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05-07-2008, 02:18 PM   #1
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Silly lens question- SMC Pentax-F 80-200mm F4.7-5.6

Is this lens autofoucus? Still new to the whole Pentax lens labeling thing and for the life of me I can figure out it this lens is AF or not.

Also, how can you tell if a zoom lens has macro ability? Does it have anything to do with its minimum focusing distance.

Thanks for help with these newbie questions.

05-07-2008, 02:43 PM   #2
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all F, FA and DA series lenses are autofocus

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F 80-200/4.7-5.6
05-07-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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Yes, it means it has a short minimum focusing ability. But more than that, it SHOULD mean that it is designed to give good performance at a close distance - something that not all lenses designated as "macro" can really do well.

My sample of the 80-200 F is a good performer at everything except the longest focal length; where if falls short in sharpness.

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