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06-12-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Fa 135

Hi all not too long since getting my last lens and LBA is creeping up on me again.
And so I'd like to ask:
what is good price for FA135/2.8?

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06-12-2009, 01:24 AM   #2
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I think for a very good copie in 100% perfect technical and very good cosmetical condition a price of 300 Euro will be OK. I paid that a few month ago for my copy and for that price I will sell it again.

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are you actually considering selling it?
let me know

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They seem to be very hard to find

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Sorry, but its just sold to a friend.

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Axl, I had 2 of these actually. Both equal. I had the first one for awhile and liked the lens on film cameras, used it quite a bit but didn't like it as much on a digital body. I found it had some PF, not much but some. So when I got the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX I did some testing with both at 135mm. The Sigma performed better, Just as sharp, similar bokeh and no PF. So I sold the 135mm. I got a second one is a large group of Ebay stuff and repeated the tests. Same results.

So IMO I'd spend the money on a DA*50-135mm, a Sigma or Tamron 70-200mm. All are the same speed and the DA* is a stunningly good lens with the added benefit of SDM and WS.
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Peter,
thank you for the comparison.
I was thinking along the lines you are suggesting but price and size of those (50-135, 70-200) lenses are just too much. As a hobbyst without any (or very limited) income I simply can't justify spending half of my monthly salary on any lens (especialy with 2nd wdding and honeymoon looming upon us and my sister's wedding in 3 weeks and friends wedding in 3 months).
If I would be able to get a copy of F/FA 135/2.8 for around 250GBP that would be different story...
thank you anyway.

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Peter,
thank you for the comparison.
I was thinking along the lines you are suggesting but price and size of those (50-135, 70-200) lenses are just too much. As a hobbyst without any (or very limited) income I simply can't justify spending half of my monthly salary on any lens (especialy with 2nd wdding and honeymoon looming upon us and my sister's wedding in 3 weeks and friends wedding in 3 months).
If I would be able to get a copy of F/FA 135/2.8 for around 250GBP that would be different story...
thank you anyway.

BR
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Last week one went around that price on ebay... only for UK buyers as new/mint (Couldn't get it due to UK buyers only option )

Better stay around there more often

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Axl, well that's the going price for these when you can find one. I sold both of mine for around $450.00 USD. I'm not saying it's a bad lens, just no better than the earlier mentioned zooms and for a prime I was a little surprised. But maybe that just speaks more to the improved quality of some modern zoom options we now have.
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I really love my FA 135mm f/2.8 that I took the decision to sell off my DA* 50-135mm f/2.8. I found I tended to shoot the DA* around the 100-135mm focal length plus I already have the FA 77mm Limited. So when I looked at the FA 135mm, the very quick focusing, compact dimensions, light weight and good optical performance made letting go of the DA* pretty easy.
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The FA135/2.8 is just GREAT! Have from time to time thought about selling it...but after taking a few pictures with it..I just realize, I just cannot..

You can really take pictures on close range with this one too!
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Wow, very nice shot. I've thought about that as well (selling the 50-135) for a fleeting moment except that it's really handy to cover that range when you are out and about.

Cheers.

QuoteOriginally posted by Termik Quote
The FA135/2.8 is just GREAT! Have from time to time thought about selling it...but after taking a few pictures with it..I just realize, I just cannot..

You can really take pictures on close range with this one too!
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I agree with the others who say a zoom is at least as good IQ-wise (I have the FA135 and Sigma 70-200EX).

The big difference is that the prime is far smaller and that's why I took that lens with me to a wedding because it was much less intrusive.
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I also agree that the zooms can performs as well (better in terms of PF), I have both a DA* 50-135 and an F 135, but I'll keep both. it's hard to deny the benefit of the prime lens in terms of weight and size, much easier to carry around if all you need is 135mm. But then again, the zoom is quite useful for the IQ and flexibility in focal length.

That's why I'll keep both .
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