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06-18-2009, 07:13 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Buddha Jones Quote
Optically identical, c'mon Pentax, where is the rest of the FA* line-up in DA* clothing at? And while you are at it, can I have BIG GOLD PENTAX LETTERING on my lens hood!
Like the Da* 200mm macro . . .

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QuoteOriginally posted by bwield Quote
I think thats going to be its downfall...
To many other DA* arround it.
Its real advantage is that its 200mm but still 2.8.
I dare to say that if it was a 200mm 2.8 MACRO it would be very popular
It is very sharp, comparably small and almost a macro (you can focus very close with it)
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It is very sharp, comparably small and almost a macro (you can focus very close with it)
It still isn't a macro though and 1.2 M is still a distance. I have the Tamron 180mm f2.5 (SP 63B) that has the same minimum focusing distance. That distance would have to be cut to ~ 16-18 inches to get to 1:1.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
I have the Tamron 180mm f2.5 (SP 63B) that has the same minimum focusing distance. That distance would have to be cut to ~ 16-18 inches to get to 1:1.
Is that Tamron 180mm F2.5 a full blown macro lens?




Also some simple mundane cat images from some DA200mm shooter



http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=31656932


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06-19-2009, 08:41 AM   #35
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QuoteOriginally posted by danielchtong Quote
I hardly shoot that in infinity. This is the infinity at F5.6. Absolutely creamy


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What I'm considering is how this lens performs when trying to focus on something at infinity -- specifically when pointing to the stars! The 200mm F2.5 that I have exhibits purple fringing even when stopped down to F4, so I'm less than pleased when taking pictures of the night sky. Has anyone pointed this lens to the sky?

Here's a poorly guided example of what I mean:


With the CA correction features of the K7, I am considering the DA*200 lens as a future upgrade.
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QuoteOriginally posted by smigol Quote
Has anyone pointed this lens to the sky?

Here's a poorly guided example of what I mean:

Well if the sky has an interesting subject, I would not mind. Like a bird in flight
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QuoteOriginally posted by danielchtong Quote
Is that Tamron 180mm F2.5 a full blown macro lens?


Also some simple mundane cat images from some DA200mm shooter



Thanks for your image;fun in lining them up: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review


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The 63B Tamron is not a full blown macro. That was my point. It can close focus the same distance as the DA* 200. With exception of AF, there is nothing to justify having it and the DA* all though I like the DA*. I have considered selling the Tammy but it is also a collectors item.
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QuoteOriginally posted by danielchtong Quote
Well if the sky has an interesting subject, I would not mind. Like a bird in flight

Well said!

I'll continue to drool over others' pictures until I can afford the K7 & DA*200 combo.

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Danieltchong,

I have been looking at some of your work with the DA* 200mm for the past year and your work has made this lens very tempting for me.
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Maybe because DA*200mm is almost like a creamy bokeh generator and a perfect candid snapper of some in-your-face close-up, it has been actually glued to my main camera body. In fact during the last yr I have lamented the lack of use of another superfast FA135mm just because DA*200mm is around. Being a prime lens shooter, I always try to figure my field of view constantly when shooting.

BTW , It is a joy for any AF user snapping focus with FA135mm - still the fastest of all AF Pentax lenses.



QuoteOriginally posted by smigol Quote
Has anyone pointed this lens to the sky?
If you need a lens for infinity, go with other lenses of shorter focal length. It is the close subject with blurred out background that makes this lens stand out











QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
I have been looking at some of your work with the DA* 200mm for the past year and your work has made this lens very tempting for me.
Thanks Blue
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Re: DA*300 F4 with TC Pentax 1.4x: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

I think this fellow (Efraim of fellow Canadian) skips DA300mm as well and instead get the SDM TC 1.4x & DA*200mm. Best move if you can find the right TC. As I said it is tricky to id the right one


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If I am correct, I got the lens last March likely the 2nd or the 3rd lens in N Am. My daughter bought that in DC area and I told her to do a quick test with her K100D Super. It is a great paint brush at F4



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It is easily my favorite lens at the moment although it is not the most commonly used. I don't see this lens competing with either the 60-250 or the 300/4 because neither of them can produce the F2.8 bokeh I want/need. It is also a great compact size. Here is a size comparison picture I have posted here before with the Canon 70-200/2.8 and the pentax 16-50; 50-135; 200.



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I totally agree with what someone else said about getting this plus a TC instead of the 300/4 but I DO NOT recommend the Tamron to go with this. Get the Pentax 1.7 AF converter instead. The Tamron TC turns this into a brutally slow autofocus lens that hunts a lot. You're much better off shooting 340/4.5 with the Pentax TC than 280/4 with the Tamron

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I totally agree with Kunik. The DA*200 and 1.7X adapter combo focuses fast if you set it close to focus manually first. Good thing this lens has quickshift.
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Here's a shot close to infinity someone wanted. This is after sunset at ISO 1000 F2.8

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