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07-10-2008, 09:03 PM   #16
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$200 less? a lot of people (including me) have bought lenses from these guys here:
eBay Store: Search results for Prodigital2000.

call in and make sure they have stock before you order

07-10-2008, 09:13 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
$200 less? a lot of people (including me) have bought lenses from these guys here:
eBay Store: Search results for Prodigital2000.

call in and make sure they have stock before you order
Thanks for the link. They seem to have them for about 590.00 for the 77 and 510.00 for the 70. The best I've seen is 450.00 for the 70 (via the web) vs a local store here in Canada that is selling the 77 for 650.00, hence the 200.00 claim. Using this option it looks like 450.00 vs 590.00 (=$140.00 difference.) More to factor into the decision...
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I've had limited experience with the 77, and own the 70. I really like the 70, as I prize small size and weight (especially to offset the weight of the K20D!). The 77 is significantly heavier (heck the 70 feels lighter than my plastic FA35 f/2). The 77 has somewhat better bokeh, but for sharpness I don't think there's much in it. The 70 is really good on that point. It's tack sharp at the center at all apertures, and by 5.6 the corners are as sharp as the center.

The 70 is somewhat slower (f2.4 vs 1.8), so if you do a lot of low-light shooting that might be a concern. Interestingly both have the same minimum focusing difference.

Focusing on the 70 seems quicker.

My one seems to over-expose about half a stop, not sure if that's something common to this lens. I have to keep the EV set to -.5 for the most part.

The 70 is cheaper, though to be honest that wasn't the key factor for me, if I'd preferred the 77 I would have got it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Talisman39 Quote
I really like the 70, as I prize small size and weight (especially to offset the weight of the K20D!). The 77 is significantly heavier (heck the 70 feels lighter than my plastic FA35 f/2).
i tried the DA70 in a store and was surprised at the light weight. however, it's not much smaller than the FA77. when the DA70 has its hood on, it's almost as tall as the FA77. and the FA77 is not exactly heavy in anyways.

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well the FA77 when compare to other brand lens, it is really small already. DA70 will be great for travel kit I really like the DA70 is that it has the quick shift focus
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QuoteOriginally posted by vizjerei Quote
well the FA77 when compare to other brand lens, it is really small already. DA70 will be great for travel kit I really like the DA70 is that it has the quick shift focus
I'll be bringing my DA70 on Sunday, if you wanted to compare the two...
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Does anyone know how the 77 AF compares to the 31 AF (which I am familiar with)?
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Does anyone know how the 77 AF compares to the 31 AF (which I am familiar with)?
FA31 focuses a lot faster because it has a very short barrel turn from minimum to infinity

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FA31 focuses a lot faster because it has a very short barrel turn from minimum to infinity
Man, this makes the decision tough. I have a 31 which I often use at 1.8. Therefore, I think I would miss the speed if I went with a 70. However, the majority of my pictures are of the kids which translates to slow AF as being an issue.
I could continue to use the 31 and limit myself to 2.4 (which many feel is more realistically 2.8 on the 70) and see how I miss the speed (but compromise the current photos). Perhaps the better answer is to simply change to the 31 when in low light (and use my feet as the "zoom"). Aaaarrgh....this slow AF might be the deal breaker...
Thx for the feedback.
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