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06-10-2007, 02:17 AM   #1
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LBA: Fa* 80-200mm f2.8

I have acquired this lens about 1 month ago from Mike. However, I had snapped away just around the bedroom and got nothing concrete to comment on this lens.

Yesterday, I took this 1.6 kg beast for a walk in CBD. This lens really blew me away with its sharpness and bokeh. Especially the bokeh, it is just really creamy and beautiful.

I found the lens low contrast wide open at 200mm end, though still very sharp. It is very resistant to flare and fringeing. I personally felt that this lens is sharper than canon 70-200mm f2.8L which is already sharper than its IS counterpart in pixel peeping. canon 200mm f2.8L is also not that impressive comparing to Fa 80-200 f2.8

The only problem with this lens is slow AF and its heavy weight. Light weight is a stigmata associated with pentax. Sure this lens is so heavy that reminds me of my old days carrying these canon stuff. A lens that require several months of weight training to carry at ease. Slow AF is something I already expected from this lens but for its image quality, I think it is reasonable to accept a few missed shots.

2 hour work out of this lens shooting the diverse street life of Melbourne CBD.

1/60s f/3.2 at 200.0mm iso320 full exif



1/800s f/3.5 at 200.0mm iso200 full exif



1/200s f/4.5 at 200.0mm iso200 full exif



1/30s f/3.5 at 200.0mm iso320 full exif




Warm up for some still motion ...

1/160s f/3.5 at 200.0mm iso200 full exif



Fasionable lady

1/200s f/4.5 at 200.0mm iso200 full exif



Monk Lady

1/3200s f/4.5 at 200.0mm iso160 full exif




I still like 31 ltd or 77 ltd in terms of image quality but this zoom is certainly superior purchase...

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Oooh, verrrry nice... still cut I was too late on the Sigma 70-200... lol, oh well.
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Yup, the FA* 80-200mm still amazes me as well. Just like you suggested in my original thread, I took it along with me for my trip, and it's proved to be my most used lens, delivering the best photos overall. AF speed in the tele range is above average, but I agree that it gets slow if you switch between close-ups and teles. A limiter would be very nice, like on the 300mm.

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06-10-2007, 05:41 AM   #4
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Thanks to Mike for this wonderful gift!

QuoteOriginally posted by SupremeMoFo Quote
Oooh, verrrry nice... still cut I was too late on the Sigma 70-200... lol, oh well.
Pentax should hurry up getting these Da* zooms out. K10d has been hanging around for some time; most people I know always dream to get a bright zoom along with their first DSLR. Pity that pentax is not able to make produce its own fast zooms quicker enough to meet the demands ...

QuoteOriginally posted by Mo Quote
Yup, the FA* 80-200mm still amazes me as well. Just like you suggested in my original thread, I took it along with me for my trip, and it's proved to be my most used lens, delivering the best photos overall. AF speed in the tele range is above average, but I agree that it gets slow if you switch between close-ups and teles. A limiter would be very nice, like on the 300mm.
Having a zoom is always handy during travel. A telephoto zoom is usually more useful during a trip as the photographer could crop out and select theme at their will doing abstract, photojournalism or even tight crop landscape.

Only few people like Darren M could go up to people's face taking these strangers photos with a Fa 31 ltd or sigma 24mm f1.8 ...

I am so furtunate to have this copy from Mike. The bokeh from this lens is really a winner - one of the prominent features from this lens

The bokeh



On object



On this guy



Autumn leaf here



Candid..




I doubt Da* 50-135 can really tempt me anymore ...

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aha, so you are the lucky recipient!

Excellent for you James!

I know it's heavy because of the power zoom motor, but there is no question that this lens can shine! It's such a versatile lens too. One of my best hummingbird pics was with this lens.

Look forward to more images!

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nice shots

Nice shots J.W., Thats a nice lens in capable hands! I won't even try to spell kaleidescope oops
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