Monday, June 17, 2019

Analog Diary, SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

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Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8


SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

'Five frames with the SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8, catching the fishing tourney with the Pentax MZ-7'

I might have not done true justice to the SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8 here. I had it mounted on the Pentax MZ-7, an excellent camera by itself but mismanaged in the manual setting for the lens. This ended up with the camera/lens combo not working at its best and I went through half of the film roll with that.

Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

The SMC Pentax M 100mm F2.8, however, is a delight to use. It is compact, light, sharp, and is solidly built, and enjoys an average user rating of 9.6 on The lens has always stayed on the top of the enthusiast's choice.

The all-manual lens is of 5-elements in 5-groups construction and comes with 5 aperture blades. Images, as you can see from these shots, are not as contrasty and can be boosted or adjusted with image processing.

At 100mm focal length, the SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8 is a great lens for outdoor portraits, landscapes, and should be equally suited for traveling by virtue of its small and compact size. It has also been reported that, when used in the field, the lens has a potential for purple fringing issues in high contrast situations.

Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

This is the first time I am using the lens, and as I mentioned earlier, mounted on the Pentax MZ-7. Images were shot on an almost expired Kodak Colorplus 200 and were post-processed on Olympus Vierer 3 (OV3).

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