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02-19-2015, 03:25 PM   #1
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Difference Between SMC and SMCP lenses

I was looking for a 45-85 FA lens and I see there is a SMCP 45-85 lens. Will it work on the 645D body and what is the actual difference? Thank you

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Isn't SMCP just "SMC Pentax" but shortened? Some stores label Pentax lenses as SMCP while others as SMC Pentax and so on. At least, I've seen this happen with K-mount lenses. Try finding the same lens at a different store, what is it called there?
Also, you can check the lens database, it is quite handy:
Pentax 645 Zoom Lenses - Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

With old lenses, the rules is that you can mount them (if they are the same mount as the camera), but they might not have full functionality. For example, a lens made before AF was invented, will not have AF even on a modern camera.
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I don't think the SMCP will work on the 645D I checked the lens database on this forum Cant find it
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QuoteOriginally posted by rollsman4 Quote
I was looking for a 45-85 FA lens and I see there is a SMCP 45-85 lens. Will it work on the 645D body and what is the actual difference? Thank you
SMCP is shorthand for SMC Pentax. It's actually a typo/abbreviation made by a number of retailers and thus it isn't official.

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I was looking for a 45-85 FA lens and I see there is a SMCP 45-85 lens. Will it work on the 645D body and what is the actual difference? Thank you
These two designations refer to the same lens:
SMC Pentax-FA 645 45-85mm F4.5 Reviews - 645 Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database


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SMCP is shorthand for SMC Pentax. It's actually a typo/abbreviation made by a number of retailers and thus it isn't official.



These two designations refer to the same lens:
SMC Pentax-FA 645 45-85mm F4.5 Reviews - 645 Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
Hi Adam, thank you for the explanation. Will the SMCP 45-85 FA lens work on my 645D with AF and the same way the SMC version is? Appreciate it. Also, can I do portraits with the 45-85 zoom?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rollsman4 Quote
Hi Adam, thank you for the explanation. Will the SMCP 45-85 FA lens work on my 645D with AF and the same way the SMC version is? Appreciate it. Also, can I do portraits with the 45-85 zoom?
As noted above, they are the same lens.

As for suitability for portraits...It all depends on how you want your portraits to look. Perspective is based on lens position and a short zoom places you nearer the subject than a longer lens.


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As noted above, they are the same lens.

As for suitability for portraits...It all depends on how you want your portraits to look. Perspective is based on lens position and a short zoom places you nearer the subject than a longer lens.


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Hi Steve, when I goggle this lens it shows that it is for 645N and 645Nll I just want to make sure I can use the SMCP 645 45-85 lens on my 645 D Body. Thank you
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As noted by several people, yes.

There are no versions. It is the same lens. There is no such thing as an SMCP lens it is a common typo.

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From what I saw on the database, the answer is yes.
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From what I saw on the database, the answer is yes.
THank you all. I appreciate it
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
n't SMCP just "SMC Pentax" but shortened?
I use SMCP as an abbreviation quite a bit.
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