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Old Mar 1, 2008, 7:05 PM   #1
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These are the first couple of shots of DA*200mmF2.8 as taken and uploaded by my daugher in DC. Just simple resizing with zero pp.
















The last two were wide open. Can't wait to try out this lens myself.



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p.s. her comment is that the combination is heavy for her with K100Super given she is essentially a P&S person. The image is a lot sharper than from her regular lens , a Sigma 16-50mmF2.8 EX. macro. Well that is expected.
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Old Mar 1, 2008, 9:45 PM   #2
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Oh, wow! Those are really nice pictures, the lens looks very sharp. You aren't helping my LBA - this is a lens I thought I might like, but it's not really practical for me. I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures with it.
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Wow, really impressive for wide open. Thanks for sharing these, looking forward to seeing pics from you also.

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Looks very promising. I'm impatiently waiting to see what you can do with that lens!

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Old Mar 2, 2008, 3:16 AM   #5
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bilybianca wrote:
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Looks very promising. I'm impatiently waiting to see what you can do with that lens!

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Kjell, Tim, Harriet,

Thanks for taking time to comment. Likely another long wait after the futile one for the Tamron 70-200mm. I will be in HK later this month and both I and my daughter have busy work schedule .
I will push my daughter to use this prime lens more by zooming with her feet in addition to her Sigma zoom 16-50mm F2.8. Hope she can benefit from using this heavy lens DA200mm

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Old Mar 2, 2008, 4:46 AM   #6
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Hi Daniel,

These look really good. It looks to be very sharp, and the bokeh looks very soft with no harsh transitions.

I think that you're going to like it -- at under 2 lbs, it'll be a lot easier to handle than the Sigma 70-200/2.8 at 3 lbs.

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Old Mar 2, 2008, 6:59 AM   #7
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Hi Daniel,

These look really good. It looks to be very sharp, and the bokeh looks very soft with no harsh transitions.

I think that you're going to like it -- at under 2 lbs, it'll be a lot easier to handle than the Sigma 70-200/2.8 at 3 lbs.

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I guess so.
The Pentax China site will be doing a major comparison of the 3 *200mms including the A*200mm you have. What lens config it has? Now it is proven that the FA* & DA* are of the same. The comparison shootout will be interesting

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i agree,, VERY nice wide open.... hmmmm,what do i do with my M and viv 200mm???
if she's smart, that lens will never get into your hands!!!:blah:

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Hi Daniel,

The A* 200 is not an internal focusing design and has 6 elements in 6 groups. It does have at least 1 ED element though.

The FA* and DA* are internal focusing with 8 elements in 9 groups (probably the extra elements/groups were necessary to make it IF).

I've never tried either of the AF models, but they are rated about the same as the A*, which is by quite a margin the sharpest lens that I have that covers that FL (and I've got a surprising number of lenses that cover 200mm).

The DA* also has 9 aperture blades which partially explains the nice bokeh we saw in the test shots. It should give you nice round OOF highlights.

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The Pentax China site will be doing a major comparison of the 3 *200mms including the A*200mm you have.

I hope you'll provide us with a link and a brief summary for those of us who are still struggeling with our Chinese.

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