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Pentax-smcp-fa-28-70mm-f-4-0.33343092
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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

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. It doesn't get as much use as other lenses in my system, but if conditions are going to be rough, I can relax knowing trashing it won't be a financial disaster.
  • 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 review. Unfortunately for this lens I just acquired the FA 28-105 f/4-5.6 PZ so it will now sit in the box more often. I also wish I had a hood for it too.
  • Pros: light, inexpensive, fairly sharp
  • Cons: seemingly weak build, focus throw too short
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Overall 8
8.0

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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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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

gut1kor, pentaxforums.com
3 September 2011
  • Excerpt: After reading many good reviews, I bought this lens over ebay. My main purpose was to have the 50mm> focal length for portraits. My 18-55mm kit and 16-45mm wide zooms are good but fall short in the focal range.
  • Pros: Surprisingly sharp, color rendition, light weight
  • Cons: No hood, build quality
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Clarkey, pentaxforums.com
21 August 2011
  • Excerpt: This is a great film solution - I used this lens extensively with a MZ-5n and was very pleasantly impressed.
  • Pros: Size, Weight, Simple, neutral rendering, small filter
  • Cons: Contrast loss without a hood, a bit constrictive for a digital zoom
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

Sloglass, pentaxforums.com
12 August 2011
  • Excerpt: I did not think I needed this lens but it went for $17 on Ebay with a warning that the focus was sticky. I got it and opened it up and found a small piece of plastic in the focus drive gears. After that was removed it sat for weeks because it just felt so 'cheap' and did not give much confidence. Focus and zoom rings sound like they are grinding sand inside the lens.
  • Pros: Fast Focus, Light, Wide, Price
  • Cons: "feels cheap", small apature
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