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12-09-2008, 03:32 AM   #1
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DA*200 or FA*200?

Which one is better? Anybody tried both? Which one did you keep?

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Which one is better? Anybody tried both? Which one did you keep?
I've tried both, did a quick comparison. Both lenses are basically the same optically. I like the look of the FA one, especially its metal lens hood. But I really love the DA's weather sealed barrel and SDM. If I can only keep one of them, I'd keep the FA*200/2.8.



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How much difference in price is there between the two?
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Does the DA* vignette on film bodies? I know I have seen discussion about it but can't recall the answer. Thanks

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I found a review on Photozone.de. Is there a similar test of the Fa*200 as well somewhere?
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Does the DA* vignette on film bodies? I know I have seen discussion about it but can't recall the answer. Thanks
No, it doesn't. My friends used both this and the DA*300 on film body w/o any obvious vignetting problem

Optically these two lenses are probably the same, which means they cover the same image circle, and have the same pros (sharp, creamy bokeh, nice color) and cons (PF at high contrast area ...). But I do feel contrast by the DA*200 is slightly higher, so the pictures feel slightly sharper sometimes. It's a digital lens after all ...
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I found a review on Photozone.de. Is there a similar test of the Fa*200 as well somewhere?
There are a lot happy FA*200 owners, I don't think we need any more review to verify how good the lens is

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How much difference in price is there between the two?
Their retail prices are about the same (around 1000USD), but you can only buy the FA*200/2.8 secondhand nowadays at a slightly higher price than a brand new DA*200 due to its lack of availability

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Both lenses are basically the same optically. I like the look of the FA one, especially its metal lens hood. But I really love the DA's weather sealed barrel and SDM. If I can only keep one of them, I'd keep the FA*200/2.8.
Do I understand correctly that you prefer the lens with the better looks? I do not understand that; can you explain? There should be more advantages than that one alone... has it anything to do with the aperture ring that is absent on the DA? Or do you dislike the deeper colours you get from the DA?


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Yay, **drooling** nice shot.
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Do I understand correctly that you prefer the lens with the better looks? I do not understand that; can you explain? There should be more advantages than that one alone... has it anything to do with the aperture ring that is absent on the DA? Or do you dislike the deeper colours you get from the DA?

Yay, **drooling** nice shot.
Yes, I do like the outlook of the FA one better I prefer silver color for lenses (that's why I got the silver FA limiteds instead of black ones). Other factors are: FA*200 has better lens hood (the DA's hood is cheap plastic), better feel (slightly slimmer), push-pull AF/MF switch (I like it over the quick-shift on the DA one). These are all just personal preference, either one will be a great choice I think
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Their retail prices are about the same (around 1000USD), but you can only buy the FA*200/2.8 secondhand nowadays at a slightly higher price than a brand new DA*200 due to its lack of availability
That is what I thought, and given the fact that finding the FA is somewhat like hunting pygmy elephants in Antarctica, perhaps the deciding factor should be the DA being in stock at B&H.
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No, it doesn't. My friends used both this and the DA*300 on film body w/o any obvious vignetting problem
Thanks Frank; that's what I thought I had heard/read. I'm starting to shoot film again and now that I'm into the "gee I'd love to have..." phase of my LBA I am weighing my choices heavily on whether I can use them on the PZ-1 as well as the K20D. So if the DA* isn't going to be problematic then that means I don't need to get the pygmy elephant gun out of the closet.
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DA lenses lack an aperture ring (or, stated positively: have no more need of an externally adjustable and thus mechanically fragile diaphragm ring). I guess that is not a problem on the PZ-1 film camera? On my ZX-5n it surely would be, wouldn't it? And on a P30?
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