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01-30-2015, 07:48 AM   #1
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The 55-110mm 5.6 Lens, any user views?

Hi,
On looking at the lens database there's only one review on the 55-110mm zoom.

It seems a nice weight and size but does anyone own it or have practical experience? I've not had any issues with my current lenses but if it's one to avoid I'd liek to know.

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01-30-2015, 08:17 AM - 1 Like   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris Giles Quote
Hi,
On looking at the lens database there's only one review on the 55-110mm zoom.

It seems a nice weight and size but does anyone own it or have practical experience? I've not had any issues with my current lenses but if it's one to avoid I'd liek to know.

Thanks!
Chris
Hi Chris! Can you be more specific? Which lens? (simplest way: post a link to the database entry)

EDIT:
if it's this one: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-FA-645-55-110mm-F5.6-Zoom-Lens.html
then sorry, I can't comment on it, as that lens is for the medium format :/
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I found it to be mediocre compared to the rest of the line. The small maximum aperture gives the AF sensor little love, and I didn't find there was any payoff in exchange. I can see no reason to own it.

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I know it would be MF, but has anyone tried the 67 55-110 on a 645z or d? It gets stellar reviews used on 6x7 cameras. Just wondering if, adapted, it perform well.

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The 645 55-110 was one of the first lenses I got when I began my lens hoarding acquisitions. I used it on a trip to Utah and did a direct comparison with the 67 55mm and also on its own at 90mm and again at 100mm. That trip was several years ago, and I haven't used it since. The 67 55mm had more contrast, and was significantly sharper in the corners. The photos at the longer end were softer than I cared for. I would say to stay away from this one. Of course I could have a bad copy. I bought it used, but I would guess that my findings are similar to others. I am intrigued with the 67 55-110 and have almost pulled the trigger on one a couple of times, but I'm leery of its weight and its huge front filter size.

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The 55-100 zoom for the 67 is proven and has had good results from D and Z users as well. It is easily as sharp as the latest 55mm for the 67. It is in the top 5 of all 30 lenses made for the 67.
01-30-2015, 05:02 PM   #7
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The pentax 67 55-100mm zoom is the one lens i would take on a shoot if i could only have one lens and my 645Z. Its the perfect combo of versatility , close focus, color rendition, IQ. Any modern DFA lens for 645 will be faster, sharper, and better wide open, but , guess what, there is no modern DFA zoom lens in this range.......Hello, Ricoh ?!?!?!?!?
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I'd echo 672's comments- I'm going on a long over due vacation trip to Antarctica the end of this month, and the 67 55-100mm will be one of the four lenses I'm taking, and probably the one that gets the most use. It's only drawback is size and weight- the performance and price are both fine, and it's one of only two zooms I use on my 645 (having bought many from eBay to try) - the other is the 645 FA 45-85. YMMV, but it's definitely a favorite of mine, pretty much as good as the last model 67 55mm prime, which is saying a lot, IMO. In that range, the only thing I can think of I might rate a skosh higher is the 67 75mm F2.8 AL.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ndevlin Quote
I found it to be mediocre compared to the rest of the line.
I always wondered about this lens, disappointing to hear it isn't very good. Hasselblad has a lens with nearly identical specifications and I found it to be very useful on my H2 - except when the front element assembly fell out in NZ when I was on a field trip.
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Here is a test chart: http://www.lepingzha.com/photos/457435254_Tp8TQ-O.jpg
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that test chart is from the Pentax 67 SMC 90-180mm f/5.6, a completely different lens.
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You are so on the track, congratulations Digitalis.

---------- Post added 18th Mar 2015 at 09:15 PM ----------

Sorry, I got that mixed up, even so, itīs about the only chart Iīve ever seen on a 67 lens, so please enjoy.

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here is the test result: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/48-pentax-medium-format/290664-article-p67ii.html

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SMC Pentax 67 55-100mm F4.5

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I used the 645 FA 55-110 in a testrun end of last year, before I bought the 645Z.
Out of the four lenses I got (28-45, 55, 75 and mentioned 55-110) this was the only one disappointing.
Even with higher aperture >f8 the sharpness and contrast was very poor. But maybe I had just a bad sample.
Another test on the Lens-Database here, rated it poor as well.
The other three were all fantastic, bought them right away.
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I also tried one on the 645D. Contrast is lower than the 45-85 at all focal length and apertures. That's not a big Problem, as you can increase it later.
Corner shaprness might be a more serious problem. While at the short end, stopping down to f/8 brings eerything to a good Performance, things become more difficult at the Long end, even f/11 ist not yet really 100% satisfying at the borders. It is not teribble, off course, but it is lacking the last bit of crispyness, I like the 645D for. By the way: The 67 90-180 suffers the spame problem on the 645D. Both of them are not bad, but they are not great, as the 45-85mm is.
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