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06-21-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Screwmount 100 f/4 SMC Takumar Macro or SMC P-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Hi --

I am trying to decide which macro lens to get.

I have a Pentax K1000 and a K10d and I am about to make a foray into macro photography.

Which is better value and which is higher quality?

The Pentax screwmount 100 f/4 SMC Takumar Macro

or

The Pentax telephoto SMC P-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro

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QuoteOriginally posted by light_with_jb Quote
Hi --

I am trying to decide which macro lens to get.

I have a Pentax K1000 and a K10d and I am about to make a foray into macro photography.

Which is better value and which is higher quality?

The Pentax screwmount 100 f/4 SMC Takumar Macro

or

The Pentax telephoto SMC P-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro
get the FA 100mm f2.8 if you could find one. it's much better than the DFA version.
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I have owned many macro lenses and the DFA 100mm is a sharp and contrasty lens, even more so than the FA version. It may not match the build quality of the older Pentax lenses but it has the very useful Quick Shift. The f/2.8 maximum aperture is definitely a plus over the older Takumar macro because the brighter viewfinder image helps a lot when determining focus.
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Hi there, I have the same question. But I lean towards a Takumar because of quality and price...? Any sugestions from any one...
Richard

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As the owner and user of an M 100/4 macro for some years, the Asahi 100/4 macros are sharp as a tack, whether "tack-a-mar" or Pentax. It will take some real inducements to make we shift away from my M. With enough money to step up, I can buy something else that would be a bigger gain to me.
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The SMC P-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro extends to 1:1 magnification while the SMC Tak 100 extends to only1:2 - that's a big difference.

The SMC P-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro is likely more useful for portraits, etc because of its faster speed & autofocus.

I don't know anything about their relative optical quality in the macro range.

Dave
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