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12-19-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
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645Z Lenses.

I would greatly appreciate some advise on telephotos lenses that don't cost a fortune.

I'm travelling to South Africa at the end of next month and wanted to purchase a good quality telephoto/medium lens.

I'm researching the smc FA 645 80-160mm f/4.5 and the smc FA 645 200mm f/4 IF is looking like a good option at the price.

Would anyone from experience recommend any of these lens?

Thank you.


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12-19-2014, 03:24 PM   #2
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Jeff, if you go to the lens reviews above there is a wealth of great information. From my experience you won't want both but the 80-160 is a good all round lens. I have the 200A but other than a few test shots it hasn't been on the camera. If you're going to be out shooting wildlife even the 400 is going to be a bit short I htink although Andy Biggs is a wildlife shooter and he might disagree.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jefflocke Quote
I would greatly appreciate some advise on telephotos lenses that don't cost a fortune.

I'm travelling to South Africa at the end of next month and wanted to purchase a good quality telephoto/medium lens.

I'm researching the smc FA 645 80-160mm f/4.5 and the smc FA 645 200mm f/4 IF is looking like a good option at the price.

Would anyone from experience recommend any of these lens?

Thank you.
I was lucky to find a used FA 645 80-160 at Adorama while my Z was on order back in July. It renders nicely, highly recommended. You can find reviews of most Pentax lenses here (scroll down for the 645s): Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database Since the release of the Z, used prices have gone up and the good lenses have become scarce. If you're in the US, your best bets for used lenses are KEH, and the used sections of Adorama and B&H. Good luck.
12-19-2014, 10:26 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jefflocke Quote
I'm travelling to South Africa at the end of next month and wanted to purchase a good quality telephoto/medium lens.
Jeff,
I agree with Gareth, that even the 200 is very often to short for african wildlife. You should factor in the crop factor you have to apply to the system/lenses you used so far. check the lens review section, it will tell you also the crop factor. I used the FA200 for giraffes and elephants, but most of the times I had to use my full format Canon. (I have not owned the FA 400 when I was in Africa). As usual the lens selection depends on your style of shooting, the location and the type of animals you want to take pictures of. It is hard to recommend anything without having this information.

For wildlife I use the FA200, sometimes the FA150, but most often the FA400. Price/performance of the FA200 is really good and it is a very light, easy to carry lens. In Europe it sells for very little money on the used market. The FA400 is a rare lens on the used market, at least in europe. You can get it easily from Japan.

in following post

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/48-pentax-medium-format/280282-questions-...ographers.html

we discussed some lenses for wildlife.

12-19-2014, 10:34 PM   #5
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Personally I would recommend the Pentax 645 FA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) lens - but it can be tricky to find, and it tends to be rather expensive. A 200mm lens on the 645 simply won't cut it. 200mm lenses on 35mm or APS-C format don't cut it for a majority of wildlife. The 645 400mm f/5.6 ED [IF], as well as the 645 A* 600mm f/5.6 ED [IF] would be ideal - but as another poster above me mentioned, those two lenses are rather rare...and expensive.
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Excellent, thank you very much for the advice.

I did review the lens review section prior to sending out this thread, but only a handful of comments where added.

Again, thanks for the prompt reply.
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I have an excellent condition FA 300mm f/4 that I was going to put up for sale during my xmas holidays, if you are keen.

PM me if you like.

Scott
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If the OP does not respond, I might be interested in your 300 mm. Please PM me.

Ed

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