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SMC Pentax 67 55-100mm F4.5

Sharpness 
 10.0
Aberrations 
 9.5
Bokeh 
 8.0
Handling 
 9.5
Value 
 9.0
Reviews Views Date of last review
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100% of reviewers $834.00 9.80
SMC Pentax 67 55-100mm F4.5
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Description:
Two touch zoom ranging from wide angle to standard.

SMC Pentax 67 55-100mm F4.5
Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
11 elements, 9 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
Max. Aperture
F4.5
Min. Aperture
F32
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
60 cm
Max. Magnification
0x
Filter Size
95 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
78-48 ° / 65-38.6 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
103 x 120 mm
Weight
1210 g
Production Years
1998 (start of production)
Notes
Engraved name: smc PENTAX 67 ZOOM 55-100mm F4.5
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingMedium-Format SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
Price History:



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New Member

Registered: November, 2015
Location: Walnut Creek, California
Posts: 23
Lens Review Date: January 29, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Performer
Cons: Tad heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Camera Used: 645z   

Managed to get this lens at an amazing price. Image Quality is great with the 645z. Mounted using the Fotodix 67 adaptor. The lens did not come with a hood and given the size of the front element I am looking to mount a compendium hood that can fold my ND filters as well.

Really pleased with this lens and no downsides except I know when this lens has been packed in my roller bag

MK
   
Junior Member

Registered: April, 2010
Location: Alberta
Posts: 36

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 18, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp to the edges, excellent contrast
Cons: It is big, but not if you are used to 67 lenses

I am using this lens with the 645D, and it is superbly sharp right to the edges at all focal lengths (I found the same thing when using it with the film on the P67) . My testing suggests that f8, f11, and f16 are optimal when using this lens with the 645D. With the 645D, the "slow" f4.5 means nothing, since I can shoot at ISO 100, 200 or even 400 without noise issues.

If you are used to P645 lenses, this 55-100 zoom will seem very large and heavy. If you are used to P67 shooting it is an easy and comfortable transiition.

This is the lens that I use most often.

Addendum: I am using the Lee system with a 95mm adapter for both CP and GND filters.
   
Junior Member

Registered: May, 2009
Location: S. Ontario
Posts: 30

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 26, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp & good contrast
Cons: None really at todays prices

Some say it's a heavy lens. On it's own there is a nice heft to it. But if you were to carry 3 lenses - 55, 75, 105 to cover what this lens does - so it's all relative. Others will say it's a slower lens. Really - f/4.5 compared to mostly f/4 for most of the lenses in the line? The fact is, it is very sharp wide open. I've carried the fast 90 and rarely shot below f/5.6.

You can go out for an outting, and just carry this lens and be happy. Throw in some filters for effect and you are covered. I use the Lee bellows and square filters, as their foundation hood clamps onto the front ring with a compression ring - fast and efficient compared to the screw on adapters or filters.

Prices have dropped a lot in the last two years, so that really makes this lens more affordable, especially when you compare the cost of the 3 usually expensive lenses to cover this one. I've enjoyed using all of my Pentax lenses, but the two zooms are pretty much all I take with me these days unless there is something really specific I'm after. It' just a darn fine lens.

Using mostly 2 lenses also allows you to really get to know them as far as DOF and visually stopping down for effect. This zoom just gets out of the way once you get used to the way it works, and lets you concentrate on what you see, or are trying to achieve. This lens is worth every penny at todays prices.

Just wanted to add - after using it for 2 years now, I reach for this lens more often than the 90-180 zoom. F/22 works perfectly regardless of film and gives me all the DOF I need with this wider lens.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 899

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 21, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,290.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp!-- Good DOF
Cons: A bit slow
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 9   

This lens was released with the 67II (1998) and was expected to encourage sales of this upgraded system. This lens is basically a modernized version of Pentax's older 35mm film format zooms. It is a typical two zoom group type, based on Itoh's earlier designs. Each group is corrected for aberrations separately. The front group is slightly negative while the rear group is a fairly strong positive group. The cross section of this lens shows several elements being aspherical. There is no mention of their use by Pentax, which is pretty typical for them. I have had this lens since its early days (2001). Not the fastest lens around but it has quite a reach with its f/32 ability. Near/far DOF is nice, especially at the 55mm setting. The major advantage of this lens over other Pentax very wide lenses is that it has the f/32 stop, giving it a large advantage in landscape work. An excellent landscape lens with great color rendition and contrast. Distortion is near zero for all focal lengths. In sharpness, it is in the top 5 of the entire P67 line. It is sharp wide open. My estimate for lp/mm is 95-100. It is noticeably sharper than the 45mm in the corners and the equal of the 75 Takumar and the latest 55mm. When looking at slides on the light table, I can tell which ones are from this lens. The most recent Pentax optical designs are really great when compared to the lenses designed in 1969 to 1976. This zoom is no exception. When I can only carry three lenses for landscape work, this is one of them. It will vignette if you have more than one filter in front at the wider settings. Diaphragm changes as you zoom, so your focal ratio remains the same. There are no DOF scales on this lens nor hyperfocal marks, so one has to add them as seen in the picture. It should be noted that the 1.4X converter will not fit on this lens but the 2x will. The 55-100 is a bit too short for macro work but can be used in a pinch (and does well). It would be interesting to compare this lens at 100mm for macro work against the 100mm macro lens. This is a delicate lens, so be careful with it. This lens changed my perception about zoom lenses being inferior to primes. This zoom is a pro quality landscape lens. I suggest that new users of this camera system who are landscape shooters, skip the prime lenses that this zoom covers (55mm, 75, 90 and 105) and get this lens instead. Really, a nice lens and could have easily been designated as an M* lens.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2008
Posts: 419
Lens Review Date: February 9, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp
Cons: very heavy and slow

Very sharp, particularly for a zoom. At 55mm it resolves as well as a 50mm f1.4 SMC (tested on a DS)
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