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01-22-2012, 05:12 AM   #1
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Experience with 150 FA lens on 645D

Just used this lens for the first time on my 645D. Initial impressions... wow!

01-22-2012, 09:23 AM   #2
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I thought you were going to buy a 120mm Macro?

The 150mm is very tempting.
01-22-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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I had already ordered the 150 when I was discussing the 120 Macro - that is something I am considering as a next purchase (though the 45-85 may reach the top of the list first). Many thanks for your help!
01-22-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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I have previously been using my P67 165 and 150 lenses on the 645D which, apart from the slightly cumbersome way of working, has been very good. But this lens on this body is even better! I will try and post some samples soon.

01-22-2012, 03:15 PM   #5
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Here are some samples (sadly compressed by this site - so I am not sure how much this will prove). The crop shows 100% piece of the other file.
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01-22-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
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(No sharpening at all applied by the way)
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That lens is sharp, and its bokeh is good too. I'm habitually torn between this lens and the 200 FA which is sharp, too, and has in my book a pleasant bokeh. Somewhat long for portraits and less fast though as this 2.8/150 is. The LS 4/135mm seems a tad softer, but perhaps, by some standards, better suited to portraits, as it is very pleasant in its rendering and has, of course, the leaf shutter.
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I was going aback and forth between the 150 and 120 when I was looking for a medium-telephoto. The maximum aperture is really tempting on the 150, but the minimum focus distance swayed me.

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Now you make me want it more! I have been looking for a copy of this lens for a while now. I wasn't about to pay the 1,200 euros for the used one I saw for sale though. Or a copy which came up on ebay with no hood or caps and no pictures of the glass. Has anybody been able to buy the new old stock ones from Pentax, it seems they aren't available outside the Japan market?
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Thanks so much for the 100% view. A pain to do, but oh so worth it!
02-13-2012, 03:25 PM   #11
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I've decided to go with this lens as well now, selling the 120mm, although the latter has a f. 32 which this one has not. Not sure how useful that is on the D, but on film, the 32 opening works wonders on the 120mm and the 135mm. Still, FA is nice to have, I don't know how sharp it is at f. 22, but it's a very nice portrait lens—very sharp, at the 90mm equivalent of 135 film.
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I've got both. The 150 2.8 FA is sharp and a lot lighter than the 120. That said, the 120FA is the 2nd finest macro I have ever owned, the Contax 645 120 APO Macro being the best. If you would like to see some examples, go to my web site www.adweckphoto.com, the first four images in the food section were taken with the Pentax 645 120 FA.
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I can see the 120mm is very good at that. But for portraits and landscape, the other two are just a nod better I guess, if not as sharp. And anyway, it unburdens me from the dilemma what to carry in my bag.
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