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08-25-2016, 03:07 AM   #1
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Anyone tried the DA* 200 f2.8 on K-1 ?

The title says it all. But what I really mean beyond just trying it, is can anyone give me a more detailed opinion of whether it performs well on the K-1. I'm happy to accept a little vignetting, and not good at wide apertures, but if the edges & corners are mushy at f5.6 up then that's not good. Any comparisons with zooms at the range would be very useful. The 70-200 is, I think, just too heavy, but how might it compare at 200 with the DA* on the K-1 ...?

Opinions, please, anyone ...

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Do not under any circumstances try the D FA* 70-200. You will never again want to put another lens on your camera. You'll be condemned to lug the monster around.

Judging by the images on the Pentax K-1 special site, the DA* 200 does just fine on FF, even wide open.
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Confirm....it does fine.
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The Sample Photo Search page here on PF yields a good number of samples:

Smc PENTAX-DA* 200mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM and PENTAX K-1 | Sample Photos for Pentax Cameras & Lenses - PentaxForums.com

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I sold my DA*200 before the K-1 was released. There was just too much chromatic aberration on my K-3. Sharp though, with nice bokeh, and very compact compared to the f/2.8 zooms.

I'm very happy with the DFA*70-200 though. Amazing lens.
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SMC Pentax-DA* 200mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
"Designed for APS-C but officially full-frame compatible per Ricoh. The Pentax K-1 includes full-frame correction profiles for this lens."

And also somewhere in this thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/54-pentax-lens-articles/31629-da-lenses-f...ts-thread.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by BarryE Quote
The title says it all. But what I really mean beyond just trying it, is can anyone give me a more detailed opinion of whether it performs well on the K-1. I'm happy to accept a little vignetting, and not good at wide apertures, but if the edges & corners are mushy at f5.6 up then that's not good. Any comparisons with zooms at the range would be very useful. The 70-200 is, I think, just too heavy, but how might it compare at 200 with the DA* on the K-1 ...?

Opinions, please, anyone ...

Thanks
Hi Barry,

I like the DA*200 2.8 much better on the K-1 than APS-C, the focus is snappier and the purple fringing is not really an issue.

The build and weight is how I hope all D-FA* primes will be. [I hope Ricoh is listening...]

Optically, it may have imperfections, but the majority of shots I have taken don't disappoint me in sharpness and OOF transitions.

Not properly tried the D-FA* 70-200 - though it seemed a lovely piece of glass when I handled it at a photo show - it was definitely a heavier class of lens.

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OP, do you already have the DA* 200mm? Because if you are saving up for a telephoto prime, you might want to think about the DA* 300mm f4. Costs only a little more and is not that much more heavy.
Now, the DFA zoom is big and heavy, true, but it looks like this is the trend in the high end lens world. And it certainly seems to produce sharp, very corrected images.

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OP, do you already have the DA* 200mm? Because if you are saving up for a telephoto prime, you might want to think about the DA* 300mm f4. Costs only a little more and is not that much more heavy.
Now, the DFA zoom is big and heavy, true, but it looks like this is the trend in the high end lens world. And it certainly seems to produce sharp, very corrected images.
Thanks for helping ... I have the dfa 100 macro and i was vaguely thinking that the 200 *might* be a more portable option with the 100. I'm still considering pulling the trigger on the k-1, but i don't think i'll enjoy the weight of the 70-200 both in overall weight and general handling. Thus the 200 & 100 combo was my idea ... I find a lot of my landscape shots are between 50 & 135 on my k-3. Which is making things tricky to work out an upgrade to ff. A high quality 70-200 at f4 would be ideal, for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by BarryE Quote
Thanks for helping ... I have the dfa 100 macro and i was vaguely thinking that the 200 *might* be a more portable option with the 100. I'm still considering pulling the trigger on the k-1, but i don't think i'll enjoy the weight of the 70-200 both in overall weight and general handling. Thus the 200 & 100 combo was my idea ... I find a lot of my landscape shots are between 50 & 135 on my k-3. Which is making things tricky to work out an upgrade to ff. A high quality 70-200 at f4 would be ideal, for me.
The DA* 60-250 may be the ticket for you then. The lens does vignette but a relatively simple modification to the rear baffle seems to remove that problem and the pictures people are posting look great.
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The DA* 60-250 may be the ticket for you then. The lens does vignette but a relatively simple modification to the rear baffle seems to remove that problem and the pictures people are posting look great.
That's an idea ...thanks. I'll look into it.
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I bought DA*200/2,8 one mount before, 799euro from our local distributor (ProLaika.sk)

- razor sharp from f2,8 (You must doing postproces in LR from RAW, because JPG from K-1 in no that good in 100% magnification)
- perfekt sharp from corner to corner at f2,8 also !
- CA is not issue, if you get some CA, LR help in one minute with correction
- weight is lovely for 200/2,8 lens (I hate my previous Sigma 70-200/2,8 EX DG HSM Macro II)
- I compared my DA*200/2,8 with very good copy Tamron AF SP 70-200/2,8 Di LD (IF) Macro and Tamron was worse (Pentax was better on f2,8 than Tamron on f3,2!)

some of my JPEGs from K-1 without postproces
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/imgp3714re.jpg
imgp3608re.jpg at ImageHosting.cz - Hosting pro tvoje fotky a obrazky
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/imgp3780re.jpg
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/imgp3783re.jpg

Pentax DA*200/2,8 vs Tamron 70-200/2,8
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/untitlbpb.jpg
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/untitlmlm.jpg

full size JPGs from K-1 in various situations and lights conditions from f2,8 to f16 and one pixel-shift shot
https://ulozto.sk/!LH3gZmtPK/pentax-da-200-2-8-on-k-1-rar

Pentax DA*200/2,8 SDM is "must have" lens on full frame Pentax K-1.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lennyl Quote
I bought DA*200/2,8 one mount before, 799euro from our local distributor (ProLaika.sk)

- razor sharp from f2,8 (You must doing postproces in LR from RAW, because JPG from K-1 in no that good in 100% magnification)
- perfekt sharp from corner to corner at f2,8 also !
- CA is not issue, if you get some CA, LR help in one minute with correction
- weight is lovely for 200/2,8 lens (I hate my previous Sigma 70-200/2,8 EX DG HSM Macro II)
- I compared my DA*200/2,8 with very good copy Tamron AF SP 70-200/2,8 Di LD (IF) Macro and Tamron was worse (Pentax was better on f2,8 than Tamron on f3,2!)

some of my JPEGs from K-1 without postproces
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/imgp3714re.jpg
imgp3608re.jpg at ImageHosting.cz - Hosting pro tvoje fotky a obrazky
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/imgp3780re.jpg
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/imgp3783re.jpg

Pentax DA*200/2,8 vs Tamron 70-200/2,8
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/untitlbpb.jpg
http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/untitlmlm.jpg

full size JPGs from K-1 in various situations and lights conditions from f2,8 to f16 and one pixel-shift shot
https://ulozto.sk/!LH3gZmtPK/pentax-da-200-2-8-on-k-1-rar

Pentax DA*200/2,8 SDM is "must have" lens on full frame Pentax K-1.
Many thanks. Against the Tamron these shots do show a big difference. I'm going to take the plunge to upgrade to a K-1 and the DA*200 does seem to offer an option to use with my D-FA rather than struggle with the heavy and probably awkward new D-FA 70-200. Thank you for taking the time to help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
SMC Pentax-DA* 200mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
"Designed for APS-C but officially full-frame compatible per Ricoh. The Pentax K-1 includes full-frame correction profiles for this lens."

And also somewhere in this thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/54-pentax-lens-articles/31629-da-lenses-f...ts-thread.html
The DA*200 f2.8 is an update of the FA* 200 F/2.8 (it's a full frame lens, despite the name). I still have mine, but I concur with Sandy, there's just too much longitudinal aberration.
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