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01-08-2011, 08:52 PM   #1
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Pentax SMC FA 80-320mm or Tamron 70-300mm Macro

While shopping around on craigslist I came across someone selling these. From what I've seen on eBay they go for close to $200. I have the opportunity to grab one of them for about $100 cheaper but can only afford one. The Pentax is the silver version by the way. Anybody have any opinions about which one is better and which I should go for? Also I have the da l 50-200 kit lens but I'm looking for something longer. Would one of these be a good upgrade?

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The Tamron goes for about $159 new, I think...
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Having had both it's an easy decision : Tamron 70-300 (it was at that time an upgrade to the 80-320).

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I have the silver version of this lens from my Pentax ZX-60 QD film camera days.
It was pretty soft at the tele end. I tried it on my K20D and found some issues with the aperture.
A talk with Pentax Service revealed that it needs to be sent back to them for changes to the chip inside. I have not bothered due to the cost.
I am willing to sell it for $ 80 to a film camera buff.

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