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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax 67 55-100mm F4.5
I bought this lens in mint condition from a Japanese ebayer at the bargain price of $299 plus freight and tax, a total of $361. It arrived with correct front and back caps and a clever and quite convenient Pentax focussing handle attached, nice to use as it allows easy support of this hefty lens during focussing. There was no hood, but it accepts the same hood as my P67 90-180mm lens, so I transfer the PH-RBB 95mm hood back and forth between the two lenses. I added a Japan optics 95mm UV filter. Filters of this dimension can get pricey.


This lens is a tactile pleasure, well built with nicely damped manual focussing. Sharpness is greater than expected, but you need to stop it down to f 8 or f 11 for the best performance. This lens spans the focal lengths of a stellar listing of P67 lens. Listing the lenses whose focal lengths it can replace is an interesting exercise: 55mm f 4.0, 75mm f 4.5, 75mm f 2.8, 90mm f 2.8, 100mm f 4.0 macro, 105mm f 2.2. Therein lies the problem for even an outstandingly sharp and versatile lens such as the P67 55-100mm. By my reckoning, the 55/4.0 and the 75/2.8 belong in some kind of hypothetical Pentax Lens Hall of Fame, with the 75/4.5, the 90/2.8, the 100/4.0 macro and the 105/2.4 not far behind. The P67 55-100mm cannot exceed or match the quality of this elite half dozen lenses. However, I have all six of these prime lenses, and total cost of acquisition was around $4,000 while the 55-100mm cost only $299.


Thus the role of even an outstand...



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