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05-07-2014, 08:55 AM   #16
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Just as an experiment, I grabbed the DA 50-200, which I got along with the 18-55 as a pair for $80 to send my daughter off on a trip with one of my bodies but with a lens set that would suit as a travel set but odd not take my main (and much more expensive / heavier) glass

Optically the lens is pretty good at 200mm which surprised me, and handling wise, the light weight over the old metal and glass series 1 lens is great. Biggest complaint is focusing precision, which is not as finely controlled as a lens intended for manual focus, and the drag on the screw drive is not smooth, but it suggests a modern compact light weight tele zoom, or a really compact 200mm prime could be a way to go.

05-09-2014, 06:18 AM   #17
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I have to agree with the above posts that an old 200 is not the greatest on a Q, I used my ST 200 f4 for a while and was happy until I found a SMC F 80-200 for $50 on Ebay that was as good or better IQ and easier to handle, shorter, lighter less CA, and better IQ and you have the zoom if you need it. I sold the 200 and don't use my SMC M 135 f3.5 as often as I used to on the Q,
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