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Pentax FA* 80-200 2.8 for $999
Posted By: johndny, 08-26-2015, 09:53 AM

A Pentax FA* 80-200 in good condition is listed on ebay with a BIN price of $999, which seems to be below the average selling price for this lens according to the lens reviews here.
Superb SMC Pentax FA FA 80 200 2 8 80 200mm F 2 8 F2 8 1 2 8 If Ed Lens w Hood 0027075036734 | eBay

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08-27-2015, 11:59 AM   #16
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Ugh, I am trying hard to resist the urge to buy this lens. I have a Sigma 70-200 II whose AF speed I've been rather disappointed by as of late and this would be a nice FF-compatible upgrade if its AF is decent...

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I have a copy of the 80-200 at the house right now. I can tell you it's reasonably fast but I have never shot your lens so I can't tell you if it is faster or slower.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zbrueningsen Quote
The 50-135 is super slow on AF. Image quality I think you probably gain because you have more reach. AF speed you will certainly upgrade. But I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Tamron 70-200 as an upgrade to the 50-135. I've wanted the 50-135 for a long time, shot with in a portrait shoot, and liked my pics better from the Tamron than I did the 50-135. The 50-135 does well on the short end, but on the long end if you want bang on shot LV is the best way to get it, and that is even slower. But it is a very light weight portrait lens and excellent at that and has wonderful character. However, all these 70-200, 80-200 2.8 lenses are truly the real deal. You just gain a lot of weight acquiring and using them.

Thanks. I really like the 50-135. The AF is not in sports territory for sure. And the weight of the FA* is something to think about, as that's one of the things I really like about my recently acquired FA* 300 f4.5, it being rather light. Then again, I rate the FA* construction higher than the DA*. Really curious as to the DFA*, but that is more than I wanted to spend on a single lens.

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