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Pentax SMCP-FA 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 AL 35mm Zoom
Submitted by Waldman Jordaan a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2007
build quality and optics is impressive for the price
very handy range, even on a cropped sensor - eq. 42-300mm
All round bargain in my opinion
Weaknesses: some possible zoom creep
slight vignetting even on cropped body
Very decent lens indeed!
Contrast is ok. Vignetting is ok. Resolution is good. Bit of zoom creep.
Despite some of the above crit, I really love this lens. It is very, very compact and is the perfect walk-around lens on my K100D. It focusses extremely fast and accurate. It also has a macro range at full 200mm of about 50cm away from the subject. The Shake Reduction of this camera also works perfectly for me with this lens. I have serious shakes, the reason why I bought this camera in the first place. Canon IS works fine for me, Nikon's VR does not, but Pentax's SR works best for me. At 55mm I can take pics at 3/10 of a second - pixel sharp. At 200mm on this lens, I can take consistenty pics at 1/20sec and get consistent pixel perfect pics! Just excellent.
It is not a L-Series Canon lens (I have owned a number of these in the past), but it is a more than competent lens if you want to use it for a travel lens/all rounder for yourself.
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $200.00
Purchased At: Second hand store
Similar Products Used: Covering some of this range:
Tokina 24-200mm (4-5.6 I think)
Canon 24-105mm L4 & L2.8
Canon 100-400mm L4-5.6
Canon 24-70 L2.8
All the Canon 70/75-300 varients
lots of ultra wide zooms (10-20, 10-22, 15-30)
Type of photography: Other