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07-25-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Silver fa 100-300 ot the DAL 55-300?

Greetings,
Any comments on which one would be the best choice for K100D. The silver FA 100-300 or the DAL 55-300 lens ? The FA-100-300 is cheaper, and both have the same rating on the lens forum. Thanks all for any help you can send.

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Unfortunately ratings don't tell enough of the story.
The DA 55-300 is a superior lens optically, but the FA 100-300 is cheaper (giving it the reason for a more decent user review score). Build quality is just about the same, but the 55-300 is just that much more versatile and sharper.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RickB52 Quote
Greetings,
Any comments on which one would be the best choice for K100D. The silver FA 100-300 or the DAL 55-300 lens ? The FA-100-300 is cheaper, and both have the same rating on the lens forum. Thanks all for any help you can send.
I didn't find the DA 55-300 to be significantly better optically, if at all it is better. But the bottom line would be around how you prefer to focus. If you use AF, go for the DA/DAL - it has a shorter focus throw, so it should focus faster. If you use MF, go for the FA - it has a longer focus throw, which makes it easier to focus manually. The FA also has a distance scale on the focusing ring, unlike the DAL. Finally, the DA/DAL should be a tiny bit more compact than the FA.
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The FA is a splendid lens and impossible to beat at around US$100. The DA(L) is well-regarded and has a noticeably greater focal range. I haven't used the DA. I have and love the FA. I'm no birder, but my best bird shots have been with the FA -- and I have a Lil'Bigma 170-500, which sees MUCH less use than the FA. I also have a manual Tamron 60-300 which doesn't see much use; it is fine when I do use it, but its focal range doesn't do a lot for me. In my review of the FA, I say that its optics compare well at 200mm with my SuperTak 200/4 and TeleTak 200/5.6. And its performance doesn't fall off at 300mm.

My recommendation: If you want newer, smaller, and wider focal range, get the DA. If you want lighter (390g vs 440g), cheaper (more bang for the buck), and more visible, get the FA.

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I've owned both (and still own the DA 55-300) and the DA wins hands down, optically and in build quality.
Plus it has a more versatile zoom range at the wide end.
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If you are choosing the DA one then it would be better in terms of build quality and quick focus shift (which would be very handy). I think the DAL version is cheaper. I personally use the FA silver lens and I love it optically and hate it's long focus throw. But optically it shouldn't be any lesser. But if you can afford the money go for the latest lenses, at least they may have latest technology inside them.

QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
And its performance doesn't fall off at 300mm.
exactly why I love this one...

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Many thanks all! This is gonna be a hard decision, I would like to save money but having
the latest technology is also very appealing.
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I would like to save money...
In that case go for that FA lens. You can taste excellent optical quality at lower price. Later when you become aware of where it fails you and when your pocket permits, you can sell this off at least for the same price (though I feel it will increase in value over time) and then buy that DA lens. Just my 2 cents...

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I had FA and DA, sold FA after I bought F 70-210. All 3 lenses produced excellent IQ. The reason I sold FA was because the bayonet mount started to chip. Both DA and F have better build quality but much heavier.

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