Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc FA 645 80 - 160mm/4,5
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13 April 2014
Excerpt: I picked it up on a whim from the junk bin for 6,500 yen. I prefer primes but at that price decided I could take a chance. I've only shot three rolls thru it but am pretty pleased with the results. But it sure is heavy! And the balance is extremely front heavy. My right hand aches after every roll! And I think the heavy front elements combined with the smooth and light action focus ring are what leads to the focus creep.
Excerpt: This is a sharp lens but not as sharp as prime lenses in the 645 / 67 line. It is sharp stopped down but a little soft wide open.The lens exhibits low level CA and I could get no flare even against bright sunlit skies. The colours are good and the lens has a good contrast profile differentiating many bands of grey in monochrome images.
Pros: Sharp, little CA, little flare, Colours
Cons: Heavy, stiff zoom ring, harsh bokeh in some situations
Excerpt: My appraisal is probably overly generous, but I like this lens a lot. I use it in combination with the 45-85 FA zoom lens, and Adapter 645 ( for 67II lenses). Like it's wide angle sibling, the 80-160mm short telephoto produces very sharp images, though I will usually chose faster film if I plan to work with this lens. A tripod is not out of the question either, because the lens is on the heavy side--over 2 pounds.
Excerpt: Overall, it's in my bag everyday. I use it everywhere. If I've had a setup where I hadn't used this lens, it must have been for some special application. I've even used it with 645 Auto Bellows and been satisfied with its performance.
Pros: Workhorse. Daily carry. Sturdy. Good optics.
Excerpt: This is a big, long lens. Not too heavy. It is really well constructed and very sharp. The end of the lens has a wheel that allows you to rotate your filter with the lens hood on - a very handy feature. It is a fantastic zoom range for portraits of groups and individuals.
Pros: Solid construction, nice and sharp. Very useable range.