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SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 90mm F2.8

Sharpness 
 9.8
Aberrations 
 9.5
Bokeh 
 8.8
Handling 
 10.0
Value 
 10.0
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SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 90mm F2.8

SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 90mm F2.8
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SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 90mm F2.8
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Description:
In 1980 Pentax supplemented the 105mm standard lens with this slightly shorter 90mm lens with a horizontal field of view of 42 degrees. The lens was re-issued again in 1989 in the Pentax 67 cosmetic design, but with unchanged optical formula.

SMC Pentax-6x7 90mm F2.8
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Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
7 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
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Max. Aperture
F2.8
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
65 cm
Max. Magnification
0x
Filter Size
67 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
53 ° / 42.5 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Filter Bayonet
Diam x Length
91.5 x 45 mm
Weight
485 g
Production Years
1980 to 1989
Notes
Engraved name: smc PENTAX-6x7 1:2.8 90mm
User reviews
Variants

1980: smc PENTAX-6x7 1:2.8 90mm (this lens)
1989: smc PENTAX-67 1:2.8 90mm


SMC Pentax 67 90mm F2.8
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Image Format
6x7
Lens Mount
Pentax 6x7
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
7 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
Inner Bayonet
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F2.8
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
65 cm
Max. Magnification
0x
Filter Size
67 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
53 ° / 42.5 °
Hood
Case
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
91.5 x 45 mm
Weight
485 g
Production Years
1989 (start of production)
Notes
Engraved name: smc PENTAX-67 1:2.8 90mm
User reviews
Optics unchanged from previous model
Variants

1980: smc PENTAX-6x7 1:2.8 90mm
1989: smc PENTAX-67 1:2.8 90mm (this lens)

Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingMedium-Format SupportAdapter needed for DSLRsDiscontinued
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New Member

Registered: August, 2013
Posts: 10

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 17, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $245.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Compact (as far as Pentax 67 lenses go), no visible distortion, close minimal focusing distance
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 6X7   

This is one of the best and most versatile lenses in Pentax 6X7 system. It, along with 45mm F4, 75mm F2.8 AL and 165mm F4 LS, is my most trusted and reliable companion when I want to travel light with Pentax 6X7 - if such thing is even possible!

The lens is fully capable of producing razor-sharp, crisp images with excellent tonality, micro-contrast and color saturation. I am very fond of its short minimum focusing distance and the increased depth of field by comparison with the 105mm F2.4, which, by the way, is an outstanding lens in its own right.

The ergonomics of this lens are excellent. In proper mechanical condition the lens can be easily focused with a flick of one finger, just like the 75mm F2.8 AL and both of them complement each other rather well.

In my opinion, this is a must-have lens for any Pentax 6X7 user. Highly recommended!



   
New Member

Registered: October, 2016
Posts: 7

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 16, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Lightweight, compact, sharp, close focusing
Cons: no
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

It so happened that when I got my first Pentax 67 many years ago it was equipped with this lens. It is a great all-around standard lens for everyday use, truly versatile, compact and light weight with the great image quality. You may read about my own experincу: http://skrasnov.com/pentax-67/90mm-f28/
   
New Member

Registered: April, 2014
Posts: 7

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 29, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $250.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Tack sharp and compact
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 67II   

I own both, the 67 SMC 105mm 2.4 and 67 SMC 90mm 2.8. To me the 90mm is more convenient then the 105mm because it's a bit wider. The aperature difference between 2.4 and 2.8 is not to much IMHO. If I would have to choose I would go for the 90mm over the 105mm. But the best advice is to own both lenses.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 6,974
Lens Review Date: February 21, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $375.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light weight, great FL for everyday use. Also good for macro work.
Cons: Could have a better minimum focusing distance.
Camera Used: 6x7, 67 and 67II   

I have the 67 90/2.8 1989 version which was the last 90mm lens that was made for the Pentax 6x7 system. It has the same optics as its predecessor, the 6x7 90/2.8 (1980).

Usage:
90mm is one of my favorite focal lengths in the Pentax 6x7 system. The 90/2.8 is a nice light lens for everyday use and you will have no issues hand holding it.

CLOSE-UP WORK: Pentax made a close-up filter that works great with this lens. The 67mm S82 close-up filter gives you magnification up to 0.24x, with a focusing distance of 0.56 to 1 meter. This makes a decent combo for on the fly close-up work if you donít have a macro lens or extension tubes with you.

MACRO WORK: Pentax has always recommended reversing a lens for improved optical quality, if you are doing macro work with greater than life-size or 1x magnification. Since Pentax only made a 6x7 49mm & 67mm reverse adapter, you are limited to a hand full of 6x7 lens that have a 67mm filter thread. The 90/2.8 & 75/2.8 will give you the greatest magnification when reversed. You can get up to 2.47x magnification using the reversed 90/2.8, the helicoid and No. 1+2+3 extension tubes. The most that I have tried is the 90/2.8 reversed using the helicoid and No. 3 ET, which gave me 2.0x magnification.

FILTER: The 67 90/2.8 uses 67mm screw in filters, or Pentax 6x7 67mm bayonet filters.

CASE: The 67 90/2.8 comes with the S90-100 soft case.

HOOD: The 67 90/2.8 uses a plastic clip-on PH-SB67 hood.

Summary:
The 67 90/2.8 doesnít have the same superb optics compared to some other Pentax 6x7 systems lenses, but it does have one of the most useful focal lengths and is also great for macro work. A very versatile light weight everyday lens.

Price: I found my 67 90/2.8 on eBay and it cost 299EUR. It was NOS condition and came with the original box, case, manual and all the paper work. I purchased the hood separately on eBay.
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Sample shots taken with the 67 90/2.8. Photos are medium resolution Lab scans from original slides and negatives.

Camera: 67 Film: Fuji Provia 400X ISO: 400





Camera: 67II Film: Fuji Provia 400X ISO: 400
90/2.8 reversed using the 6x7 helicoid and no. 3 extension tubes





Camera: 67 Film: Kodak T-Max 400 ISO: 400

   
Pentaxian

Registered: November, 2011
Location: Noosa, Queensland (Dec-Feb)
Posts: 1,048
Lens Review Date: October 18, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $309.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Trademark firm, positive focusing and aperture grip
Cons: None particularly
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 67   

Though bringing the details home cleanly and clearly, this lens does not appear as sharp as the standout 45 and 55mm f4 lenses, but what it loses in sharpness it gains very well in low-light capability, and this can be critical with the somewhat dull 6x7 / 67 viewfinders. The squat and lightweight footprint makes a cheerful change from the bulk and heavier lenses in the SMC Pentax 67 lens line up. The lens' best performance appears around f5.6 with excellent contrast and just slight chroma in the corners.

Overall a great performer and an excellent go between if you cannot afford the 75mm ASP when looking for a filler lens between 55mm and 105mm (or 165mm).
   
Junior Member

Registered: May, 2009
Location: S. Ontario
Posts: 30
Lens Review Date: November 29, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $180.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: compact - rugged - sharp wide open - good contrast
Cons: none

A great all round lens. The f/2.8 stop is great for low light conditions, and the lens is very sharp throughout the range. Like most of the line - go down 2 stops and at f/5.6 it's perfect, sharp and contrasty. This matches my findings with the 165 lens as well.

When I travel light for landscape work I pack those 2 lenses. Share the same filter and lens hood size. Lots of versatility, and if you bring a 1.4 or 2x converter - you still have a relatively fast lens. (90 & 1.4x won't match up - the 2x will). Mine are the latest version lenses marked Pentax 67.
   
New Member

Registered: September, 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 20

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 19, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: tack sharp, solid build, and fast
Cons: sticky DOF preview

This is a fantastic normal lens for the 67. Of course it's 100% manual, but the images are fantastic. It's sharp and contrasty throughout the aperture range. The build of the lens combined with the camera gives my confidence that in the event of an attack I could easy beat the life out of my assailant with this lens/camera combo and then take a picture of him with silky smooth focusing just to rub it in. from what I've seen from the 105mm as well I think these two lenses are pretty comparable.
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