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11-20-2016, 08:54 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by shardulm Quote
please post unprocessed images if you have any. or please point me too an existing set. Been through the reviews and looks it got a bad rap for pf.


I am one of the Bad Rappers! I actually had a member contact me and tell me to change my review! But I stand by it and should revise it to mention the crappy focus and clink at both stop ranges if you manually focus it.


I took it on a local Safari and here's how it performed. Many pictures out of focus. I particularly shot a lot of pictures of the birds on the three limb. the dappled sunlight coming threw was absolutely beautiful. Even though I tried different settings, I was unable to capture it without blown highlights. This is where the purple fringing comes into play. Anything you shoot that has contrast against a light sky or white background and you will notice it.


I would buy the zoom or start looking at other brands. The auto focus only focuses intermittently, so you would probably miss your wildlife shot. I am only using Zeiss lenses now, sure its manual focus but the build and image quality are second to none.


The DA* has been a thousand dollar disappointment, and if this steams anyone under the collar, send me a grand and I would gladly send you this lens. It's like new only used a few times.

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I would buy this.
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11-20-2016, 03:40 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by JimBrennan Quote
I took it on a local Safari and here's how it performed. Many pictures out of focus. I particularly shot a lot of pictures of the birds on the three limb. the dappled sunlight coming threw was absolutely beautiful. Even though I tried different settings, I was unable to capture it without blown highlights. This is where the purple fringing comes into play. Anything you shoot that has contrast against a light sky or white background and you will notice it.
If the lens has a weakness it is indeed how it handles highlights but dialling in a -1/3 or -2/3 EV easily helps that. AF is perfect for me, not fast but not slow either, and certainly accurate.

Your photos look nothing like the other examples posted here, including my own. I can't help but think that there is something wrong with your copy.
11-20-2016, 08:01 PM   #18
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Well, I am glad someone else see's my point. Maybe, I will contact customer service, tell them of my dissatisfaction, and see what they say.
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Had 200 and 300 SDm on K5 and K3. A zoom was missing for me between 100-200, so I got the 70-200/2.8 beast. the zomm does everything I want and made the 200 SDM obsolete.
If you are only looking at the long end of the zoom, go for the 200/2.8 by itself, much lighter and less cost. If zoom action is important plus all the nice gimmicks, the zoom is there for you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
This is really a subjective thing.
For me, the only reasons to go with the 200mm is weight/size and cost. However, the 200mm is MUCH smaller and MUCH less expensive.

For me, 70-200mm is a very useful focal length. And the IQ is also better with the zoom. If you can afford it and can tolerate the size, i would choose the zoom.
If you can't, get the DA 200mm, which is still a fine lens and enjoy

One thing, if you have never handled a full frame 70-200mm, i would strongly suggest renting one for a week and shooting the heck out of it. Some people just do not enjoy handling a lens that large.
I have the Tamron version of the 70-200, which is plenty sharp, and the screw drive AF is plenty fast and quiet on the K1. The price of that zoom is about the same as the DA*200.

However, you make a very good point about carrying the lens around. It seems huge compared to just about anything under 400mm. If the light is good, the little old M 200/4 sometimes starts to look like an attractive alternative to a sore shoulder.
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