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11-12-2007, 02:37 AM   #1
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Pentax FA 80-320

I have the opportunity to buy this lens..I have checked the lens review database for a review but nothing turned up. Found some more reviews on the net but inadequate feedback on actual field performance, sharpness around edges of the lens etc.

Anyone with a definitive 'verdict'??
Thanks!

11-12-2007, 03:57 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mojo_fish Quote
I have the opportunity to buy this lens..I have checked the lens review database for a review but nothing turned up. Found some more reviews on the net but inadequate feedback on actual field performance, sharpness around edges of the lens etc.

Anyone with a definitive 'verdict'??
Thanks!
This is a great lens until the day comes that you can find/afford an 300mm 2.8 * series lens or its like.
Wal'
p/s in the end it just comes down to $'s spent.

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11-12-2007, 05:04 AM   #3
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yeah, I have had the opportunity to shoot with a FA* 300 / 4. Absolutely terrific. Th guy had just bought a FA 300 / 2.8 and sold his 300/4.
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I'd like to see a real test between the 80-320mm and the 100-300 f4.5-5.6, and the 100-300 f4.7-5.8 the MTF on photodo looks a little better for the 100-300mm at 300mm than the 320mm at 320mm but the 80-320mm goes for a lot more dough.

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Pentax fa 80-320mm

Hi how r u. Ive got the 80-320mm lens and im very happy with it.I dont know how to post photos here so i put 3 pics in my gallery for u taken with the lens at 200mm,240mm 320mm so u can check it out.Ive gotten some gr8 pics from the lens but i feel i will c the best of it when i use a tripod all the pics i took are handheld.Good sharpness ,color n saturation and i realy like the bokeh to.Not a good lens for sports but wild life n still shots are good. see what u think. good luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by trumpyman Quote
Hi how r u. Ive got the 80-320mm lens and im very happy with it.I dont know how to post photos here so i put 3 pics in my gallery for u taken with the lens at 200mm,240mm 320mm so u can check it out.Ive gotten some gr8 pics from the lens but i feel i will c the best of it when i use a tripod all the pics i took are handheld.Good sharpness ,color n saturation and i realy like the bokeh to.Not a good lens for sports but wild life n still shots are good. see what u think. good luck.

I own an 80-320, and some high priced glass as well, --- a 300 f/2.8 and a 600 f/5.6.

The 80/320 gives a good account of itself Lately I made some effort to compare it to the 300 f/2.8. My conclusion was that it was satisfactory with one exception. Don't try to use it with a teleextender. I can without qualification say that the 300 f/2.8 works a LOT better at 600 than the 80-320 does.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mojo_fish Quote
I have the opportunity to buy this lens..I have checked the lens review database for a review but nothing turned up.
I suspect you didn't look in the right place. There are five user reviews for this lens. Check here...

https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/showproduct.php?product=205&cat=44
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I use the 80-320mm lense for a lot of my drifting event shots. It is a decent lense, you'll have to play around with the stops a bit to get the sharpest pictures

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