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12-01-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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DA 50-200 or F 80-200?

Hi everybody,
just out of curiosity, if these two were side by side, used, in good condition and for the same price, what would be your pick and why?

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Hi everybody,
just out of curiosity, if these two were side by side, used, in good condition and for the same price, what would be your pick and why?
The da 50-200 is small enough to carry in a good sized shirt pocket. an extremely light weight convenient lense which is very welcome unless you have a 'camera caddy' to carry your lenses around for you when you go on a shoot.
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I agree with rvannatta- The DA 50-200 is small, light, and a good lens.

Given your conditions, I would choose the DA 50-200. some people don't think it's all that good of a lens, but I bought a used copy myself and couldn't have been happier. It cured a nagging desire for a DA* 50-135 when I realized that I don't use a tele that much, and the times I do the 50-200 works just great.
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I don't know anything on F 80-200 but I can agree with other comments on DA 50-200 f/4.5-5.6. I have bought this lens twice and have sold it in cutting my lens down. You will find lens in that range with better IQ and sharpness. But for the price of used DA 50-200 for about $90 to $120, you can't beat that price and the quality of pictures that you get. The best about this lens is on its small size, lightweight, and compactness, I call it the best value zoom and it shines especially in good lighting and traveling light. If you have a good wide angle prime as in DA 40 or DA 18-55, you can consider it the best lightweight combo as a pair of 2 lens for traveling light. The IQ in good lighting condition can rival those twice the price. The range in 50mm to 90mm is especially good for portraits in good lighting and that alone will beat the range of 80-200.

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ok, i'll take the liberty to extend the original question a bit..

i would like some telephoto reach (currently, my longest lens stops at 58mm, Helios 44M), so i'm in dilemma. should i get a DA 50-200, or FA-J 75-300?

DA 50-200 pros: nice IQ, compact, cheap, good telephoto reach
DA 50-200 cons: vignetting on film bodies

FA-J 75-300 pros: better telephoto reach, even cheaper than DA, full-frame coverage for film bodies
FA-J 75-300 cons: plastic mount, supposedly mediocre IQ

i'm well aware neither won't work on my MX (aperture stuck fully closed and no aperture ring), but both P5 and K100D can work nicely with both lenses, so i can live with that fact. FA-J's telephoto reach is really nice on digital body, but i'm not sure do i really need 450mm lens?
any suggestions?
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If i could find a nice cheap DA50-200mm I'd consider getting it ... jsut for a fun lens.
I have seen some amazing images from the 50-200 ... and for it's price/size it is excellent.

I have the FA-J 75-300mm ... and I am lucky ... I have a good copy at least. It takes nice images and Im pretty happy with it.

Although if i had the choice I'd go the Tamron 70-300mm Macro would be my choice though .. it has better IQ and 1:2 macro ability as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mechan1k Quote
Although if i had the choice I'd go the Tamron 70-300mm Macro would be my choice though .. it has better IQ and 1:2 macro ability as well.
FWIW, I have the Quantaray-branded version of that same lens, and don't find it's IQ superior to the 50-200 at all. Not necessarily worse either - just not better. Sure, sometimes I wish my 50-200 were longer, it's easy enough to crop a picture taken at 200mm, but no amount of cropping will allow a 70-300 to cover the very useful (think portraits) 50-70 range. And as for macro, a $40 Raynox 150 turns the 50-200 into a far more powerful macro lens than the 70-300 (better than 1:1, in fact; *way* better than 1:1 if you get the equally inexpensive Raynox 250). Through in the considerably smaller size / less weight of the 50-200, and to me the choice is clear.
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I was meaning it is superior compared to the FA-J 75-300mm that was mentioned in the post above mine ... that's all.

But I did mention i am happy with my FA-J 75-300 anyway ... although i wouldn't mind getting a 50-200mm just for the hell of it. Plus I wouldn't mind getting the Raynox 250 either (but they are nowhere near $40 landed here in Australia ... they are 3 times that much for the cheapest one).

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