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04-04-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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DA70 vs FA77 - after new price increase

There are already enough threads on "DA70 vs FA77" and one major consideration was price - DA70 was almost $240 cheaper than FA77.

However now after the new price hike today, both the lenses are close in price,

DA 70 : $544.95 -> $699.95
FA 77 : $784 -> $784

do you think it will influence the buying decision between both the lenses? Just wondering...

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04-04-2012, 07:34 AM   #2
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It surely will. I love my 77. Not that I have experience the 70- I have the 40 though and the 77 is definetly in a different league to that.
Quick shift focus is a plus for the 70 though.
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Well I got my 70 used for 400, so that decided it for me. If I were to buy new, today, I would buy the 77 for the speed and the legendary reputation. I am, however, very happy with my da70. It is my new favorite lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
...both the lenses are close in price... do you think it will influence the buying decision between both the lenses?
For some... Yes... For you, probably not since your sig indicates you currently own a 77.

Keep in mind they are very different lenses with unique personalities. The 70, optimized for digital, can be brutally sharp; the 77 a film lens, has subjective 'pixie dust' qualities and can be less so...

Both are technological masterpieces when paired to a K-5 and carefully employed by an accomplished photographer.

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If you want the speed and shallow DOF, get the FA77. If you want the tiny size, get the DA70. If you want maximum resolution, get the Sigma 70/2.8 macro, although all three are quite sharp.

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I say wait a few weeks to see how the market recover after the change.
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If you don't plan to use f1.8-f2.4 often, DA70 maybe better choice - ..regarding the new price - you can always buy DA70 here on marketplace,as well as FA77...
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Looking at the items our members have bought at B&H so far this month, there are no DA lenses- only FA limiteds

So yes, I think you're right. Discounted FA limiteds are better than MSRP DA limiteds.


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I have the DA70 and I love it. That said, if you can get the extra speed for less than a hundred bucks go for it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Looking at the items our members have bought at B&H so far this month, there are no DA lenses- only FA limiteds
So yes, I think you're right. Discounted FA limiteds are better than MSRP DA limiteds.
I was originally planning to buy a DA 70 later this spring.
After the foolishness on April 1, when Brick & Mortar raised their prices,
I hurried up and bought one from Amazon for $545.
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Looking at the items our members have bought at B&H so far this month, there are no DA lenses- only FA limiteds
That's an interesting stats. Hope Ricoh/Pentax does not find that out soon
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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
That's an interesting stats. Hope Ricoh/Pentax does not find that out soon
Hopefully they do and release a FF to use them on in response...
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Hopefully they do and release a FF to use them on in response...
It's more likely that they will increase FA lens prices too, no FF for us
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With the price increase, this is a no-brainer... FA 77 hands down.
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