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DA* 200 2.8 informal test
Posted By: codiac2600, 02-23-2008, 06:45 PM

Yeah I got to play with the new one and took some snapshots outside work today Enjoy!

At 2.8


100% crop of bird


At f5.6


100% crop of bird


At f5.6


100% crop of bird


At f5.6


100% crop of bird


At f10


100% crop of bird


All of these are completely unprocessed just converted from RAW to jpeg and sharpness removed from ACR so this is totally unenhanced.
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02-24-2008, 07:13 AM   #16
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Very cool! You can't get play with all the fun toys!

The quality reminds of images from the 50-135. These DA* lenses have a certain character to them that I can't quite put a finger on. Razor sharp but with a beautiful, buttery softness and vibrancy.... it's a paradox I can't quite comprehend but still really enjoy.

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Woah! Sweeeet! Thank you so much for posting these Chris. I am very interested in this lens and now even more so.
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Waaaaay out of my league.
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Thanx Chris. I've been thinking I'd get by with my 125mm + 1.7x AF TC if I wanted that focal range (yes over a stop slower) but this makes me re-thing that idea. In the end I probably won't get this one, but we know what we'll be missing now.

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Great shots Chris. That lens produces nice contrast and colours. Thanks for giving us some samples.

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QuoteOriginally posted by codiac2600 Quote
Yeah I got to play with the new one and took some snapshots outside work today Enjoy!


All of these are completely unprocessed just converted from RAW to jpeg and sharpness removed from ACR so this is totally unenhanced.
Nice try but see, I know everything there is to now about photography because I read all the reviews on the internet and it is notorious that the DA200 suffers from a lot of LoCA and purple fringing so I know for a fact that you didn't use this lens for your pseudo-tests!

Come on, come clean! The DA*200 can't be that good... it is a mediocre lens... no?
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Hey, were these shot with the K10D?

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Chris, thanks for posting these photos. I agree with Hamid that these remind me quite a bit of the IQ of my DA* 50-135mm. I put this lens second on my LBA list when Pentax announced it; it's staying!
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All is well but I feel that your current model(s) are a little fat
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