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DA* 300mm F4 4150.62%
FA* 200mm F4 Macro 4049.38%
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10-25-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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Lens Tournament: DA* 300mm F4 vs FA* 200mm F4 Macro

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the knockout round of the Greatest Pentax Lens Tournament! The rules are simple: Two lenses enter. You must choose one. The winner moves to Knockout Round Two. The loser is gone. Check out the bracket here, which is based on the user nomination results.

In this telephoto knockout match, and the third match of round 2, the SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 faces the SMC Pentax-FA* 200mm F4 Macro.

Make your choice by voting in the poll above. You will need to log in or register if you don't yet have a forum account.
Feel free to argue, persuade, and generally carry on after that. Voting will be open for exactly 24 hours.

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10-25-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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While the A* 200mm struggled, the FA* 200mm held its ground in the previous round, and I'm confident that it will do well here too. After all, it was the only lens from the lower 4 seeds to make it through round 1.

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10-25-2014, 02:42 PM   #3
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The FA* 200/4 ED IF is Pentax best lens ever. PERIOD!
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That would make the A*200/4 second best ....... apparently not according to the 'Best Ever Lens contest' [insert sobbing and wailing]

In fact I would have liked a match up between the two macros - never mind.

Anyway, on form, I must and can only vote for the FA*200/4 - however, if the 300mm competition was the F*200/4.5 then I might ponder a little longer in my deliberations.

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I expect the FA* will win this, but I never cease to be amazed at how good my DA*300 is. Not just for wildlife either.











And on the Q:

10-25-2014, 04:11 PM   #6
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I wish I had experience with either of those two lenses. Heck, I wish I had just one of them. May the best lens win.
10-25-2014, 04:19 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
I wish I had experience with either of those two lenses. Heck, I wish I had just one of them. May the best lens win.
I think that's part of the problem with this matchup. Very few people have had, or seen photos from, the FA*200 Macro. There seem to be so few ever made in manual or AF... I think even the 250-600 is more common!

So, I guess it's a contest between "which has a more mythical status" for which the FA wins handily.
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I can't get into the competitive tournament thing--it just doesn't sit right and this is a good example of why. I've owned and shot with both of these lenses and-while it's true that I sold the DA *300/4--I found it it exceptionally good and quite versatile (and has been made more so, it seems, with the advent of the new Pentax1.4x TC.) On the other hand, the FA*200 macro is justifiably legendary and more versatile than one might think given its macro credentials. Also, while the sheer stunning excellence of the 200 is undeniable, I think it's fair to factor in the role of the 300 in making very high quality telephoto capabilities reasonably available to Pentax shooters with, shall we say, "fairly shallow pockets." So, see, I can't vote one over the other--just can't.

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Exactly! Keeping in mind that this is a fun event, it is very hard to evaluate lenses you've never, seen or used. I'm in no way trying to criticize this event but that is a weakness of it. So be it. My congratulations to the organizers of it. It still will be fun to see how it all shakes out.
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AFAIC, the discussion and commentary is what's interesting--not the vote tallies.
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QuoteOriginally posted by panoguy Quote
I think that's part of the problem with this matchup. Very few people have had, or seen photos from, the FA*200 Macro. There seem to be so few ever made in manual or AF... I think even the 250-600 is more common!

So, I guess it's a contest between "which has a more mythical status" for which the FA wins handily.
Heres a sample of the FA* 200 Macro:




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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
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In this short telephoto knockout match, and the third match of round 2, the SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited faces the SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR Macro

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typo in the original post
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O crap. This are my two lenses I nominated. Now what shall I do? Since the FA* is a unicorn (in this time) and is near impossible to get hands on this lens I will go with the DA*.
Both lenses are stars and the winners for me.
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Wow, the DA* 300 beat the FA* 200 Macro by a single vote! I don't think any of the other match-ups are gonna be that close. Looks like being attainable counts for plenty, too


There go the worries of having to procure an FA* 200 Macro for the give-away
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A travesty, I should have voted twice.
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