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02-13-2020, 10:05 AM   #1111
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A few months ago I was asked by a friend to take some portrait pictures of her, outdoors, with her camea. Canon 5D and her only lens was a 24-105 f4 (I think the mk2 version but I don't know and it doesn't matter). All shots taken were with the lens at 105mm and f4. She was very happy with the shots as was I on review afterwards. I could definately see this 70-210 f4 being a great protrait lens. I'm seeking something similar for my film kit.
You could do a lot worse than the Pentax SMC-A 70-210 f4, I picked one up a couple weeks ago for my Super A and it set me back a whole 12 bucks on that auction website.

02-13-2020, 10:19 AM   #1112
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I'm thinking M 75-150. Some photo website reviewed one not that long ago as a sort of throwback and it basically blew their socks off. 70-210 seems pretty decent as well but it's larger and I think is a bit more prone to fringing and CA.
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I'm thinking M 75-150. Some photo website reviewed one not that long ago as a sort of throwback and it basically blew their socks off. 70-210 seems pretty decent as well but it's larger and I think is a bit more prone to fringing and CA.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
I'm thinking M 75-150. Some photo website reviewed one not that long ago as a sort of throwback and it basically blew their socks off. 70-210 seems pretty decent as well but it's larger and I think is a bit more prone to fringing and CA.
My F 70-210 is my worst lens for purple fringing, even though it's more corrected than previous designs (additional elements and groups). I like it as a fall back lens to throw in the bag when i want something just in case, but it's not cut out for A team work.

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My F 70-210 is my worst lens for purple fringing, even though it's more corrected than previous designs (additional elements and groups). I like it as a fall back lens to throw in the bag when i want something just in case, but it's not cut out for A team work.
This is an area where Pentax for many years just didn't seem to do that well; unless you bought a Star lens, their 70-2xx zooms didn't seem to perform that well. Outside of the big money glass the first really good tele-zoom seems to be the DA 55-300. The 75-150 seems to be a fluke and another case of the M-series glass being much better than it is generally given credit for.
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This is an area where Pentax for many years just didn't seem to do that well; unless you bought a Star lens, their 70-2xx zooms didn't seem to perform that well. Outside of the big money glass the first really good tele-zoom seems to be the DA 55-300. The 75-150 seems to be a fluke and another case of the M-series glass being much better than it is generally given credit for.
My first zoom was a Viv1tar M 75-150, I'm not sure anyone made good zooms in that range at that time. I know my first one was pretty terrible, even before mold ate it.
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I have to find myself a new river...... never any nude's on the Murray (that you would want to point your camera at any how).
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My F 70-210 is my worst lens for purple fringing, even though it's more corrected than previous designs (additional elements and groups). I like it as a fall back lens to throw in the bag when i want something just in case, but it's not cut out for A team work.
You need a Tamron 70-300, then...

I use my F 70-210 when I don't want purple fringing... the Tamron is wickedly bad that way wide open...

I had a M 80-200 f4.5, and until a couple of elements decided to unglue themselves, it was decent, but the F 70-210 is better...

But I won't be sad to set it aside once I save up the pennies for the new one...

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Arrived

Over here in the UK my 70-210 has just arrived - first impressions are very positive



Very slight soft glow at maximum aperture with backlighting, but beautiful bokeh
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Amazon (france) has just notified me that mine is on it's way.

What else is missing ? A modern FA 20 2.8.
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Cool - the 70-210mm is available for pre-order at McBain Camera in Edmonton, Alberta!
$1399 CAD

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QuoteOriginally posted by ne! Quote
You could do a lot worse than the Pentax SMC-A 70-210 f4
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My F 70-210 is my worst lens for purple fringing
There is a difference between the A and F. This is untouched and a worse case scenario, even the little bit of purple fringing in this photo is absent from other photos I took with this lens.



The DA 55-300 is sharper and even the screw drive AF is faster (most of the time) than the A's wrist-drive AF, so I don't use the 70-210 any more, but purple fringing isn't one of its faults.
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I have to find myself a new river...... never any nude's on the Murray (that you would want to point your camera at any how).
I think the idea is to bring your own
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I have to find myself a new river...... never any nude's on the Murray (that you would want to point your camera at any how).
Itís a pretty long river. Can you be completely sure?
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Cool - the 70-210mm is available for pre-order at McBain Camera in Edmonton, Alberta!
$1399 CAD

HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm f/4 ED SDM WR Lens | McBain Camera Canada
Well, I feel special now.
Enjoy it. I haven't done much with mine yet, but it does seem very good.

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What else is missing ? A modern FA 20 2.8.
In primes, something wider than 20mm, 16 mm would be nice, 15mm even better, then a 20, 24, 35, 85, 105 and 135. For me they could skip 200, though I do like my FA* 200/4 macro, but make a 250 or so, and something close to 400.
Ten more lenses would be nice.
I would also appreciate a bellows that can work with the new lenses. It should be easy enough, it's fly by wire control now.
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