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09-14-2018, 10:54 AM   #1
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Is an FA* 200 f/2,8 worth it?

So I've been considering getting an FA* prime 200 f/2.8 to add to my collection and I'm seeing a lot of these pop up on eBay for $550 and up. I'm wondering if it's worth it (I've read teh reviews and it seems like a great lens from them).

I tend to shoot In the following arenas mostly (landscape, night landscape/Astrophotography, Architecture, Macro, and occasional sports stuff) I don't shoot professionally, and I've got the current gear:

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  • Pentax D FA HD 28-105
  • Sigma 50-500
  • Phoenix 100-400
  • Pentax FA 100-300 (going to be selling this as the 100-400 is better IQ)
  • Tamron 28-300 (travel lens primarily)
  • Vivitar/Pentax/Cosina/etc... 100mm f/3.5 Macro (soon to be replaced with a 100 f/2.8 WR macro)
  • Pentax FA-J 18-35
  • Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
  • Pentax FA 50 1.7
  • Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro
  • Takumar 200 f/4 Screw mount
  • Pentax 135 f/2,5


As you can see I've only got one or two pieces of good glass (the 28-105 and the "Bigma"). I'd really like a pro quality lens or two and was thinking the FA* 200 would fit the bill.

I'd use it for all around shooting as well as deeper astrophotography (mounted on my Losmandy G-11 for astroimaging)

What is the max I should pay for one of these?

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I think the FA* 200 is a very nice prime but the Da* 200 would be a more modern possibility (they go for around the same price I think).
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Agreed, I would go for the DA* instead. Price wise it should be close to a used FA*.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Agreed, I would go for the DA* instead.
Is the DA*200 Full Frame compatible? K-1 Compatible as the OP owns?

I have the FA*200mm, it is a superb lens used with my K-1, and its bonus feature is an aperture ring which is a must to use with my Pentax Film cameras.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Moe49 Quote
Is the DA*200 Full Frame compatible? K-1 Compatible as the OP owns?

I have the FA*200mm, it is a superb lens, and its bonus feature is an aperture ring which is a must to use with my Pentax Film cameras.
Yes - and there is a correction profile in the K-1 for shooting Jpgs with corrections enabled in FF mode. The DA* 200 and DA* 300 are both like that - labeled DA* but useable FF and corrections supplied in the camera for FF use.
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Is the DA*200 Full Frame compatible? K-1 Compatible as the OP owns?

I have the FA*200mm, it is a superb lens, and its bonus feature is an aperture ring which is a must to use with my Pentax Film cameras.
Yes the DA* is FF compatible with the K-1. What started me on this journey, is that I saw one on eBay that had a starting price of $10.00 it's now at something like $460 when I checked this morning. So I thouhgt I'd check here and see if it was worth chasing when I found several others in the $550+ range.

I hadn't considered the DA* 200 f/2.8 as I thought they would be much more expensive. I've seen a few in the $600+ range, and a couple on KEH and Amazon in the range I'm considering.

So now the question is, how badly do I want it. and given my current gear, do I need it?
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The FA*200 is a great lens. But when I was in your position, I was surprised it was selling for roughly the same price as the DA*200, so I ended up with the DA*, and it is nothing short of amazing...

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Ditto, I paid for my quiet (SDM), water resistant DA*200 close to what was being asked for FA*200s. There's just no logical explanation for this apart from people must be paying it. Same with the DA*300. We looked for a long time for the FA*300 ƒ4.5, but given that it's a noisey screw drive, not WR and slower, we'd have to give up all that to save 50 bucks or something.

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DA* all the way. They are going cheap these days. I don't see any motivation to buy FA* given they are similarly priced. The WR on the DA* itself is a big deal for me aside from IQ.
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I have the DA* 200mm, and I love it. I shoot APS-C, with this lens on both the K-5IIs mainly (sometimes with battery grip), and the KP (often with battery grip). I also have the FA 300mm f/4.5 which I also love, and I find its screw-driven AF to be especially fast and accurate, noticeably faster than the SDM of my DA* 200mm.

I also have the DA* 50-135mm SDM, sometimes paired with the DA* 200mm which I find having slower AF between the two. Since both are SDM from the same time period, I don't know why the zoom lens should have faster AF. The WR factor is a very good feature. Of course, conversion to screw-driven can be done.

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