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10-26-2008, 04:29 PM   #1
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DA, DA*, FA, D .... whaaaat?!?!

can someone please tell me what all those letters mean on the lenses? hehe

example, i'm looking at FA-50mm 1.4 is cheaper than D FA 50mm 2.8 ... but what's the difference?

10-26-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by impete82 Quote
can someone please tell me what all those letters mean on the lenses? hehe

example, i'm looking at FA-50mm 1.4 is cheaper than D FA 50mm 2.8 ... but what's the difference?
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Also the D FA 50mm f2.8 is a macro lens and the 50mm f1.4 is not.

The DA* are "professional grade" lenses with weather sealing.
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well there ya go ... thanks

10-26-2008, 05:50 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by impete82 Quote
example, i'm looking at FA-50mm 1.4 is cheaper than D FA 50mm 2.8 ... but what's the difference?
The fact that the DFA 50/2.8 is a macro lens is why it is more expensive, not any difference in FA versus DA versus DFA.
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DA - Digital only
FA - Full frame, fully compatible with digital
D FA - Full frame, 'optimized for digital' design (claimed, at least)
FA J - Full frame lenses without aperture ring, 'FA/DA hybrid', in general cheap lenses.

(In which "full frame" is equal to "compatible with film cameras.)
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