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04-21-2015, 02:22 PM   #1
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Pentax D FA 70-200 2.8 Reviewed Ephotozine

The Pentax D FA 70-200 2.8 and D FA 150-450 have been reviewed recently by Ephotozine. If anybody is interested in this sort of thing, here are the links.

70-200 review:

Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Review

150-450 review:

Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW Review

They both look they tested really well and are "Highly Recommended" by Ephotozine.

To cross check the performance of the 70-200 against the Canon 70-200 2.8 ii L :

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review

Looks like the Pentax 70-200 fairs really well.

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I am keen on the 70-200 lens for sure. The results look very good, hopefully the FW update addresses any AF issues they mentioned.
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The 150-450 appears to be as good. at 450mm as the DA*300 but with more CA, but then, it is a zoom. . That is impressive.

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Looking at 150-450:
Sharpness looks very good - looks significantly better than the Sigma for sure. CA look pretty reasonable to me too (even at 450).

Bokeh a bit nervous at long end but thats a common problem with these long zooms.

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It's great to see Pentax finally make a 70-200 2.8 lens, but at $2,300 USD.....it's too pricey! I wonder how many of you guys will jump on this. Adorama is currently taking pre-orders. Does anyone know when it will be available for shipment?
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The price in range of similar offerings except the old Tamron at $800.
I think the others stack up like this:
New Tamron $1500
Old Canon $1500
New Canon $2100
Nikon $2400
Sony $3000
Sigma $2000
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QuoteOriginally posted by JacekPSUr1 Quote
It's great to see Pentax finally make a 70-200 2.8 lens, but at $2,300 USD.....it's too pricey! I wonder how many of you guys will jump on this. Adorama is currently taking pre-orders. Does anyone know when it will be available for shipment?
Honestly, for the amount I'd use a 70-200, I can't imaging it. APS-c 50-135 makes much more sense than FF 70-200. And I don't own a DA* 50-135. What is happening now, is what happened before. Pentax is planning to make a small number of expensive lens for the pro market. Of the FF, 70-200 and 150-450, I might be able to afford one of those, and it's very likely to be the 150-450, which is a very useful focal length on APS-c.


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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Honestly, for the amount I'd use a 70-200, I can't imaging it. APS-c 50-135 makes much more sense than FF 70-200. And I don't own a DA* 50-135. What is happening now, is what happened before. Pentax is planning to make a small number of expensive lens for the pro market. Of the FF, 70-200 and 150-450, I might be able to afford one of those, and it's very likely to be the 150-450, which is a very useful focal length on APS-c.
I think there are plenty of people who will buy a 70-200 f2.8, even at a steep price -- particularly when there is a full frame camera coming out. This is a bread and butter full frame zoom, but there are probably more sold to folks shooting APS-C than are shooting full frame.

If the 50-135 had faster auto focus, it would be a better option, but it just struggles to keep up with even slowish moving action.
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I'm sure plenty of people will buy it... no problem there. Just not old retired guys like me, who have a choice between a lens, and a trip somewhere I can take pictures. If I was still working, this would be pocket change. AN FF one month, the 70-200 six months later. But it's been 8 years since I was working, even though it feels like yesterday, and I still dream about being in school teaching classes quite often.
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