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smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens
 
4.8

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (51)
  • Nice bokeh (49)
  • Durable (43)
  • Lightweight (42)
  • Consistent output (40)

Cons

  • Slow focus (13)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (68)
  • Landscape/scenery (23)
  • Low light (17)
  • Wildlife photos (17)
  • Weddings (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (49), Semi-pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (4), Quality oriented (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (61)

Reviewed by 99 customers

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5.0

Great macro for the money....

By Raman G

from South Korea

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Amazing Macro lens. Extremely satisfied with speed and results.

 
5.0

Great glass

By Steve

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

While I love macro photography, I bought this primarily for portraiture. I'm very pleased! It's a beautiful lens and is very sharp. Yes, the auto-focus motor is loud; but in situations where the noise would become an issue, I just pop it on manual focus. I'm very happy with this purchase!

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

After messing around with it, I finally figured out how

By rick

from lake bluff ill

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

to get on the tripod. Once there the lens performed well. I have gotten a number of postive comments on photos I have posted.

 
5.0

Great lens at a great price!

By TomJag

from Maple Shade NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Real nice lens for portrait, very sharp! Macro is great for flowers and butterfly's. all in all excellent lens!

 
5.0

Great macro for the money.

By Ramon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Amazing Macro lens. Extremely satisfied with speed and results.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A dream macro.

By Eric

from South Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Looking forward to using this for its macro applications.

 
5.0

Superb Lens

By NJD

from NJ

Verified Reviewer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Awesome! Even for a novice like myself!

(8 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great lens for the money!

By Apainterinahurry

from Tyaskin, Md.

Verified Reviewer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

I bought this lens for my Pentax K-3. I'm a professional photographer and wanted the best macro I could buy for it. I didn't give the lens 5 stars because it hunts more than any other macro lens I've owned and it's by far the noisiest one I've owned by any maker. I would rate it 4.5 for sharpness. The build quality is super, it's weather proof and has a great lens hood as well! I've only had the lens for a couple of weeks so I can't post a lot of pics. I've attached some test shots of flowers in my yard. I would give this lens my recommendation. Make sure you buy a high quality UV filter for it, don't skimp. B&H is the best camera store around, buy with confidence.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Sharpness and Clarity

By Imagination4

from Illinois

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

After spending the time to test and adjust the fine auto focus on my K-3, this lens delivers excellent sharpness and image quality from nearly wide open. Focusing is relative fast, but noisy as it is screw drive, though accurate.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Prime Les

By Camera Lady

from New Jersey

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Always wanted this lens. Great for macro work and portraits.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Cardi

from Pinellas park, Fl

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Sharp!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful lens of compact size!

By zreminder

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

I have been longing for such lens for so long based on the fantastic reviews I read online. It is a true performer with solid build-quality. This lens produce extraordinarily sharp images. Color aberration is barely noticeable except at F/2.8. If there is one thing I want to complain about, that would be the lack of focus range limiter. Since it is a macro lens, focusing can take long time from min-focus range to infinity. A limiter would have made it better for auto focus.

 
5.0

Nice product, Photo Quality are amazing

By Efortinca

from Quebec City

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Very happy with this product. I recommend it

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First non-kit lens...I get it!

By Di who is new to photography

from Minnesota

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Wow! Great MACRO, great portrait and great scenery. Amazing performance and so crisp. Very happy with purchase. Includes hood and case.

 
5.0

A desirable lens

By Calypso

from Australia, Sunshine Cpast

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Everything you would want from a 100mm Macro, with the possible exception of manual aperture selection.

 
4.0

Great first impression

By Alan

from UK

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Only used the lens a couple of times (been travelling recently), but first impressions is the sharpness of the images, so believe this is a good addition to my existing set of lenses, and also impressed with he quality against the price I paid

 
4.0

Great macro, slight hunting

By dg

from Irvine, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Spent just a little time with this gem but it's really a great macro. Quick-shift focus system works well, very long focus throw of course as a macro. Haven't seen it in my other lenses but I found that this one sometimes tries to hunt in the wrong direction on my k3-ii, might just be that it's _so_ out of focus there is no information to be had -- this is my first autofocus macro lens so I can't compare.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly Excellent!

By EdtheEngineer

from Cedar, MI

Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

Edge-to-edge sharp... my 'Go-To' for close-up work. ==> See attached photos taken with this lens and Pentax K-5 II (APS-C) dSLR. 100mm focal length is a big plus in providing enough distance from the subject to use a sturdy tripod in most situations and for hand-held shots at higher ISO as well. Weather-resistant "WR" metal construction is a bonus. Manual focus (which I use most of the time) is quick and precise due to location, knurling and width of the focusing ring. The same knurling/width is found at the rear of the lens which facilitates mounting and dismounting on the camera body. 49mm filter size makes this item less expensive... (and is same size as on two 'legacy' lenses from my Pentax MX film camera: 50mm normal and 28mm wideangle).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very sharp lens

By pic

from chicago

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

    Takes great photos in day light and have used to freeze action quite often, Currently mounted on K-50.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    "I would buy this product again and again" Fantastic !

    By Pixel 2016

    from Canada

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens:

    Extra lens for macro,Sharp images,
    This lense is very clear and the focus is fast, great for portraits too. This is a real quality piece of glass.
    Great lense, I would suggest it to any photographers.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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