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07-20-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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Pentax lens 28-105mm

I just purchased a pentax 28-105mm lens, SMC Pentax-fa, 1:3.2-5.5 IF & AL, I have not been able to find any information about the lens on line, can anyone help?
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07-20-2014, 05:06 PM   #2
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Here's our lens DB entry for it:

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This lens was made by Tamron and rebadged for Pentax, it also was rebadged as a Promaster. I actually had the Tamron and Promaster versions that I won in two auctions in the same week a couple years back. Both copies I had were excellent. I sold the Tamron when I bought a K-30 with an 18-135WR. I gave the Promaster to my daughter and it is usually on her K-x. If it doesn't come with a hood make sure to get one, it will help considerably. It is a light plastic lens so be carefully. The person that bought my Tamron broke it in a fall.
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I have the Promaster, and can confirm it's a nice lens. Very quick focus and at 70mm it's quite sharp. Get a rubber hood, though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
This lens was made by Tamron and rebadged for Pentax, it also was rebadged as a Promaster.
That's the non PZ f4-5.6 version, briefly released in the late nineties. The OP is referring to f3.2-4.5 version, released a year or two later, which is definitely a Pentax design. This FA 28-105 f3.2-4.5 is very compact for an FF zoom lens with it's range and features the same "ghostless" coating technology used in the FA limiteds.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
... The person that bought my Tamron broke it in a fall.
I think if I drop my Power Zoom version, I'll try to jump clear so I am not crushed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
That's the non PZ f4-5.6 version, briefly released in the late nineties. The OP is referring to f3.2-4.5 version, released a year or two later, which is definitely a Pentax design. This FA 28-105 f3.2-4.5 is very compact for an FF zoom lens with it's range and features the same "ghostless" coating technology used in the FA limiteds.
Sorry, My mistake! Hard to believe there are so many 28-105s.


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I think if I drop my Power Zoom version, I'll try to jump clear so I am not crushed.
I had one of those too, seemed like it weighed more than the DA*300.
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