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08-15-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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SMC vs non-SMC versions of Lenses

Does anyone know of a review that compares a SMC lens against a non-SMC version of of lens, whether branded "Pentax" or 3rd-party?

It is anecdotal that a difference in colour & contract is visible, (beside external flare control - I presume better internal flare/reflection control might affect contrast), but has anyone tested this under a controlled lighting situation with the same exposure & calibrated WB?

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Does anyone know of a review that compares a SMC lens against a non-SMC version of of lens, whether branded "Pentax" or 3rd-party?

It is anecdotal that a difference in colour & contract is visible, (beside external flare control - I presume better internal flare/reflection control might affect contrast), but has anyone tested this under a controlled lighting situation with the same exposure & calibrated WB?

Dan.
It cannot be a third party lens and be "SMC". SMC is proprietary to Pentax only.

If you are talking multicoated vs non-multicoated - virtually all modern lenses use multicoating. It is pretty much universally accepted that it provides better contrast and flare reduction by reducing internal reflections between the lens surfaces.

Many years ago, Pentax produced a few Takumar lenses which were not multicoated (The Takumar 105 F2.5 is an example) and they are generally regarded to be mediocre lenses.
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It cannot be a third party lens and be "SMC". SMC is proprietary to Pentax only.

If you are talking multicoated vs non-multicoated - virtually all modern lenses use multicoating. It is pretty much universally accepted that it provides better contrast and flare reduction by reducing internal reflections between the lens surfaces.

Many years ago, Pentax produced a few Takumar lenses which were not multicoated (The Takumar 105 F2.5 is an example) and they are generally regarded to be mediocre lenses.
In the case of the SMC Pentax-DA/Tokina 12-24/F4, you have exactly the same lens. The Pentax version has the SMC coating - the Tokina version has its own coating. The SMC version is supposed to be better, but I don't think it has been confirmed under controlled conditions.
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