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04-16-2017, 06:43 PM   #1
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DA 200 f/2.8 Vs FA 200 f/2.8

Has anyone tried the DA 200 f/2.8 on the K-1 as well as the FA 200 f/2.8? I am looking for a prime in this focal length and any input will be invaluable - They are both about the same price used.

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They're both really similar optically, I'd probably opt for the DA* for the silent AF and quick shift AF. But, IMO, the lens is due for a refresh due to issues with aberrations that stem from the film era.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sumitkar1971 Quote
Has anyone tried the DA 200 f/2.8 on the K-1 as well as the FA 200 f/2.8
I long contemplated on this and asked around the forum earlier and here is what I got from the forum members. I eventually bought it for 1.It being a WR, 2.Has silent/fast AF on K-1, 3.Lighter/compact, and 4.has no vignetting on K-1 whatsoever.
Having actually used it I found it to be a resolution monster. PF cannot be ignored but isn't something that cannot be PP given the resolution and reach it offers on K-1. Shots are very clean and delicious. I did not bother with the FA* as it did not offer WR and wasn't any cheaper than the DA* (possibly same or very similar optical formula like what @Adam already stated).

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