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09-08-2016, 12:50 AM - 1 Like   #16
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Lenny,
so what does the F-series feel like? You shoot'em all, don't you?

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For Autofocus they are excellent - rapid, almost violent when focus locking, but accurate. If you're a Wildlife photographer then the F series aren't the best, the AF is pretty noisy and would probably scare off a Bear
Manual Focus is a bit strange - the MF ring is pretty narrow on most F's and very "free" - it's easy to knock something back out of focus if you're not careful.

The overall feel of the F series is pretty solid - I like the rubberized feel of the barrel cover and the feeling of metal beneath. In terms of looks, they tend to split opinion - as some have said in this thread I think they look great but I know many think they look cheap. There are a few F's that look a little different (the 10-17 and 100-300?), but I don't have much experience with them.

I use most of them fairly regularly simply because I enjoy them - every now and then I have a trip that I take a selection of "F only" lenses...
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The biggest limitation is that 28mm is the widest prime (although the K1 would solve that problem for me ) and I do like to go a little wider some of the time.

The 2 zooms get very little use now (since buying a DA*60-250 I rarely use any other long zoom), nor does the F50/1.7 (just because the F50/1.4 is my first choice) - but the F*300 is my clear winner at that length.

Overall they are a pleasure to View and to Use

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QuoteOriginally posted by LennyBloke Quote
There are a few F's that look a little different (the 10-17 and 100-300?)
Probably You mean F 17-28 and 100-300....
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Probably You mean F 17-28 and 100-300....
...not probably - definitely - Thanks for the correction
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Great thread. My favourite series for sure. Will assemble my 'F'amily photo when the most recent addition arrives in the post (a week or so away).

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No 300 or 600, almost had the 300 but decided to go with the DA* instead. Maybe someday for the 600
Impressive selection you've got there - but you really should get an F*300 - if I could only keep 1 "F" it would be that one

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Great thread. My favourite series for sure. Will assemble my 'F'amily photo when the most recent addition arrives in the post (a week or so away).
Looking forward to it
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Impressive selection you've got there - but you really should get an F*300 - if I could only keep 1 "F" it would be that one
Thanks. Really like the F series and would certainly add both the 300 and 600 if possible. However, since buying the K-1 my LBA is on hold.
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Lennybloke you should add the F 24-50 ƒ4 zoom to your collection. This is a great performer. The F 35-70 ƒ3.5-4.5 is also worth having. The macro feature is a great addition for a walk around lenses. These lenses on the K-1 should make for a great combination.
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the MF ring is pretty narrow on most F's and very "free" - it's easy to knock something back out of focus if you're not careful.
That's my biggest gripe against the F series, and it's the reason I would never buy one of the macros (where MF is important).

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There are a few F's that look a little different (the 10-17 and 100-300?), but I don't have much experience with them.
Those F lenses were released in the mid-nineties, during the middle of the FA series, so they naturally sport a design similar to other lenses of that period.

I own only one F series lens, the FA 85 f2.8 Soft. Even though it comes from the F era, it features a unique design, with a larger manual focus ring that actually is a bit dampened (like the limiteds and the DFA 100), making it a pretty nice lens to work with.

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Lennybloke you should add the F 24-50 4 zoom to your collection. This is a great performer. The F 35-70 3.5-4.5 is also worth having. The macro feature is a great addition for a walk around lenses. These lenses on the K-1 should make for a great combination.
You're right Rico - both good lenses, I had them until fairly recently but the 35-70 was the most awkward zoom range for me on APS-C and the 24-50 was displaced when I got the FA pair of 20-35 and 24-90.

I'm trying to get my collection down to just lenses that I actually use - it would be such a shame to have a collection of quality Pentax lenses and not see results from them.

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That's my biggest gripe against the F series, and it's the reason I would never buy one of the macros (where MF is important).

Those F lenses were released in the mid-nineties, during the middle of the FA series, so they naturally sport a design similar to other lenses of that period.

I own only one F series lens, the FA 85 f2.8 Soft. Even though it comes from the F era, it features a unique design, with a larger manual focus ring that actually is a bit dampened (like the limiteds and the DFA 100), making it a pretty nice lens to work with.
I understand your point about using a Macro - but once you've tried an F100/2.8 you stand a good chance of being hooked. It's one of those lenses that really shouldn't appeal - it's heavy, bulky and has that narrow focus ring - but I really enjoy using it

I'm surprised that you still own the F85/2.8 soft - I know several people who have owned a Pentax Softy, but only for a short time - do you get much use from it?
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but once you've tried an F100/2.8 you stand a good chance of being hooked. It's one of those lenses that really shouldn't appeal
While I'm sure the F100 f2.8 is a terrific lens, so are Pentax's other 100mm f2.8 macros -- and all those other lenses handle better when it comes to manual focus. For a time, I owned the F 70-210, and on the few occasions when I needed to manual focus the lens, I was frustrated by the placing and narrowness of the focus ring.

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I'm surprised that you still own the F85/2.8 soft - I know several people who have owned a Pentax Softy, but only for a short time - do you get much use from it?
Oddly enough, I use it nearly as much as my DFA 100 macro --- i.e., about several hundred shots a year. Combined with extension tubes, I often use it at macro distances. The soft focus effect is useful for minimizing the problems arising from an excessively narrow depth of field and creating a rather artistic and unique rendering:



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t would be such a shame to have a collection of quality Pentax lenses and not see results from them.
Isn't the purpose of a collection to show off when friends visit?

I also only keep lenses that I use. That's why I'm always reconsidering my kit.

I also must force myself to use my best lenses instead of my convenient zooms...
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'F'amily photo (some members are missing in action)

Ok, I have two additions to the 'F'amily (and some who are not on speaking terms)

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Is that the 600mm F4 painted black?
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Is that the 600mm F4 painted black?
Yes and no.

The original white paint was terribly scratched through much use. Really bad. So I sent to Brian and he performed the restoration.

Restoration involved stripping back the original white paint only to reveal a black anodised layer in great condition. On revealing the 'undercoat' we both agreed there was no need to do anything else - thus black.

The black undercoat is not 'perfect' but is certainly as close to a new finish as one can expect for a 25 year old lens.

The only 'modifications' are the gold trim to the aperture ring and focus rubber grip.
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So I sent to Brian and he performed the restoration.
The only 'modifications' are the gold trim to the aperture ring and focus rubber grip.
Who's Brian?
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