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12-15-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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Is the pentax 100mm macro wr worth the money

Hi, My wife gave me the green light on macro lens for my K10d as a Christmas present. And I have been trying to read every thing I can about 3 lens tamron 90mm, sigma 105mm macro's but could not find a lot about pentax 100 mm comparison wise . I would like your options on which one to get .Thank you in advance for your help .Steve

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Probably the advantages are: weather sealing, quick shift focussing, construction. Do the tamron and sigma have rounded aperture blades?
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Steve,

There are indeed no independent review of the Pentax 100mm WR. A number of threads in this Forum reported good things about it. The Users' review in the Forum are excellent:
smc PENTAX-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR Lens Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database

Generally we (the Pentax comunity) are blessed with 3 excellent macro lenses about 100mm with the Pentax 100mm WR, Sigma 105mm and Tamron 90mm (not to mention the previous Pentax 100mm [non WR]).

If you can, I encourage you to check the lens in your local store. I was after a 100mm macro lens 6 months ago. I could not afford the Pentax and I tested the Sigma and Tamron. I chose the Tamron 90mm because it was lighter; it felt nicer on my camera; ad I had a good deal from my local store who gave me a better deal than all Internet deals.

In any case, you cannot get wrong with any of these lenses. Happy purchase and happy shooting.
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Heard it's a great lens. Tamron 90/2.8 is very very sharp, has nice bokeh too (maybe not quite so nice) but it can have CA and burnt out highlights. Not sure how Pentax macro wr does but I suspect a bit better.

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I'm sure you'll find the DFA 100 one stellar macro lens, whether WR or not.
I have the older FA 100 macro and if that's any indication, it's one of my most favoured lenses - sharp, good rendition and brilliant results overall.
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yes, oh yes
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Sorry I should have said before ,I have been reading about the lens but I don't know what I was reading . I don't know anything about lens except for the macro is for taking photos close up . I have been trying to compare the specs from the 1,400.00 Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar ZE Manual Focus Macro Lens but just do not under stand all the specs . sigma said there lens has a flat field front lens zone .
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Thanks for your help ,I looked at all the pictures that was taken with the pentax lens on this site and they all looked good . I think I just needed a( yes,oh yes ) before I order it today . Thanks again Steve

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If you want to stay with the brand yet save a bit track down FA100/2.8. At 600 grams it's a brick of a lens but at that range it's the best IQed lens I've tried! Unlike any other later Pentax macro it has limiter switch and features clamp too! It's AF is lightning fast and MF is doable with bit of practise. I used to have Sigma 105 before and the FA beats it hands down, in just about anything. F series uses the same optics in slightly different housing. And both of these, albeit used, sell for the half price of the new DFAs.

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Test Macro 100mm WR

Here is a test of the lens:Lens Test: Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro | Photography - PopPhoto.com Offers Camera Reviews and Exclusive Photo Tips
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any of these lenses are really good, DFA100, Tamron 90, FA100, Sigma 105, DFA 100 WR.

if you want to make the best out of your budget, I would buy the cheapest that I could buy of the bunch and buy one more lens that you might want to consider buying. I have seen either a Sigma 105 and Tamron 90 selling for $250-$350 used. that should leave you some $400 to buy an FA43 perhaps.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DanielT74 Quote
Heard it's a great lens. Tamron 90/2.8 is very very sharp, has nice bokeh too (maybe not quite so nice) but it can have CA and burnt out highlights. Not sure how Pentax macro wr does but I suspect a bit better.
I must be blessed, my Tammy has great bokeh and never has CA or (burnt out highlights).
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I have been shopping this segment over the past 6 months as well. The one thing that keeps me from considering the DFA 100 WR model is the lack of an aperture ring.

If you shoot macro with manual film bodies (I still love my LX for this purpose), this is a big issue. If you are DSLR only, then no worries. For me, one of the older Pentax FA or DFA models, or the Tamron or Sigma are more appealing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
I have been shopping this segment over the past 6 months as well. The one thing that keeps me from considering the DFA 100 WR model is the lack of an aperture ring.

If you shoot macro with manual film bodies (I still love my LX for this purpose), this is a big issue. If you are DSLR only, then no worries. For me, one of the older Pentax FA or DFA models, or the Tamron or Sigma are more appealing.
interesting, I thought all D FA lenses have an aperture ring, seems a little misleading to me
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pablom Quote
interesting, I thought all D FA lenses have an aperture ring, seems a little misleading to me
It seems that Pentax deleted it when they added WR. (one more thing to seal?) It is a shame, because I shoot film and digital almost equally these days. For macro, manual focus, manual aperture and the large, bright viewfinder of the older film bodies are an especially nice combo.
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