pentax - this is a great lens. Note - prices are going down here in June 2012. Excellent macro capability, fantastic color rendering, tack sharp and metal construction makes it an all around great package. Pentax makes some fantastic lenses - and if you are using their system - this is a great lens - especially with a weather resistant camera like the K7, K5 and the upcoming K30 - this is a great compliment for a good weather tough package.
Excerpt: This is my favorite lens. It is so sharp, lightweight, and fast that I probably overuse it in place of more versitile zoom lenses. The weather resistance and long hood make this very useable in foul weather. My only criticism is that often the focus decides to go to infinity and back. So I take advantage of the clutched manual focus to "prefocus" to reduce this tendency.
Summary: For those familiar with the Pentax brand, for years, Pentax has specialized in small, tightly built primes. Those with all metal builds are called the limiteds. For whatever reason, the D FA 100mm WR does not receive this designation, but it certainly fits with the overall theme of both the DA and FA limited lenses. Build is metal and very sturdy. Hood snaps into place and is fairly good sized. Lens does not have an aperture ring or a focus limiter.
Excerpt: This is suberb macro lens.<br />It has excellent IQ and bokeh.<br />It's small and light.<br />It's WR and rugged.<br /><br />The only flaw I have found is that there's no focus limiter, which makes focusing slow if the motor has to drive from one end to other.<br />But for macro shoots I use manual focus, so for the intented use it's ok.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction