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01-16-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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FA* 300mm/2.8 vs DA* 300mm/4, how does it compare?

Apart from the f2.8 vs f4, care to share your opinions/facts between the IQ of this two lenses ???


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My FA*300 f2.8 was not as sharp as my DA300 even at f4 with the DA wide open. It didn't sharpen up even stopped down, but it was obviously not a good copy.
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I did play with both for a few shots today and so far my opinion is this:

I cannot tell them apart in terms of sharpness. If I were to look at 100% for a few minutes, I would say the DA* is 0.2% sharper.. as in you will never notice it in print at any size.

The FA* is cooler or the DA* is warmer for colors depending on how you look at it.

The FA* does love to PF compared to the DA* which has nearly zero that I could see.

In my quick test opinion, so far there is no real advantage to the FA* over the DA* unless you must have the 2.8 as I must. (I work as a photojournalist and product photographer - fulltime working pro)

I will try to compare with photos as soon as I have some time. I will post my results when I do. Today was just a five minute quick look just to get an idea. This is not my final word or opinion.
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Albert, the difference might be even more for someone wanting to use TC's with theirs, especially the 1.7X or the 2X versions. I wonder whether you believe in TC's, and if so, mind posting some comaprision shots with those.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Albert Siegel Quote
In my quick test opinion, so far there is no real advantage to the FA* over the DA* unless you must have the 2.8 as I must.
The FA* has faster AF and focal limiter (which again speeds up the AF-speed)

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