Pentax HD D FA 100mm F2.8 ED AW Macro Review Posted

Modernized macro lens from Pentax

By bdery in Review Announcements on Mar 5, 2023

We are happy to present our review of the newly released Pentax HD D FA 100mm F2.8 ED AW Macro!

An updated version of the original SMC Macro lens released in 2009, this new HD version uses a mostly similar body, improved weather resistance, new coatings, and an updated optical formula which is supposed to improve chromatic aberration and purple fringing control, one of the main weaknesses of its predecessor.

This new lens still uses screw-drive AF but is supposed to be faster to lock focus. It can also make use of a virtual focus limiter, but only when used with the Pentax K-3 III camera body.

Is this new lens only an incremental improvement, or a revolution over its predecessor? In this review, we pit the two lenses side-by-side, taking the opportunity to completely update our SMC D FA 100mm Macro WR data, which only included APS-C information.

Read our review to find out what we thought of the new HD D FA 100mm AW Macro!

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