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Last Edited by BostonGirl October 13, 2015 at 05:15 AM
One of Pentax's shining stars is on sale at B&H: The Pentax DFA 100 WR Macro.

Great sharpness, color, flare resistance, and very compact in a rugged full metal jacket. Manual focus feel is superb and weather resistance is very good (medium rain, probably not a downpour).

Normally around $550, now on sale for $388.28 with free shipping.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pro...100mm.html

I've owned the Sigma 105, the Tamron 90 and my favorite is the Pentax. Great bokeh, much smaller than the other two so it's easier to fit in my bag, and it's WR. All of these lenses are very sharp, but the build quality of the Pentax is a lot like their limited lenses - they are solid and fine examples of quality materials and engineering. In terms of size, think of the Pentax as having the thickness of a bottle of beer where as the other macro 100's are the thickness of a can of soup.

If you have a Pentax camera, you should really consider getting a lens like this - it brings out the most of your camera. And like all lenses on a Pentax DSLR, this lens will be stabilized because you have stabilization in the camera body!

Here's an album where most of the photos are with this lens:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/550...3447729933
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Good deal thanks for posting.
If I didn't empty my camera money jar to get the k3II and a couple lenses, I'd be all over this.
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Good deal thanks for posting.
If I didn't empty my camera money jar to get the k3II and a couple lenses, I'd be all over this.
Time for second mortgage?

I wish Canon's version was weather resistant. ( yea, I know the L version is but that's pricey)
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I've read the WR is a gimmick and the sealing is ineffective after a couple years. Any experience?
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I've read the WR is a gimmick and the sealing is ineffective after a couple years. Any experience?
I have my 16-50mm since it was release. Pair with my k-20d before and now K-5 it's been working perfectly fine. Work horse in the rain and snow.
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WR not a gimmick, though I don't know how much difference there is on the lens side. The seal against the body is pretty tight to begin with, and not much dust would be expected to be transmitted through the final element around the seal. However, the WR bodies are fantastic, and since this lens is great to begin with, the WR is just a nice bonus. If you're unsure of the WR, it really doesn't make this less of a slickdeal (i.e. no one's buying this lens just for the WR). It's just gravy.
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Do you know whether this is a Full Frame or an APSC lens?
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Love your album OP.

However, is the deal dead? Shows up at $500 for me.
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WR not a gimmick, though I don't know how much difference there is on the lens side. The seal against the body is pretty tight to begin with, and not much dust would be expected to be transmitted through the final element around the seal. However, the WR bodies are fantastic, and since this lens is great to begin with, the WR is just a nice bonus. If you're unsure of the WR, it really doesn't make this less of a slickdeal (i.e. no one's buying this lens just for the WR). It's just gravy.
I bought a K-50 for the WR specifically for waterfall/mist/sand/dust/rain environments. I did so specifically because of the overt advertising on Pentax part as to the effectiveness of the sealing almost to the point of it being the main feature. But then I started reading how the sealing fails for many after a couple years. So, if it in fact is a marketing ploy, I would disregard the WR feature all together and go for other similar lenses used for cheaper. As it is, I'm focusing on WR (since I got it for that reason), and the lenses are more expensive and the selection is much more limited.
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I'm seeing $496.95 right now. Price must have gone back up.
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I've read the WR is a gimmick and the sealing is ineffective after a couple years. Any experience?
Of all the Pentax deals posted here over the years, this is the first I have heard of this. And people like to post to SD when they have had a problem with a product or company.
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I bought a K-50 for the WR specifically for waterfall/mist/sand/dust/rain environments. I did so specifically because of the overt advertising on Pentax part as to the effectiveness of the sealing almost to the point of it being the main feature. But then I started reading how the sealing fails for many after a couple years. So, if it in fact is a marketing ploy, I would disregard the WR feature all together and go for other similar lenses used for cheaper. As it is, I'm focusing on WR (since I got it for that reason), and the lenses are more expensive and the selection is much more limited.
Of course using a non-WR lens with a WR camera would void part of the WR for the camera.
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Can this lens be used for portrait photography too, like an 85mm lens? Or is this a Macro lens all the time?
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Of all the Pentax deals posted here over the years, this is the first I have heard of this. And people like to post to SD when they have had a problem with a product or company.

Of course using a non-WR lens with a WR camera would void part of the WR for the camera.
Well, over at the Pentax forums it's pretty common to read about the WR seal failing. From rugged conditions to light drizzle. One thread example... http://www.pentaxforums.com/forum...stant.html

I have no personal experience. I just wonder if anybody here has really stress tested the WR seal over several years.
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Shared this with my photographer friend, Im sure he would appreciate this!
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Well, over at the Pentax forums it's pretty common to read about the WR seal failing. From rugged conditions to light drizzle. One thread example... http://www.pentaxforums.com/forum...stant.html

I have no personal experience. I just wonder if anybody here has really stress tested the WR seal over several years.
I wouldn't call it common at all and I am on those sites daily. Yes there are failures, but nothing that would keep me from going into the rain with any of my WR lenses and I have a few including this macro. The part about the seals breaking down in a couple years, I have never heard of that. It's not like I'm replacing the seals in my car every couple years...

I've had my DFA 100 WR macro for at least 4 years now, and no issues. I've had my da50-200wr for 5 years and got sprayed with a super soaker (not close range or a huge stream, just droplets from getting shot from around 20 feet) last year camping. My DA*16-50 got soaked in Thailand in one of those massive downpours and it's 4 years old. There's a lot of photogs on DPR and Pentax Forums who know how good Pentax WR is and don't let weather hold them back if they have the right lenses.

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Shared this with my photographer friend, Im sure he would appreciate this!
Looks like the deal is over at Adorama now... it's like these companies take turns. Also, I heard the Adorama deal includes an extended warranty!
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