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Latest Review Posted HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
This lens puts all film-era consumer zoom lenses to shame. It even holds its ground well against the D FA 24-70mm, which is softer than the 28-105mm at longer focal lengths. As I tend to favor primes over fast zooms, this lens is perfect for me as a supplement to my kit of primes, and as a viable travel option. The main issue with this lens is vignetting, which is quite pronounced overall and noticeably darkens the viewfinder. Stopping down by an additional two stops is what I'd recommend. That's not to say that the corners or edges are soft, though: in fact, especially with lens corrections on, the overall image quality is superb in other aspects. Thanks to the DC motor, focusing is quick, though faster performance in low light will of course be possible with wider lenses. The D FA 28-105mm may look like just like the APS-C 18-135mm, but on the inside, it's a completely different lens that prioritizes image quality and compactness at the expense of aperture speed. For $500, it's a bargain in my opinion.

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