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Pentax SMCP-FA 28-70mm f/4.0
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Pentax SMCP-FA 28-70mm f/4.0

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMCP-FA 28-70mm f/4.0

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Breton, pentaxforums.com
17 January 2015
  • Excerpt: Just bought this lens on the bay for a very low price. Sharpness is good from 6.3 upwards. The zoom ring of my copy is rather difficult to use (not smooth at all!). The colors of the pictures are good (saturated Pentax colors). The longer end is softer.
  • Pros: Light, cheap, colors, sharpness stopped down
  • Cons: Soft at f4, zoom ring not smooth at all (my copy)
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

6BQ5, pentaxforums.com
16 January 2015
  • Excerpt: I'm really torn and divided about this lens. It is capable of producing very sharp and crisp images. Colors come out lively and there is good contrast in the images. It reminds me of my FA 43mm in some ways. Aberrations are minimal and I think that comes from the aspherical lens element.
  • Pros: Sharp, good colors, nice contrast
  • Cons: Slow aperture, strange focal range for APS
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Jyrkira, pentaxforums.com
28 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I have had two of these lenses both have similar pros and cons. From 28-45mm 28-70/4 is actually quite nice. Good contrast and shapness. Unfortunately tele end is unusable soft.
  • Pros: Sharp and contrasty between 28-45mm
  • Cons: Feels cheaply made, very soft at tele end.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

nono, pentaxforums.com
30 September 2013
  • Excerpt: The FA 28-70 (regular f/4, not FA*) has been one of the lenses I amost always keep at hand for at least a few months, but this is the first time I really use it so much.
  • Pros: close focus
  • Cons: a little soft
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Joojoo2010, pentaxforums.com
22 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Good one
  • Pros: Sharp,colors,contrast,size,weight,af sharp
  • Cons: 0nly 28mm, nolens hood
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

shawnbo, pentaxforums.com
22 July 2013
  • Excerpt: Bought this lens from a retailer clearing inventory, at an excellent price. Turned out to be a good value - decent sharpness, relatively compact and reasonably good materials and construction. It hunts for focus, but I don't use this lens for action photos, so this is a minor drawback.
  • Pros: Constant aperture, value, good construction
  • Cons: No hood provided
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Omnis, pentaxforums.com
18 May 2012
  • Excerpt: - 40cm-3m is very short distance of focus, therefore, we cannot expected any good bokeh here expected the subject within 3m.
  • Pros: Common FA lens...
  • Cons: Soft at f4 and f5.6, build quality
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

theunartist, pentaxforums.com
11 April 2012
  • Excerpt: This is a nice little lens and is at least equal to the Kit Lens 18-55 in IQ, value and handling. For me, it's biggest drawback is the wide end, not really wide enough and close focus distance but the longer end to 70mm is a very very usable focal length!
  • Pros: Constant f4, 70mm, lightweight, relatively sharp
  • Cons: Not really wide enough
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Alizarine, pentaxforums.com
31 January 2012
  • Excerpt: The FA 28-70 f/4 is probably one of Pentax's most underrated lenses. It features a constant aperture in an ultralight package, coupled with an very good optical formula. I've owned it for close to a year now and been using it most of the time so I hope I do justice for this lens with the following...
  • Pros: light, inexpensive, fairly sharp
  • Cons: seemingly weak build, focus throw too short
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

victordeamorin, pentaxforums.com
19 January 2012
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens after having been disappointed by the Tamron 28-75, a pretty good lens but my main problem with it was size and weight.
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Cheap and poor construction and handling
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