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04-10-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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Have you tried the PENTAX D FA DFA 100mm F2.8 F/2.8?

I'm very much interested in acquiring the PENTAX D FA DFA 100mm F2.8 F/2.8? Can anyone tell me how good it is?

I'm going to use it on my Pentax K200D body! This is the model I want to get:

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04-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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It's an excellent lens by all accounts. I recommend you read this comparison review, it will help you. The lens reviewed is the newest version but optically yours and this one are comparable.

Tamron 90mm Macro vs Pentax 100mm WR: Review - Introduction -
04-10-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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Here is a brief comparison of the new and old versions:
Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR Macro - Review -

It's better in some areas (aperture ring and clamp) and worse in others (bokeh, weather sealing).

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I just finished a project shooting still life fashion, quilts and copying and I will get this lens ASAP ("Geranium Garden" - circa 1974-1978 :: Suttles and Seawinds Historical Archive Collection)
I do recommend the WR model. Magical sharpness...

04-11-2012, 12:06 AM   #5
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The following thread has a (partiaI) compare of the WR and the non-WR:
04-11-2012, 05:48 AM   #6
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It's a fabulous lens, WR or not. Great for macro work, but also for portraits.
04-11-2012, 07:53 AM   #7
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Here's some samples from the fa 100mm f2.8 wr ; nothing done with sharpness, the 100% crops are tack sharp. Taken with a k5 at iso 800-3200:
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The lens stay on my K-20D most of the time

04-12-2012, 02:21 AM   #9
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Most of the macro lens are well made.
You just need to adapt the focal length and it will be a great lens.
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I've had this lens for about half a year but hadn't used it much till now. I finally got the Pentax AF160FC macro light and can proceed with my keen interest in macro photography. That said, here's something I did a short while ago (and subsequently partially blinded myself):

My Left Eye (1/125, f/19.0, ISO100, +1 EV)

100% crop:

I'd say not bad since I had to let the camera use the autofocus - it got it pretty much on the spot! Plenty sharp enough I'd say

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