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07-09-2008, 06:45 AM   #16
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Jazzer the FA24-90 like the others have said is very good optically. What body are you using? I ask because with the K10D this lens for me will sometimes have trouble locking focus at infinity. I tried two different FA24-90 which showed the same results. I just recently bought a K20D. A quick check on the K20D this problem seems to be gone.

If you don't mind a shorter zoom range the F35-70 3.5/4.5 is a great lens. It is very compact great optically and very cheap.

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Fa 28-105/3.2-4.5

QuoteOriginally posted by JAZZer Quote
I am in sort of dilemma for getting some good (-old) FA medium zoom for all round...
..I saw few of them in second hand shop and on e-bay, so dilemma is:

FA 28-70/4, FA 24-90/3,5-4,5, FA 28-105/3,2-4,5 or ????

Witch one is better... sharper... with more contrast and better bokkeh ?

Thanks for any help and suggestion!
I have this the FA 28-70/4 which has a broken focus element (repair cost estimate $200) and also the FA 28-105/3.2-4.5. I like the FA 28-105 a lot and use it exclusively as a walk-around lens. However, on the wide-end, I think it is okay with film and FF since I find it not wide enough in some situation. That is why the FA 24-90 is more desirable for APS-C and thus cost more. I can't comment on the FA 24-90 since I do not have that lens. In general, the FA mid-tele lens are light and optically pretty decent - sharp and contrasty.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rico Quote
Jazzer the FA24-90 like the others have said is very good optically. What body are you using? I ask because with the K10D this lens for me will sometimes have trouble locking focus at infinity. I tried two different FA24-90 which showed the same results. I just recently bought a K20D. A quick check on the K20D this problem seems to be gone.

If you don't mind a shorter zoom range the F35-70 3.5/4.5 is a great lens. It is very compact great optically and very cheap.
Thanks for informatinons!
I have K10D
(...so maybe problematic combination with FA24-90 )


btw.
I saw F 28-80/3,5-4,5 on e-bay / second hand market...
..any experience with that lens?

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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
I have this the FA 28-70/4 which has a broken focus element (repair cost estimate $200) and also the FA 28-105/3.2-4.5. I like the FA 28-105 a lot and use it exclusively as a walk-around lens. However, on the wide-end, I think it is okay with film and FF since I find it not wide enough in some situation. That is why the FA 24-90 is more desirable for APS-C and thus cost more. I can't comment on the FA 24-90 since I do not have that lens. In general, the FA mid-tele lens are light and optically pretty decent - sharp and contrasty.
Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts!

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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
I have this the FA 28-70/4 which has a broken focus element (repair cost estimate $200) and also the FA 28-105/3.2-4.5. I like the FA 28-105 a lot and use it exclusively as a walk-around lens. However, on the wide-end, I think it is okay with film and FF since I find it not wide enough in some situation. That is why the FA 24-90 is more desirable for APS-C and thus cost more. I can't comment on the FA 24-90 since I do not have that lens. In general, the FA mid-tele lens are light and optically pretty decent - sharp and contrasty.
I had the same problem with my 28-105 on the istD, it would not lock on at 28 or 105. Move it a mm and it was fine.
The K10D and the 28-105 work ok in this matter, however i notice some bad moire in certain shots, like when i shoot old churches with tin roofs.

Other than that, its a good lens.

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Jazzer the F28-80 3.5/4.5 is also a good lenses. Make sure it is a SMC F and not a Takumar F. The SMC F's have red lettering and the Takumar has white lettering. The F35-70 3.5-4.5 I mentioned earlier is also very good.

I didn't want to scare you off from getting the FA24-90. If you have access to one I would get it over the others.

Another decent cheap lens is the FA 28-90 3.5-5.6. Optically it is quit good out of the cheap FA lenses. Build quality is not so good. But they are very cheap price wise. It could hold you over until the DA 17-70 is released.
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Rico, thanks!

I am not scared from FA24-90... it's just not so cheap like other old FA / F lenses.. so I will see...

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