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06-27-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 or Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8?

I'm considering picking up either a Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 or Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8. I know the DA (or DA-L) goes for more money than the FA and has a nicer build quality, but from strictly an image quality standpoint, is one better than the other, especially at 300mm?

How about PF? Autofocus hunting?

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06-27-2012, 09:37 AM   #2
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I have both and as far as I can tell, the DA beats the FA at everything, excepts for the price and the ability to use on a FF camera.

The FA is no slouch but DA is simply better.
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Hi Ducdao...

How much better are we talkin'? There's a guy who has the FA locally for $75.
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From IQ stand point the DA handles PF much better. DA is also sharper across the board and very noticeable at 300mm. Again the gain in term of IQ is barely noticeable.

There are a lot of reviews on the both lenses at PF. I found the reviews to be pretty accurate.

But at $75 I would be willing to get the FA over the DA which goes for about $250 used.

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Thanks much for the info, Ducdao. You've been very helpful! :-)
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