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01-14-2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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FA 80-320mm - I think I'll keep it

I don't use my FA 80-320mm very often and I have even been thinking of selling it. I have even gone so far as to take some product shots of the lens. Before putting the lens up for sale, I thought I should take a few shots with the FA 80-320mm in case I'm asked for an example of shots taken with the lens. Well, here are some of the shots I got as examples - I like them so much, that now I am not going to sell the!

All these shots were taken with K20D at 320mm. What do you think, is the FA 80-320mm worth keeping?








Product shot of FA 80-320mm - sorry, not for sale.





01-14-2009, 10:16 AM   #2
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To me personally, the pictures do look like they're coming form "a keeper". Great colours and sharpness, and mild bokeh. I would at least keep it around a little longer to take some more shots, that's for sure.
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That appears to be a keeper in my eyes. The colors are incredibly vibrant and rich!
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I don't know, looks terribly soft and under exposed. I'll give you $50 for it.


Seriously, in your sig tag I don't see anything else long. And, even-though the 320 is slow at that length what could you replace it with that would be any better at all, for short money? Nothing. I'd keep it, unless I had no use for the focal length.

I'll give you $80 for it.

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Trade for a Like New silver one?

For a long zoom, it's not bad at all. Very compact when fully pulled in...you don't need a special space in the bag like for an f/2.8 zoom. It's resonably fast, as well. Semi-soft wide open, but that's expected
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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
I don't use my FA 80-320mm very often and I have even been thinking of selling it. I have even gone so far as to take some product shots of the lens. Before putting the lens up for sale, I thought I should take a few shots with the FA 80-320mm in case I'm asked for an example of shots taken with the lens. Well, here are some of the shots I got as examples - I like them so much, that now I am not going to sell
Ah! That's advice I try give my friends when they are thinking about selling a lens.. go take some best pics you can with it to showcase the lens, then see if you still wanna sell it....

I like it, I like the colors and contrast of what I've seen so far. I know that there are also some duds of this lens out there as well, so I'd keep it until you find something you like even more or you eventually get a 60-250 if they ever show up!

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I think the FA 80-320 is one of the better telezooms Pentax has sold. I'm keeping mine until I'm convinced I have something better. And the black one IS handsome.
01-14-2009, 01:34 PM   #8
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Great lens, but the lack of a hood really turned me away.

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Beautiful color in those pics..... smart to keep it a while and get out and shoot with it.
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What's not to like about this lens?

Here's my 80-320 at work. This is what I see from my office window every Fall and Winter.

Image made on Provia 400 slide film, MZ-S camera, F8 aperture.


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Thanks for all the comments. I think I will keep the FA 80-320 until something I like better comes along. I had not used the lens much, and that's what made me think of selling it. Now that I used it again, I like the colors and I will try to use it more often.

I like augustmoon's suggestion. I'll wait until the 60-250 comes out (if ever) and then decide what I want to do.
Frank
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