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03-10-2019, 02:02 AM - 1 Like   #16
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The 3.5 was my 1st prime and hated it because it was a purple fringer BUT I had learned how to use it and master it and love how it renders.

03-13-2019, 01:13 PM   #17
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I have the Vivitar version of the FA 100 f/3.5 Macro and I can say it's a decent lens optically despite the cheap feeling plastic build. I've since upgraded to the new WR 100mm f/2.8 Macro and do find it superior, but the older 3.5 is still good.

I'm willing to part with mine if you want it.
03-18-2019, 07:26 AM   #18
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DFA 100 mm f/2.8 Macro

This lens shines at all distances, near or far (picture taken with a Pentax K1).
03-22-2019, 12:57 PM   #19

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I just received the FA 100/3.5, and I can confirm that if feels unnaturally light. When disconnected from the camera the focus ring has a little play, and has a plastic on plastic feel, rather than the metal on metal helicoid feel of the old M and K series lenses. (no surprise there.) Since I'm using this on a AF film camera, and not really doing true macro with it, the feel of the focus ring--as long as it doesn't mean an early death--is mostly irrelevant. Size--its a little bigger than I'd prefer, but no more than I'd expect given that its AF which is usually bigger than equivalent MF lenses.

I've only taken a couple shots, and haven't developed anything, so I can't comment optically, but I did notice on occasion that the camera decides to focus in the wrong direction, his the end, then starts focusing in the opposite direction until it gets the subject in focus. Thats not really the lens's fault, but a limitation of 20 year old AF design, however with the lack of a focus limiter on the lens and a pretty long focal range, it does mean that it is a while (a couple seconds) before the subject is in focus.

I'm still considering the D FA 100/2.8, but price will limit me for a while. The cheapest I can find is ~$240 vs the $95 I spent of the 3.5.


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