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Pentax 100mm f/2.8 WR D FA smc Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
|Price:||$523.50 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- WR Weather Resistant design is ideal for use on popular PENTAX weather resistant DSLR bodies.
- Macro lens features a full 1:1 image magnification ratio (1X, Life Size); Lens not zoomable
- D FA series lens features a "full frame" design, compatible with PENTAX film and digital SLR cameras, but optically optimized for digital imaging.
- Rounded aperture blades improve bokeh at wide apertures for silky smooth background de-emphasis.
- PENTAX SP (Super Protect) coating on front lens element helps repel dust, water, and grease, while minimizing fingerprints.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Pentax KAF|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||2.56 x 2.56 x 3.19 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.59 grams|
|Item Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||ONE Year|
|Maximum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||16 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.28 pounds|
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|Compatible Mountings||Pentax KAF||Pentax KAF||Pentax KAF2||Pentax KAF|
|Dimensions||2.56 inches x 3.19 inches x 2.56 inches||2.48 inches x 1.54 inches x 2.48 inches||2.8 inches x 4.41 inches x 2.8 inches||2.48 inches x 1.77 inches x 2.48 inches|
|Item Weight||0.75 pounds||0.27 pounds||1.03 pounds||0.27 pounds|
|Lens||Prime lens||Normal||Zoom lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Aperture||2.8||1.8||4 f||2.4|
|Max Focal Length||100 mm||30||300 mm||35 mm|
|Min Focal Length||100 mm||10||55 mm||35 mm|
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Top Customer Reviews
Build is metal and very sturdy. Hood snaps into place and is fairly good sized. Lens does not have an aperture ring or a focus limiter. It does have quick shift capability which is very handy and can limit hunting. Focus is throw is quite long (it is a macro lens after all) and if lens misses focus, it takes awhile to cycle from one end to the other.
Optics are very nice and quite sharp from f2.8. Distortion is completely absent as far as I can tell. This lens is definitely a notch above the Pentax SMC DA* Series 50-135mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Pentax and Digital SLR Cameras optically wide open -- less vignetting, less distortion, just sharper. Stopped down to f4, they are pretty even.
Out of focus areas are a step above the older Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras. Pentax basically updated this design and added rounded aperture blades, so that out of focus areas tend to be smoother with more rounded bokeh.
All in all, this lens is a joy to use. Having an aperture ring and focus limiter would be handy, but the lack of these is not enough for me to drop the lens from a 5 star rating.
The bokeh is soft and very pleasant, maybe even better than the older model. The build quality of the new lens feels a lot sturdier than the old one. These macro lenses protrude a long distance from the body when they are close focusing, that hasn't changed between the two but the WR version feels more solid.
The new lens hood is a tad smaller than the old one which makes it easier to carry around. I think that it's the same length but the opening facing the subject seems narrower. The lens motor is not the SDM variety, like the "star" lenses, so it's not whisper quiet but it's no louder than the old one.
This new version does not have an aperture ring so I don't imagine that it would work well with an older camera body but if you have a modern Pentax DSLR I think that it's a good upgrade. The better build quality and weather resistance were worth sacrificing the aperture ring for me.
The looks was the least concern for me but I feel obliged to congratulate the designers. I am familiar with optics and glass making but as the end user I don't care how many optical elements it contains as long as it produces sharp images, fits into my pants/shirt pocket, doesn't weigh 2 lb and can be used in the field w/o special precautions. This lens was designed using top-notch technology with photographers in mind. Minimal weight, nothing sticks out, the focusing ring is at the end of the lens, an additional central groove makes it very tactile - easy to find w/o looking and easy to turn w/o slipping - it just "sticks" to your fingers.
The lens is really compact and sits well on K-5, easy focusing. Sample pics were taken handheld 1/500 around 6pm under partially cloudy sky with AWB.
I don't miss the aperture ring but I would appreciate a focus limiter (was focus hunting 3-4 times out of 50) and slit in the hood for CPL. Also the price is on a steep side, thus minus 0.5 star in the total rating. To avoid focus hunting someone here suggested to pro-focus manually and then go to auto, hope that will work.
Amazon price and delivery was up to their usual unusually high standards, paid for 2 day shipment, got it next day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful lens for close-up macro shots or close cropped shots. Very little aberration and I haven't noticed any lens vignetting. A nice product.Published 6 days ago by Geodude
This is an iconic Pentax lens. Not much I can add to the great reviews of this lens on the web. VERY happy with my purchase.Published 1 month ago by W. R. S.
I bought this lens for use with my Pentax K-50 when looking for a detailed macro lens. This lens is exactly what I needed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark M
I just purchased this lens and was surprised as to how small and light it was when I first opened the box. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DigitalEagle
The 100mm f/2.8 WR is my first macro lens. I love it, and not only for macro shots.
The construction is solid. Read more
At the current lower price, it is an UNbelievably great lens to have for any of the current cameras - and perhaps the best possible value you can get for a lens that will work with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kentucky Colonel
I was happy with my other lenses until I started using this one. This lens is stunningly sharp and the colors are great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer