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07-04-2012, 04:22 AM   #1
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Just got myself a D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR, wow !

Just wanted to tell fellow pentaxians how awesome is the Pentax D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR.

I was lucky enough to grab it on fleabay for 300 still under warranty, and man, I'm a happy camper !

I thought that my A 100mm F4 Macro was sharp, but the new one blows it out of the water, I'd go as far as saying that it is the sharpest lens I have ever put on my K-5.

WR is a huge bonus as well, weather forecasts for tonight announce storms and I'll be out shooting !

07-04-2012, 04:31 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Matchete Quote
I was lucky enough to grab it on fleabay for 300 still under warranty, and man, I'm a happy camper !
You absolute swine! I waited ages for one to come up, gave up and bought new for about 470. Bummer!

Agreed it's a lovely piece of glass. Since getting it, I've not used my 35mm Ltd. macro for macro shots. 30cm focusing distance is so much more comfortable.
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I'm envious! If I could afford the complete prime kit that I would ideally have, it would definitely be in my bag.

What do you think about the speed of its focusing. I've read it's on the slow side and that giving it a jump start with the Quick Shift is helpful. From what I understand almost all macro lenses have long focus throws so some slowness is to be expected.

I'm also curious how you feel about its size. Does it feel small, mid-sized, or large to you?

Congrats and happy shooting! Be sure to post some takes from it!

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Hi Machete!

Congratulations! I very much agree with your views on this beauty! The 100mm WR is also by far the sharpest lens in my bag, although most of my other lenses are also pretty good. I like the deep saturated colors and the really nice contrasty pictures that I get with this lens. I've found this lens useful even for landscapes, but you of course need sufficient distance to use it for landscapes.

Hi TomTextura,
I think that this lens feels rather compact and goes very well with the K5.

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You will never regret!!! It's light weight and compact(compare to other brand 100macro)
One more, the bokeh of this lens is amazing~~especially at night!!
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Please excuse my ignorance - I am also looking at getting a macro lens and have 2 to choose from. What is the difference between the 100mm DFA 2.8 Macro WC and the 100mm F2.8 WR D FA smc? Please help

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I have to agree, it is a superb lens, and brilliant for macro shooting. Just a sample for those interested :





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What is the difference between the 100mm DFA 2.8 Macro WC and the 100mm F2.8 WR D FA smc?
For a start the WR means weather sealed. Sealed against rain etc, which thew former is not. I think the value is in the latter model, but I would suggest having a read of the Lens Reviews.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/category-SMC-Pentax-DFA-Lenses.html


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QuoteOriginally posted by msalicat Quote
Please excuse my ignorance - I am also looking at getting a macro lens and have 2 to choose from. What is the difference between the 100mm DFA 2.8 Macro WC and the 100mm F2.8 WR D FA smc? Please help
The newer version is the D FA 100mm f2.8 WR. Basically it is exactly the same lens, except that it has weather sealing added and it has rounded aperture blades. In a lot of photos you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
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I had a quick look at the review section with some sample images and I must say that you are going to have a lot of fun with that lens.Bruce's images above are sensational,so I can foresee that you won't be disappointed with your future images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
The newer version is the D FA 100mm f2.8 WR. Basically it is exactly the same lens, except that it has weather sealing added and it has rounded aperture blades. In a lot of photos you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
There is another significant difference, which is that the newer WR lens lacks an aperture ring. If you want to increase magnification by extending the focal length (e.g., using extension tubes), this can get tricky on the newer lens because you'll need extension tubes with the electrical contacts to do so. These are not being manufactured right now, although there are work arounds.
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Wow Bruce - your pics are stunning!!

thanks for all the feedback - am going to order one today!! Am sure I will have lots of fun when I go to the Namaqualand area with the flowers
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Hi! Here is an example of using this lens to shoot landscapes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/goblin_forest/7213422680/in/set-72157629765259414

I admit that this focal length is not my first choice for landscapes, but sometimes if you manage to find a suitable (distant enough) topic the micro-contrast and detail will be exceptional....

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If you try the older FA 100 2.8 you will be even more shocked by the sharpness
Congratulations for your new toy, go outside and have fun with it!
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Thanks guys, for the positive remarks, much appreciated.. This would be close to my favourite lens.
A few more from my Single inJuly Album.

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