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07-14-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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Good $ on 50 2.8 macro?

Just came across this where Circuit City selling the 50 FA 2.8 for $293, isn't that a very good price or am I thinking about another version ?

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It`s a fairly good price but not astonishing if it's the older FA. You are looking at the FA and not the DFA correct? This is an older lens (FA) but they are both the same lens with upgraded cosmetics (for the D-FA). Older ones usually go for less. I got my FA for around $240.00 List price on a D-FA is $599 USD. B&H price is $394.00
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Well now I am confused. Circuit City calls it Pentax 50mm Macro Lens for SLR Cameras f/2.8-f/32. B&H is selling the Pentax smc P-D FA Macro 50mm f/2.8 for about $100 more, but you're saying this is the newer (better ?) version for digitial? Plus owners' survey lists three 50 f/2.8 lenses: SMC FS/F MACRO, THE SMC-D FA MACRO and the SMC-D FA MACRO(APS-C DSLR). I'm not sure which is what. Help...
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According to the UPC code on Circuit City's site, it's this lens:

PENTAX SMCP-D FA 50mm F2.8 MACRO

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The D-FA IS the newer 50mm macro... however whether it is the bettter one is debatable, in fact I believe that the FA 50mm 2.8 macro has said to have been "pentax sharpest lens"
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OP response + new question on lens names...

QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
According to the UPC code on Circuit City's site, it's this lens:

PENTAX SMCP-D FA 50mm F2.8 MACRO
Thanks, I should have checked the UPC. That raises a question, which new Pentax lenses are in the pipeline:
  • SMC Pentax- FA
    SMC Pentax-DA
    SMC Pentax-D FA
I don't mind paying what a lens is worth, I just want to make sure I'm getting what I'm paying for and it's kinda confusing out here,
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From what I can see, it's an excellent price - about $60 less than anyone else. I wonder if CC is getting rid of their Pentax inventory.

Having said that, I am awful tempted to pick one up!
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And I see a focus clamp on the FA lens. I don't see one on the pictures of the D-FA lens. Does the lens have a focus range limit switch? If it does, it is a far more useful lens. Also, any Pentax macro lens except bayonet mount Takumars is a superb quality lens. I'm still using an M 100/4 and would have upgraded except for the ability to use snap-in-focus with the M lens. It would be nice to have the 2.8 aperture, but it isn't worth the loss of the SIF ability.

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the D FA version is minus the Focus Limiter that the FA had.
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F50mm macro is said to be the sharpest Pentax lens, but maybe FA version is close or the same.

QuoteOriginally posted by bwield Quote
The D-FA IS the newer 50mm macro... however whether it is the bettter one is debatable, in fact I believe that the FA 50mm 2.8 macro has said to have been "pentax sharpest lens"
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I have the D-FA 50mm Macro f/2.8 and I must say--it's "insanely great".

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QuoteOriginally posted by FHPhotographer Quote
Just came across this where Circuit City selling the 50 FA 2.8 for $293, isn't that a very good price or am I thinking about another version ?

Link:
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=154530&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=GOOGLE&cm_pla=DATAFEED->PRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=4&om_keycode=4

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Need a Macro? Need a great, sharp lens? Don't mind a short Macro working distance? I'd advise getting it.
This is the "other one"
Amazon.com: Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm Macro f/2.8 ,1:1 Magnification Lens with Case: Camera & Photo
Sharp as a tack as well but has a slight problem on digital.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
From what I can see, it's an excellent price - about $60 less than anyone else. I wonder if CC is getting rid of their Pentax inventory.

Having said that, I am awful tempted to pick one up!
Yes, it is an excellent price and well worth buying if you are looking for a macro in this focal length. One caution...Circuit City often runs loss leaders on Pentax items that they normally do not stock with little inventory to back up the ads. So, if anyone is interested, you better jump on the deal.

Steve
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