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John Riley has been putting the vintage SMC Pentax-FA 70-200mm f/4-5.6 Power Zoom lens to the test that he purchased for under £50.
Prior to buying this lens (used) my lenses were mainly third party, Tamron and Sigma. The intent of buying this lens was to see the difference between a Pentax lens and these others and to fill a gap in range.
It worked OK, the power zoom was interesting but it did take away battery life and, for me, more of a novelty than functional. It was an average lens. A weak point and perhaps the item that has left a bad taste was the slip switch on the barrel. To say the least it was flimsy and often fell out. I enquired about having it repaired (assuming it was worn) and the service centre basicallyl said the repair was worth more than the lens. I learned quite a bit from this lens; the brand name doesn't necessaritly mean it is superior and you get what you pay for. The lens was retired and, as they say, education is expensive but the lesson learned moved my discrimination level up. This lens wasn't worth the money even used.
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