Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
07-30-2009, 05:24 AM   #1
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,826
What the FA 100-300 f4,7 (silver) can do

The various F and FA 100-300 have varying reputations. I recently got the reportedly best version, the FA 100-300 f4,7-f5,8. I got it in the hopes of replacing my Vivitar 70-210 f3,5 which, even though amazing, is bulky and MF (which means the wife never uses it...).

I was not sure what to expect from this lens. It's sharp enough, has low CA, but in some situations I found that it struggled to give me sharp results. I have come to understand that handholding 300 mm is not a free lunch, and my results have improved. Here is an example of what this lens can produce, regarding sharpness and colours.



I'm keeping it

07-30-2009, 10:53 AM   #2
Pentaxian
Just1MoreDave's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Aurora, CO
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,858
These lenses don't have many fans, and just on reputation I never thought I should bother owning one. But I recently got the Pentax-F f4.5-5.6 version at a great price, and it's pretty good. My only other 100-300 experience was the Sigma/Quantaray f4.7-6.3, a really low-end slow consumer zoom. It was a good size but that's it.

So far, I've only used the Pentax for some sunset shots. It has great colors and no flare. It's pretty big, internal zoom and gets a little longer when focusing. The focus ring is nice and wide but I have to look for it every time because it's way out at the end of the lens. Previously, when I wanted a long telephoto, I used a 400mm prime, but zooming is nice to have. Your lens is a bit smaller and a lot lighter.

I plan to have a 300mm lens test some day. So far the participants are the F100-300, the Tamron 28-300 superzoom and a Vivitar T4 300mm f5.5. I might throw in a Vivitar 200mm f3.5 M42 with/without a Kiron 1.5x TC. I'm not sure it'll mean anything unless someone else has those unusual options.
07-30-2009, 08:56 PM   #3
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,826
Original Poster
I have tried to compare the shaprness of the Viv and the FA and they compare well I think (which says a lot about the Pentax). The Viv wins for contrast and "texture" but the FA ins for CA, AF and weigth. Tough call, so far I have kept both but used only the FA sincE I got it.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
fa, k-mount, lens, pentax lens, results, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tamron adaptall 300/2.8 or Sigma 100-300/4 pinholecam Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10 11-07-2009 05:52 AM
For Sale - Sold: Pentax smc- FA 100-300mm f4.7-5.8 Silver davidreilly3207 Sold Items 4 10-19-2009 08:56 AM
Tamron 300/2.8, Sigma 100-300 F4, 1.7 AF TC images: A link to the DPR froum. pcarfan Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 0 02-07-2009 08:48 PM
Wildlife & sports tele: DA*300 vs Sigma 100-300 f4 dspdx Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 08-28-2008 09:27 PM
Sigma 100-300 APO vs New Pentax 300 dylansalt Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10 07-24-2008 05:44 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:22 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top