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10-28-2007, 09:17 PM   #1
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Confused about Pentax 70-2?0 variations

I'm confused about Pentax 70-2?0 variations in the 'F' and 'FA' series with f4~5.6 maximum apertures.

The Lens Review Database here and Bojidar's site list an "F 70-210/4-5.6 ED" and "FA 70-200/4-5.6". So far, so good. These can easily be differentiated by the slightly different maximum f/l.

Then I read at Stan's site the following note from Gene Poon: "Do not confuse either with the Pentax-F 70-200, however. That one is a Canadian marketed lens which was sold in the USA as the Takumar-F 70-200. Note that it is not marked SMC. I can see the difference; though it is not a bad lens, the SMC are better. . . ."

Bojidar does not list such a lens. Is Gene's comment accurate? If so, how does one tell the difference(s)?

I was about to let a vendor know that they had mistakenly listed an "F 70-200" but if Gene's correct, they may have the Canadian variant.


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10-28-2007, 09:27 PM   #2
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The lens is not smc coated. Non-smc coated lenses are listed here:

and here:

Pentax Zoom Lenses without SMC Coating
10-29-2007, 05:38 AM   #3
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Ole, thanks for the clarification and links. I obviously didn't look deep enough into either resource.

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just get the MF A70-210/4
you can't go wrong with this lens. it's marvelous and can be used against muggers as well.


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