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Old May 21, 2006, 4:47 PM   #1
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Anyone shooting with this lens or have experience with it? I noticed a used one the other day at a camera shop and was tempted. Views positive or negative? Is there a better alternative to consider in this zoom range? Any sample shots?

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Old May 21, 2006, 5:37 PM   #2
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It gets good reviews on Stan's Pentax page http://stans-photography.info/

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Old May 21, 2006, 8:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link Kjell. Lens looks promising. Hopefully someone has one and can share their experiences.

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I don't have one, but I'm planning to get one in a month or two. I've perused the various forums for comparisons of the inexpensive zooms in the roughly 100-300mm range, and the Pentax FA 80-320 f4.5-5.6 seems to be well regarded and produce good shots. KEH has several for sale -- black and silver -- and when I get around to buying mine, I'll be sure to post some photos and share my impressions.

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Old May 22, 2006, 10:34 AM   #5
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I have used one owned by a friend, it is quite nice, fairly sharp and well made.I looked for one but found a very cheap FA 100-300mm f4.7-5.8 so I now have no need for one. Optically the 80-320 may be slightly better, mechanically it is quite a bit more solid with a metal mount (my 100-300 has plastic).

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Old Jun 13, 2006, 11:03 PM   #6
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I finally bought my FA 80-320 f4.5-5.6, so now I get to share it with you! (By the way, my deep thanks to Ira, Mike, Kjell, Boog, Gumnut, and others. Your discussions of this lens and others on the forum helped me make up my mind.)

Here it is, bought from KEH in EX+ condition. Came quickly, well-packed, very clean, and everything works. It's a LONG lens at 320mm!





I took it for its first real-life usage on a trip last week to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. All shots are handheld, *** JPG, in-camera settings of +1 Sharpening, 0 Saturation, and -1 Contrast.

First, two 100% crops, straight out of camera, with NO post-processing:

This one is at 1/640 sec, f10.0, 240mm, ISO 800:


This one is at 1/500 sec, f7.1, 320mm, ISO 400:


Now some real photos, all postprocessed like I usually do (crop/rotate/brightness/contrast/saturation/USM).

1/100 sec, f4.5, 80mm, ISO 800:


1/1000 sec, f13.0, 320mm, ISO 800:


1/400 sec, 118mm, F10.0, ISO 400


I'm very happy with it. I've heard it's slow at autofocussing, and it does take it a while to get from one extreme to the other, but the fine adjustments the camera makes when you're almost in focus are plenty fast. Nice lens!

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I had problems for a while with getting the photos to show in the above post, but I think it's fixed now...
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Old Jun 14, 2006, 12:23 AM   #8
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i have one and love it

i picked it up second hand at cash converters

tried it out in the shop

haggled, walked away, came back

got it cheaper



i cant hot link my pics

here is my web site with some pics by it though

http://johndolphin.net/photos/details.php?image_id=937

there are more bird photos if you go looking





i do have to try not takling photos at 1/60 th when shooting at 320 sigh
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Old Jun 14, 2006, 9:08 AM   #9
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do i ever hate it when some one disables the right clik on a website. LOL hehe
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John,

Very nice bird shots! I agree with you, it's tempting to TRY to get the shot at 1/60 at 320mm...and sometimes it ALMOST works. That's why my samples -- which are the photos that DID work -- areat high ISOs, even in daylight.

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