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Old Oct 8, 2006, 9:43 AM   #1
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B&H has the following lens for $440 (after rebate):
Pentax Telephoto SMCP-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens
Does anyone have any info on,or experience with this lens?
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Old Oct 8, 2006, 10:17 AM   #2
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jay,
it's a great sharp lens.. light weight and superb. but , you can get just as good results with the older models for more than 1/2 the price.
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Old Oct 8, 2006, 1:17 PM   #3
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Hi Jay,

I'll go along with Roy here. The D FA 100 2.8 Macro is an excellent lens, as are all the Pentax 1:1 macro primes. This particular lens is relatively lightweight, so if that's important to you, then this one is probably the best in that respect.


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Old Oct 8, 2006, 4:27 PM   #4
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Roy & Scott,

Thanks for your input. I think I may include this in my letter to Santa this year!

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Take a look at the Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro as it is an extremely sharp lens too and compare them both if you have a shop available with both in stock. As others have mentioned, older versions of both lenses will save you quite a bit of money and IMO are just as nice.

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Out of all the Macro lenses I've owned, the old Tamron 90 1:2 is still my favorite. BUT it has a flare problem w/ ring flashes and a few very specific conditions. This goes for a few other Macro's as well. My most recent D-FA100 is a wonderful lens but still give a slight edge to the Tamron 90 and a F-50 (same flare problem, apparently not a problem w/ the F-100) from Pentax. Never tried the new Tamron... An old A-50 f2.8 from Pentax (no flare problem) is quite sweet too.
Not crazy about any of the old f4 versions (owned a A-100 f4 but sold it, just not quite what I wanted).
The d-FA100 has some slow AF in low light w/ my D. That's annoying but isn't what I bought the lens for.
Personally think the 50's are SLIGHTLY better in some subtle ways but I wanted the reach of the 100.
It was a tough choice between the d-FA100 from Pentax and the new Tamron. Pentax won......for now :-)
Bottom line, they are all darn good..........

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As a resident antedeluvian, I still have and use film along with digital media. Given this, I can't bring myself to use (let alone buy) lenses that are not compatible with both formats (i.e., having a large enough circle along with a working apperture ring). So, when LBA demanded a 100mm macro, I went for an F 100 2.8.

Based uponwhat I had read, I was still surprized by the quality of this lens. It's even better than I was led to believe. This dark grey lens has amazing resolution. However, as good and sturdily built as it is, it is h-e-a-v-y.

OK, it's discontinued.This only means that when you find one it costs less than it's worth.

Good hunting.

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Old Oct 11, 2006, 5:55 PM   #8
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The D-FA100 (and 50) MACRO are full frame w/ aperature ring. Fully compatable w/ 35mm and any Pentax K mount lens. Just an FYI. Abosolutely nothing wrong w/ the F though....... :-)

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As a resident antedeluvian, I still have and use film along with digital media. Given this, I can't bring myself to use (let alone buy) lenses that are not compatible with both formats (i.e., having a large enough circle along with a working apperture ring). So, when LBA demanded a 100mm macro, I went for an F 100 2.8.

Based uponwhat I had read, I was still surprized by the quality of this lens. It's even better than I was led to believe. This dark grey lens has amazing resolution. However, as good and sturdily built as it is, it is h-e-a-v-y.

OK, it's discontinued.This only means that when you find one it costs less than it's worth.

Good hunting.

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As a resident antedeluvian, I still have and use film along with digital media. Given this, I can't bring myself to use (let alone buy) lenses that are not compatible with both formats (i.e., having a large enough circle along with a working apperture ring). So, when LBA demanded a 100mm macro, I went for an F 100 2.8.

Based uponĀ*what I had read, I was still surprized by the quality of this lens. It's even better than I was led to believe. This dark grey lens has amazing resolution. However, as good and sturdily built as it is, it is h-e-a-v-y.

OK, it's discontinued.This only means that when you find one it costs less than it's worth.

Good hunting.

Larry in Dallas
Ditto with me except that mine is FA100 2.8. A heavy chunk of glass. All I worry is to lessen its sharpness for non-macro or portrait purpose.

http://www.pbase.com/danieltong/macro

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