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01-24-2008, 08:09 PM   #1
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A Series Build Quality

How is the build quality on A series lenses? I've heard things about the aperture rings sticking on some copies of lenses. Is this true?

01-24-2008, 09:04 PM   #2
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I've only used the A 50/2 and 50/1.7, and they were absolutely abyssmal. I've been too afraid to drop $$$ on other A-series lenses because I'm sick of "plastic fantatics". It's all about the M-series for me now.
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Ok, that explains my A 28/2.8. The aperture ring has an inconsistent feel. Sometimes it's smooth, sometimes it's not. Oh well.
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I thought my A lenses were solidly built especially my 70-210. If you cracked someone over the head with it, it'd knock em out.

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I had the A 28/2.8 and the A 50/1.7. They were decent lenses, but I was never enamoured with them like I am the old Takumars, or the Limited series lenses. I don't exactly know why. The build quality wasn't fantastic, but it's certainly better than some of the F or FA lenses that I've handled (ie: F 28/2.8 or FA 28-90).
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Only happens to those A lenses with plastic body. What happen is that the springs underneath the ring are being fixed on plastic pins which could be broken over time. 50/2/1.7 are 2 of these lenses that I am aware of. Almost all other A lenses have metal bodies and are feel of this problem.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wlachan Quote
Only happens to those A lenses with plastic body. What happen is that the springs underneath the ring are being fixed on plastic pins which could be broken over time. 50/2/1.7 are 2 of these lenses that I am aware of. Almost all other A lenses have metal bodies and are feel of this problem.
Almost all other A lenses have metal bodies and are feel >>>>(free)<<<<< of this problem.

I forgive you for this error, some don't here.

I also agree about the metal bodies.

I might be 110 pounds but I stand up for myself and I am certainly not plastic.
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I fixed a gummied up A 50mm F2 and gave it to my sister. Build quality on it was about the same as the A 50mm F1.7 which I still have. My impression of the A 50mm F1.7 is that the build quality is great EXCEPT for the aperture ring. it feels slightly too large and too fragile. Left in A mode this is not a problem

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My A 28/2.8 feels different from my M 50/1.7. It's a good lens nonetheless, but the M 50/1.7 definitely feels better.
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I've had no issues with either of my 'A' lenses (50 f/1.7 and 50 f/2.8 Macro), but the Macro has a better feel to both the aperture and focus rings. The Macro is closer in that regard to my 'M' 200 than the 'A' 50 f/1.7.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cmv Quote
I fixed a gummied up A 50mm F2 and gave it to my sister. Build quality on it was about the same as the A 50mm F1.7 which I still have. My impression of the A 50mm F1.7 is that the build quality is great EXCEPT for the aperture ring. it feels slightly too large and too fragile. Left in A mode this is not a problem
My experience with the A 50mm 1.7 is pretty much the same.....aperture ring gets sticky in spots.A have a A 35-70mm/f3.5-4.5 that is like butter. Both lenses are metal construction and very well built.
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