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12-09-2009, 06:58 AM   #1
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Please explain the difference in these 2 lenses

...if you can!

FA 80-200mm

F 80-200mm

I happen to own both of these and was just checking the lens review section here when I noted the vast difference in the ratings.
Both are made of the same optical formula and same construction (that I can see), but have obvious exterior differences.
The FA version gets a '4' out of '10' rating yet the F version rates a '7.3'!
I will admit the 'F' version looks and feels better than the ugly duckling 'FA', but it's the same lens!

Maybe I'm hoping for too much from the discretionary reviews on the site.

12-09-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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The FA has a plastic mount. It kind of sets you up for a bad experience before you even look through the viewfinder.

I briefly had the A version, one of those A lenses that looks like an F. I gave it to my brother. Construction was extremely plastic. And like one review said, f4.7 at 80mm?
12-09-2009, 01:10 PM   #3
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Bear in mind there are only 4 reviews for one of them, and 3 for the other. This is an extremely small sample.
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