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12-21-2007, 09:40 PM   #1
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FA 100/2.8 macro

Just picked up a copy of this great set of glassware from another forum member and am impressed. Wasn't as heavy as I thought it would be - sits nicely on my K100D, and has taken some stunning shots.

Comparing "macro" shots from my kit lens with those from the FA 100, the colours appear much more brilliant and the sharpness 10 notches higher with the FA 100. I'm sure this is common knowledge to much of you in the forum, but I now appreciate the beauty of the shots that come out of a true macro lens soooo much more.

The sample shots I took with my "new" temporary relief from LBA are of household things (a carved gourd and a waratah) have simply blown me away.

Do other owners of this lens (or the DFA100) use it much at f/2.8-4?
The amazing shallow DOF possible with this lens makes it a challenge to work with, even at f/16-22!
I take my hat off to you macro photographers!

12-23-2007, 11:57 AM   #2
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Nice glass! i'm still deciding if this is a good choice over the 50-135. certainly it's cheaper.
Can you post some portrait with this lens?
12-23-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by truonganh Quote
Nice glass! i'm still deciding if this is a good choice over the 50-135. certainly it's cheaper.
Can you post some portrait with this lens?
While I don't have any photos that I can show you (to preserve the privacy of the subjects), imho the FA100/2.8 Macro produces very nice neutral bokeh which is rather rare to Pentax lenses. In fact, I consider it is a even better portrait lens than the FA77 or FA*85 sharpness & bokeh wise. But at 600g flat, it is rather heavy.
12-23-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
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I found the DFA version prone to clipped corners in the bokeh. Otherwise, it is an all round lens.

F2.8 is often too narrow depth of field as you mention. Most importantly, it is not that sharp either. I prefer to use it around f3.5 and above instead.

I did some protraits in the past and will have to find them later on.

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I agree. My DFA 50mm has one of the best buttery smooth bokeh I have ever seen . Some people prefer the bokeh of the 85 or the 77 ... sometimes I do prefer it to the extra smooth bokeh my 50mm DFA has . The 85 and the 77 have a bokeh similar to noctilux style which looks a little fuzzy ... I like it sometimes ...

You can see here what I mean ( 77mm at f2.2 ) : IMGP7520 photo - alinla photos at

The FA 100mm is an excellent lens ... I am sure you ll have lots of fun

PS I wish there was a noctilux for pentax mount ... I would buy it.
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Here is a shot from this summer.

Hair is a bit blown out, but shot with the FA 100 2.8


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