Will the DFA100mm Macro WR be my favourite lens ?


zoom3

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Finally had the chance to road test this latest acquisition. A quick visit to Funan to buy some printer ink turned out to be one hell of an expensive trip. This little beauty was sitting all alone on the shelf, beckoning me to take her home. Well, just couldn't resist...

It's performance as a macro lens is well known, but I wanted to find out how it performs as a general purpose lens. So down Orchard Rd I went and ended up shooting the Cheerfest event.

Firstly, it's a beautiful lens to see and hold. The aluminium body is so smooth & sexy, the hood clicks in with a high precision feel and even the front lens cap has a better feel compared to other Pentax caps. The manual focusing is nicely weighted, ultra smooth and precise. It's light and balances beautifully on the K-7. And unlike the non WR version, the front lens barrel has no play. It fits in nice & tight.

As expected for all true macro lenses, when on autofocus, the focusing is relatively slow when changing focusing distance but once you understand its characteristics and work with it, it's manageable.

Auto focusing in low light is fast & accurate and seems similar to other pentax prime lenses - subjectively better than say the FA 50 1.4 but not as quick as the FA43.

OK. Enough words. Here are some photos by this fantastic lens. May not be my favourite lens yet but after the weekend, it is definitely among my top 3.

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More pics of the event here: The wider views are all taken with the FA43.
http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704799
 

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Moonlightsg

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Don't like that neh...

finally i can drop the idea of buying the DFA100mm and forget about it recently...
now you go and add oil again and light the fire....:devil:
 

Moonlightsg

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need to start looking for Parttime...
 

Moonlightsg

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ya... a bit mean how much? $100 or $200???
but really don't know how much is DFA 100mm Macro...1.2k?
if the different less than 10% must well get the new one...
 

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ya... a bit mean how much? $100 or $200???
but really don't know how much is DFA 100mm Macro...1.2k?
if the different less than 10% must well get the new one...
DFA 100mm- abtS$897-900 :D
 

zoom3

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Don't like that neh...

finally i can drop the idea of buying the DFA100mm and forget about it recently...
now you go and add oil again and light the fire....:devil:
Sorry bro. Resistance is futile. We all know there is only one way to put out the fire, right ?:bsmilie:

ya... a bit mean how much? $100 or $200???
but really don't know how much is DFA 100mm Macro...1.2k?
if the different less than 10% must well get the new one...
The new 100mm WR is just below $900 incl GST. The old version is about $100 less I think.... I believe the pic IQ between the 2 is very similar but the WR body is just soooo much better. The built of the non WR is very kit lens like while the WR one is just like the limiteds :thumbsup: It's really a no brainer which one you will choose.
 

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Nice shots and congratulations on your new lens. :)

Appreciate the write up as well. We need more of such threads that exhibit what a lens can do. :thumbsup: Thanks
 

Moonlightsg

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$900! even temp me more....

anyone have IT parttime jobs offer???:bsmilie:
 

eselite

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Nice shot! You really show it's other advantages as a street candid lens!
 

Ahren

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I have to hand it to you. Buy printer ink and end up buying a expansive lens, :thumbsup:

But those are great pics.
 

WilsonG

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I checked out from Manly this afternoon and found out that non-WR stock not coming in liao.... So, only left the WR version.... BBB?? Hahaha.... :)
 

zoom3

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Nice shots and congratulations on your new lens. :)

Appreciate the write up as well. We need more of such threads that exhibit what a lens can do. :thumbsup: Thanks
Appreciate your appreciation. Thanks :D
Yes, I agree. Hopefully some of the newer Pentaxian will also write a short review of their favourite lens.
 

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