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Keywords: Pentax Tele Prime Macro 35mm Tested


kiwijono

Registered: September 2013
Posts: 6
Pentax 100mm f/2.8 Macro SMC P-FA review by kiwijono
Review Date: 2/8/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $330.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, focus limiter, nice feel to it, good bokeh
Cons: Spoils the others lenses

I was worried about the purchase at the time (you can never be sure of what you are going to get with online auctions) but now I realise I got a bit of a bargain.


The focus limiter is a very useful feature and I now would not like to be without it (pity DFA macros don't have one). Sharpness is impressive. Even at f2.8 it pretty sharp and at the other end f16 is very useful (and surprisingly sharp still) for macro work.


I find it quite hard to write negatives on this lens. Its a lovely piece of glass in a solid package and a useful feature set.
I don't mind the size / weight because, for me, its quite easy to steady it (I find weight can help) and not so heavy that you tire.


If I was going to fussy I would say that it would be nice if it was a bit faster for portrait work but given that it is a macro lens then f2.8 is respectable.


One thing for sure is that it spoils most of my other lenses because it makes their performance look average in comparison!


Samples:
Sunset over a damaged city - f11; http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwi_jono/5956560966/in/photostream/
Lone Tree - f5.6: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwi_jono/7357082932/in/photostream
Tim Beach - f9.5: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwi_jono/6061255589/in/photostream/
Icicles - f3.5: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwi_jono/5990225908/in/photostream/


 






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