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03-25-2008, 03:58 AM   #1
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Pentax 80-200mm f2.8

I have seen a Pentax 80-200mm f2.8 for sale. Can't find it in the lens reviews, so was wondering if anybody has one in their kit and what the experience has been. Would also appreciate some guidance as to reasonable market price.

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03-25-2008, 04:16 AM   #2
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I think this is what you're looking for: Pentax Lens Review Database - 80-200mm F2.8 ED [IF]

As for any experience with the lens, sorry, but can't help you there!
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You found the zoom at Michael's second hand section?

The zoom is certainly over-priced (2200 US dollars or so) and I found the lens only sharp til f4 or so. The bokeh can be buttery and creamy. The lens is capable of producing good contrasty images.

Autofocus is slow and power zoom does waste your battery quickly. The lens is extremely heavy and I think sigma 70-200mm f2.8 is capable of producing similar quality shots.

I had been dreaming this zoom for so long til I got the zoom. f2.8 produces reasonably ok images in terms of sharpness. The colour seems a bit lacking in this aperture though. f4 is a better aperture to use.

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$2200! YIKES! For that price, you can buy a Canon 30D and a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS!

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Thanks to all for your input.

The lens in question is for sale privately via The Trading Post in Melbourne. Asking price is $A2000 alone, or $A3800 for a package that includes:
  • K10D with Battery grip
  • AF540 Flash
  • Pentax 10-17mm
  • Sigma 10-20mm
  • Pentax DA70mm
  • Pentax 80-200 mm

Either way, thats way too much coin for this Mongoose. Bring on the Tamron 70-200 f2.8!

Maybe a cashed-up Melbournian Pentaxian can take advantage. The link is as follows:

Cameras, Lenses & Accessories For Sale: Pentax K10D. grip. variety of lenses. af540. all mint. on Trading Post Online
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
$2200! YIKES! For that price, you can buy a Canon 30D and a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS!
To me, Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS is definitely too expensive already. Its image quality is not as great as 70-200/2.8L. The cheaper and better zoom is, IMHO, Canon 80-200/2.8 which is only about 500 US dollars and its one of my favorite zooms (I sold it because it had enough cosmetic damage from my repeated use and new found passion with primes )
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QuoteOriginally posted by mongoose Quote
Thanks to all for your input.

The lens in question is for sale privately via The Trading Post in Melbourne. Asking price is $A2000 alone, or $A3800 for a package that includes:
  • K10D with Battery grip
  • AF540 Flash
  • Pentax 10-17mm
  • Sigma 10-20mm
  • Pentax DA70mm
  • Pentax 80-200 mm

Either way, thats way too much coin for this Mongoose. Bring on the Tamron 70-200 f2.8!

Maybe a cashed-up Melbournian Pentaxian can take advantage. The link is as follows:

Cameras, Lenses & Accessories For Sale: Pentax K10D. grip. variety of lenses. af540. all mint. on Trading Post Online
I think Tamron zoom would perform quite well just like sigma counterpart. Wish the seller good luck since the price quoted is the consensus on ebay. In a niche market in melbourne, I doubt that many takers.
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That's why I went with the 70-200mm f/4 IS Hoping to add either the 135mm f/2.0 or 200mm f/2.8 for when I need more speed.

QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
To me, Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS is definitely too expensive already. Its image quality is not as great as 70-200/2.8L. The cheaper and better zoom is, IMHO, Canon 80-200/2.8 which is only about 500 US dollars and its one of my favorite zooms (I sold it because it had enough cosmetic damage from my repeated use and new found passion with primes )


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In the late '90's Pop Photo did one of their so-called lens tests. The interesting things they reported were better resolution than either the Canon or Nikon pro equivelents (I looked up both those lens tests too, so I could compare) and that the sharpness/resolving power is better at 200 than at 80. A very rare feature in a zoom lens--virtually all others degrade as your zoom in.

Also, compare this lens at f16 or even f22--landscape apertures--to anything on the market. I'm not so sure you'd be able to accept the lower priced alternatives...

Agreed that this is not a lens for hand holding. If you aren't on a tripod, buy something lighter.
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The splosdb rates this lens as !! - the best of the best! I thought that was strange for a zoom. Must be a very special lens indeed. Still I'm not sure if its worth $2000, even if it is now, when the Tamron and Sigma 80-200's come out, the value may fall.

This lens is also a collector's item, so if its mint it may be worth it. The last one I saw went new on ebay for about that price, US$2200.
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Just found this on Maxwell Australia's website:

http://www.maxwell.com.au/news/press_releases/tamron_70-200di_mar08.pdf

At last, they are prepared to commit to a timeframe (of sorts).

$A1099 should equate to just under $US1000 at current exchange rates.

At half the price of the Pentax it must be a good thing - especially if it lives up to the performance of the 28-75 f2.8.
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"since it uses barrel parts made of engineering plastic materials"

Are you sure that you really want to compare this with FA* ?
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"since it uses barrel parts made of engineering plastic materials"

Are you sure that you really want to compare this with FA* ?
Not as such - wouldn't be comparing apples with apples.

Nevertheless, the Tamron is still appealing at $1100 provided it's build quality and performance are comparable with its little brother. Leaving me $900 better prepared next time the LBA goblins come calling....
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QuoteOriginally posted by mongoose Quote
Just found this on Maxwell Australia's website:

http://www.maxwell.com.au/news/press_releases/tamron_70-200di_mar08.pdf

At last, they are prepared to commit to a timeframe (of sorts).

$A1099 should equate to just under $US1000 at current exchange rates.

At half the price of the Pentax it must be a good thing - especially if it lives up to the performance of the 28-75 f2.8.
It's based on the 28-75 f2.8? It's about damn time. I'd been wondering why they never made this thing before. Better late than never Easiest purchasing decision ever for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mongoose Quote
Thanks to all for your input.

The lens in question is for sale privately via The Trading Post in Melbourne. Asking price is $A2000 alone,
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Well, both Canon and Nikon zoom in that range with f2.8 are selling more than A$2,000. Given that Pentax one is quite rare, I don't think the seller is asking too much if the lens is only used a few times as he/she claims, unless one believes this lens is inferior to Canon/Nikon's.
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