Pentax SMCP-FA 645 120mm f/4 Macro Medium Format

SMCP-FA 645 120mm f/4 Macro

  • Auto focus lens
  • Aperture range: f/4-32
  • Min focus: 1.3 ft (.395m)

  • User Reviews (3)

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    gavant   Professional [Dec 02, 2004]
    Strength:

    Very Sharp Constrasty

    Weakness:

    none

    Super Sharp, Super Contrasty. One of the best lenses that Pentax has ever made. I do a lot of macro photography and my chroms are GREAT!!!. I have also shot head shots with this lens with no problems.

    Similar Products Used: Vivitar 100mm 2.8 macro for 35mm
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    ericvaughan   Intermediate [Feb 24, 2003]
    Strength:

    Quality of glass, build, focuses to 1:1

    Weakness:

    None

    This lens is extremly impressive, even when stopped down to f/32 this lens delivers the goods. It gave me some of the sharpest slides I have ever seen before. Plus having a macro that focuses to 1:1 is must have. The auto focus is fairly fast and at the price you can pick these up for on the used market, this lens is a steal. For quality of glass they come none finer.

    Similar Products Used: FA 45-85mm, A 200MM
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
      Casual [Aug 13, 2002]
    Strength:

    Very good colour saturation, flare control, distortion control and sharpness. 1:1 magnification is not common in medium format marco lens, most of them usually provide 1:2 only, but this lens provide 1:1. The lens building is very good, I feel it very durable, but a bit heavy.

    Weakness:

    Unlike other FA lenses, it weighs over 700g, relatively not light in weight. Anyway, it is only a minor factor. If the min. aperature can be F45, it would be better coz is quite important for medium format marco shoots. Price rate is a bit higher than expected for Pentax 645 lenses.

    I tried Provia and Velvia, both slides gave very good image colour and sharpness, this lens should be one of the best among Pentax 645 lenses. I not only use it to take marco objects, but also far away scenery shots, it still produce very sharp images. Even I always use it at "limit" focus mode, but it gives min. focus dist. at 0.7m which can still produce 1:4 magnification which is actually suitable for most photo conditions even I don't use "full" focus mode sometimes. It cost over HK$7000 in grey market, charging higher than other FA mid tele lenses or A 120mm F4 lenses. However, its lenses design and structure is totally different from old A 120mm F4 marco, so it may makes it charge more. The AF speed is acceptable, fast enough to take portrait photos especially at "limit"focus mode.

    Customer Service

    Nil

    Similar Products Used: A 120mm F4 marco
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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