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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax-A* 200mm F4 Macro ED
This lens is an amazing piece of engineering. It is an excellent macro (1:1) as others have raved about. It provides fantastic working distance for those tricky subjects such as spiders, particularly jumping spiders. Colours are superb, natural but with a nice vibrant lift. Sharpness is there from wide open with DOF not too punishing like 50mm lenses can be. Best of all, this lens can be stopped down a loooong way without diffraction damaging IQ.

I have also used this lens for distant portraits. Surprisingly, the lens gives a wonderful 3D effect owing to the narrower FoV and simply stunning OoF Bokeh. The 200mm allows for subject isolation in crowded spaces giving the impression of intimacy when it is not really there. I used this feature to great effect by snapping candid portraits without the subject knowing.

IQ loss is almost negligible when used with a quality teleconverter turning the lens into a 300mm. I would like to try the Pentax AF teleconverter to see what is offers.

Focusing on subjects at medium to long distances is very easy through tiny finger tip twists of the focusing helicoid, while macro subjects are dealt with through effortless yet pronounced focusing adjustments giving a sense of control - although movements are never overly involved (some adjustments on other lenses can take an uncomfortably long time to adjust when close focusing). The tripod mount is perfectly designed as a focusing aid when hand held shooting. The mount sits nicely in the pa...

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