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SMC Pentax-FA 645 120mm F4 Macro

Sharpness 
 10.0
Aberrations 
 9.8
Bokeh 
 9.4
Handling 
 9.6
Value 
 10.0
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SMC Pentax-FA 645 120mm F4 Macro
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Description:

Autofocus macro lens. The lens is also a fine short tele/portrait lens.


smc Pentax-FA 645 120mm F4 MACRO
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Image Format
645 film
Lens Mount
Pentax 645
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
9 elements, 7 groups
Mount Variant
645 AF
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Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F32
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
No
Min. Focus
40 cm
Max. Magnification
1x
Filter Size
67 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

645 Digital: 26 ° / 21 °
645 Film: 32.5 ° / 26 °
Hood
PH-RBD 67 bayonet
Case
S120-150
Lens Cap
Plastic clip-on
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Focus Range Limiter,Push-pull AF/MF Focusing Ring
Diam x Length
82.5 x 110 mm (3.3 x 4.3 in.)
Weight
735 g (w/o attachments) (26 oz.)
Production Years
(in production)
Pricing
$1421 USD current price
Engraved Name
smc PENTAX-FA 645 MACRO 1:4 120mm
Product Code
26735
Reviews
User reviews

Features:
Screwdrive AutofocusAperture RingAutomatic ApertureMedium-Format SupportAdapter needed for DSLRs
Purchase: Buy the SMC Pentax-FA 645 120mm F4 Macro
Sample Photos: View Sample Photos



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Inactive Account

Registered: July, 2011
Location: www.flickr.com/photos/aseel
Posts: 7

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 15, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp,balance well with 645d.
Cons: slow focus (acceptable for portrait)
Sharpness: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

yes guys i see what you mean by sharp ,i used it with 645D, i was amazed at the details i got in portrait. it was like a macro scan.
   
Junior Member

Registered: November, 2009
Posts: 29

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 8, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp
Cons: A little heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

This lens, while a little heavy (the 75mm and the 150mm seem so light weight in comparison), is exceedingly sharp. Once you see the detail using it on the 645D body, the weight issue disappears.

Auto-focus is reasonably fast and definitely accurate. Bokeh is excellent, giving a 3D effect to near objects isolated against a smooth, blurred background.

Pentax has a well-deserved reputation for macro lenses and the 120/4 FA is no exception.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2009
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 391

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 31, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, build quality, colors
Cons: none

I use this lens with the Pentax adapter on my K-7.

This is definitely one of the sharpest lenses I have used. I tend to use it for flowers/plant closeups. I rarely ever use it for any extreme macro (full 1:1) or at apertures smaller than f/4.5. The bokeh at close focus is great as well. I absolutely love it. It has a nice substantial feel to it and the build quality is superb. The hood is very nice and protects the barrel when it extends.

I have never used this lens on a 645n so I cannot comment on the auto focus capabilities.

Here is a link to my photos with this lens. All shots are either f/4 or f/4.5.

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Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2018
Posts: 479
Lens Review Date: November 30, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $440.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, very well-made, not too heavy, usable for landscapes.
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax 645Z   

   
Forum Member

Registered: June, 2016
Location: Paris
Posts: 80
Lens Review Date: November 6, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,399.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: iq, af, size, weight, hood
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: 645Z   

best macro 1:1 lens for Pentax 645 system.
if you need a more versatile telephoto lens with macro 1:2 go for the 90mm (weather sealing.. etc)
i ve been using the 120mm macro for the last 2 years for indoor & outdoor macro & semi macro product shots (jewelry, tissues, plastics) and can't see any flaws.
it is a perfect 1:1 macro lens with a very affordable price tag for its quality and usefulness.
   
Forum Member

Registered: July, 2011
Posts: 72
Lens Review Date: August 11, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

This lens is very sharp on a 645D. I only can recommend to buy it. You will not be dissapointed.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: February, 2008
Posts: 431
Lens Review Date: March 10, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, sharp, sharp
Cons: heavy and not great at infinity

I'll join the chorus singing of the sharpness of this lens. I have both the A and FA versions of this lens; I will sell one of them at some point, but it's hard to do. The 120mm macros in either version are the sharpest close focus lenses I own.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: December, 2007
Location: Norway
Posts: 3,441
Lens Review Date: March 20, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly sharp
Cons: Awful bokeh

Very sharp at all apertures. One of the sharpest lenses ever made for medium format by anyone. Few lenses for 35mm systems at similar focal lenghts can match it.
Bokeh is very harsh. Excellent metal built quality.
.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2007
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 602
Lens Review Date: June 22, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp.
Cons: Big, then again most 645 lenses are big.

It's sooooo sharp. I bought this lens because the A version I had was becoming kind of frustrating to focus at times. This lens is everything the A version is, with autofocus. Mind you, AF with a 645 is not as fast as on my K10D, but I think it's acceptably fast with even this lens.
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