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07-10-2015, 03:47 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
Is this lens similar in design to the earlier SMC Takumar 100/4? That has impressed me similarly to some of the flower and plant pictures in this thread.

I think it's the same. It's gets good reviews.


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07-11-2015, 01:44 PM   #32
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Yesterday while cleaning out my house to move I found a brochure for accessories that came with my MX in 1981. Included the 100/4.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aaron28 Quote
thanks y'al for the pricing deal.....the pics and price make it very appealing.....as I play with close up filters on a few 'macro' lens I got....a sears 135 and a qii 70-210 both which can be clicked into 'macro' mode......very tempted to get a dedicated one though and this one looks nice at a good price
Aaron, I was much like you.... "I play with close up filters on a few 'macro' lens I got....a sears 135 and a qii 70-210 both which can be clicked into 'macro' mode," then I FINALLY decided to just cut to the chase and bought a SMC Pentax-FA 100mm f:2.8 macro. I've never looked back. A lens of that caliber will absolutely put you in a whole 'nother world! It's 1:1, build like a bank vault and is TOP DRAWER! I found mine on eBay (out of Osaka, Japan) for $229.00. It was like new!
Only problem? Now, I have a cabinet full of close-focus lenses - most of which will only go to 1:4 - and a big box full of close-up filters, extension tubes, a bellows and reversing rings! I have NO use for them now!

Just a thought from and old, feeble mind!


I don't mean to hijack this thread by posting MY photos, but here's a sample of what the lens will do, even with a LOT of cropping!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
Only problem? Now, I have a cabinet full of close-focus lenses
thanks dewman.......I will have some filters like that but likely I will still use the lenses with the o-gps.....got lucky and caught the comet lovejoy using the 135! but I am certainly getting sucked into the whirlpool of the macro world!


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Here's one of my latest with the M100.


Dinnertime taken with Pentax K-x and Pentax-M 100mm f/4.0 Macro by Jason Doss, on Flickr
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Here's one of my latest with the M100.
Good, lets you ask the question, is the auto focus on modern lenses worth paying ten time the price of this lens.
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I'm probably not the right person to ask, since all my lenses are manual focus. However, even during my Nikon days, I didn't have much use for autofocus for shots like this one, especially when shooting handheld. As soon as AF locked, slight camera movement will mess everything up. Live view and focus magnification have been far more valuable to me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Good, lets you ask the question, is the auto focus on modern lenses worth paying ten time the price of this lens.
IMO its not worth paying huge money to get AF on a macro lens or landscape lens.... wildlife is another story.

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Not the original purpose of this lens, but it double as a pretty good portrait lens as well.

taken at f/5.6 on a tripod and self timer (I am the guy in the photo)



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very nice!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Venom3300 Quote
Not the original purpose of this lens, but it double as a pretty good portrait lens as well.
Your picture came out very well. I used it as my prime portrait lens, however, if you want softer more forgiving pictures, another lens may be more suitable.
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Your picture came out very well. I used it as my prime portrait lens, however, if you want softer more forgiving pictures, another lens may be more suitable.
oh I'm not saying its ideal. but it can be used if thats all you have (like me). I reduces the clarity on the skin except for eyes and lips in order so soften things up a bit.
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Live view and focus magnification have been far more valuable to me.
How can you use LV under bright light? Mission is impossible for me.
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