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06-30-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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Used DA*200mm lens prices falling

I just happen to notice that the last two DA*200 lenses sold by Roberts Camera of Indianapolis Indiana have both sold in the $500 dollar range, both in excellent condition. One was $480 and the other $521.55. Normally sell in the $800 dollar range used. I've purchased from Roberts before and have been very satisfied.

Wondering if the price drop is because of the new D FA 70-200mm soon to go for sale in the Fall.

06-30-2015, 09:05 AM   #2
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That would be nice, I've already decided I don't want the D-FA, it's just too big, but a nice little 200 for $500, I'd put that on my credit card, even if I didn't have the money.
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It hurts to see that price to those of us who bought not too long ago mine was over $700 used. Oh well. I like it that's what counts.
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I'd have to agree that the two lenses don't overlap as much as you might think. One, a reasonably compact fast prime, the
other a behemoth Canon-esque cannon.

I imagine the drop in price simply reflects a saturated market and is a sign of a Good Thing. Enough DA* 200mm have been
purchased and are in circulation that used lenses are now abundant and no longer carry an almost new price. If only
A* 200mm Macros were so easily attained.

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The Da* 200 f2.8 has always been at the top of my "wanted but don't need it" list, I'm having too much fun with the F 300 f4.5 (similar size, faster AF) to justify the purchase on such an otherwise gem of a lens optically. perhaps it's this is the right time to indulge myself and get one.
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That lens price may have reflected something about that lens. Ebay listings from Roberts on the lens are back in the $800+ range.
Pentax Da 200mm F2 8 SMC Ed If SDM AF Lens 200 2 8 549 | eBay
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
The Da* 200 f2.8 has always been at the top of my "wanted but don't need it" list, I'm having too much fun with the F 300 f4.5 (similar size, faster AF) to justify the purchase on such an otherwise gem of a lens optically. perhaps it's this is the right time to indulge myself and get one.
I have both the DA* 200 and the F* 300 4.5. I love both and both serve a different purpose. Also, my next FL below my 300 is 135 so the 200 fit in nicely. Sometimes the 300 is just too long, I like to use the 200 for walks in the woods when camping with the family, I have some telephoto range and can easily get far enough away to get photos of the family too. I did pick up the 200 for a really good price so it wasn't much of a gamble, plus the f/2.8 does come in handy at times. I recently purchased the DA* 300 for a good price too (maybe the prices are dropping on them as well? People selling to get the 150-450?) to test against my F* 300. I had to after the rave reviews of the 300 (and a decent price), so I will let my experience with both decide which one I put up for sale. The F* 300 is going to be tough to beat, especially for the compactness of it and the attached lens hood that extends out. The 300 looks large in photos, but so did the 200, which I was surprised to see how compact it is (heavy/solid, but compact) compared to looking at photos of it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
That lens price may have reflected something about that lens. Ebay listings from Roberts on the lens are back in the $800+ range.
Pentax Da 200mm F2 8 SMC Ed If SDM AF Lens 200 2 8 549 | eBay
No I don't think so. Both lenses were excellent. Roberts does have the "Make an offer" available, so maybe they would still take $600? You could try and see

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I would purchase the DA*200 for indoor events. I have the F*300. I don't think anything can touch that lens regarding IQ.

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From what I've seen DA* 200 optics are really top notch, probably as good as it gets on a non-macro/non-ltd Pentax offering. There seems to be a trend of people opting for flexible zooms like the new 150-450 over primes. I've personally been so impressed with the performance of the new D-FA 150-450 that I expressed my concern on the new D-Fa* 70-200 as a "star" category lens outperforming it's bigger sibling. With news of delays on the D-FA* 70-200 due to last minute optical revisions it looks like Ricoh has been busy addressing similar concerns. All Ricoh has to do is to match the IQ of the new D-FA* to that of at DA* 200mm, then we'll have another masterpiece on our hands.

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The DA *200 seems to be a niche product. A lot of people who look at this lens look at the various 70-200 f2.8 lenses out there and end up going with one of them (Tamron is the cheapest, but used Sigmas are pretty reasonable as well).

The DA *200 is sharp wide open and is smaller than those other lenses. The size difference was why bought the DA *200. My wife wanted something that went to 200mm and was f2.8, but we rented a Sigma 70-200 and it was huge. She likes the DA *200 a lot better.

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Has anyone made the low offer?
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Is it only me who thinks the whole Pentax market for 2nd hand lenses has been soft since the FF anouncement....15-25% down on last year?
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I'm seriously entertaining the DA*200 over the new zoom, so this is excellent news!
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The DA*200 is on my want list (after the FA*85) mainly down to its relatively lightweight/size and construction. And of course, its supposed to be fully FF compatible being based on the FA*200.

Comparison (not my photo)

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QuoteOriginally posted by hoopsontoast Quote
The DA*200 is on my want list (after the FA*85) mainly down to its relatively lightweight/size and construction. And of course, its supposed to be fully FF compatible being based on the FA*200.

Comparison (not my photo)

It is a nice size. I have owned both the 50-135 and the DA* 200 although my 50-135 is on loan to my dad and the 200 is with me but technically is his. They are similar in size but the hood for the 200 is larger and takes more bag space.
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