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03-05-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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DA v. FA 200*

Just wondering, why would one pay $1200-1400 for the FA (current asking prices on eBay) rather than $1100 for the DA w/SDM? For use on DSLRs, I mean. I accept that the absence of an aperture ring on the DA might mean something to some, but still..........

Of course, the DA hasn't yet arrived, exactly..........

03-05-2008, 09:39 AM   #2
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The current price of the FA* is due to the past supply and demand problem (like any old/discontinued Pentax lens). As soon as it's confirmed that the DA* is no different than the FA* (not just the design), then I think the FA* might come down in price. Personally, I like the substantial look of the old FA*, especially the silver/black FA* prime tradition which really distinguishes itself from the rest.
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I've done a short comparison between these two over the weekend. Both seem to perform the same on my K10D and K20D. The FA*200/2.8 has quite a bit BF problem w/ the K10D, but it's spot on w/ the K20D. The DA*200/2.8 doesn't have focusing problem on both cameras.

Sharpness, color. PF (or CA or whatever it's called) are pretty much the same. AF speed is also quite similar, but the DA* is alot quieter and feels smoother. Plus a weather sealed barrel, I do think the DA*200/2.8 is a better buy. If I didn't have the FA*200/2.8, I probably would buy the DA*200.

I don't think I'd change my FA*200/2.8 to a DA* anytime soon. It's such a beautiful lens, much prettier than the black DA*200 imo
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Thanks, guys; I too like the 'FA' look. I didn't know there were any DAs out there yet. I don't think and sellers here in the US have it. I'm glad the test showed equivalent performance - more choice.........

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When I looked yesterday I couldn't find it. Must have fumbled the search.........thanks.

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