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| p.1 #1 · 200mm lenses - High resolution - low CA |
So, a while back, I asked about some slower 200mm lenses, and got some good suggestions, none of which I have unfortunately had a chance to try out yet. At that time I was looking in the f/4 range, though now I'm thinking of expanding into the f/2.8 range for additional subject separation. These will be used on micro 4/3, so it'll be a long lens, and not used all that often, but I'm hoping to use it for shooting golf next summer (where white hats and dark lettering and dark backrounds make for fringing fun).
I have a Vivitar 200mm f/3.5, which is passable. It has decent resolution, though it's a little gauzy in its rendition until f/5.6, which is a bit too slow. It also has fairly prominent blue fringing and really ugly bokeh on distant subjects (it's fine up close).
I just received a Canon FD 200mm f/2.8 IF from KEH, as I thought I'd give it a shot since I already have an FD adapter. This is almost there....resolution is fine...actually quite good from f/2.8, and contrast is much better than the Vivitar. It, however, also suffers quite severely from fringing (though Purple in this case), and while I can correct it to large degree provided there isn't other purple in the shot, it is rather annoying. It also has quite severe longitudinal CA, with green edges on OOF objects in the background. I fear the CA issues here are just too much for me to bother dealing with for the $215 I paid for the lens, so I will probably end up returning it.
So...I'm looking for a 200mm lens, f/4 or faster (f/2.8 would be preferable), in the $250 or lower price range, with high resolution to provide generally sharp shots wide open on a micro 4/3 sensor, with minimal (or preferably zero) CA and at least decent bokeh.
I have adapters for Konica AR, Minolta MD, Olympus OM, Nikon F and Canon FD, so those would be great so I don't need to buy a new adapter, but I'm open to others.
One of the consensus picks from the first round was the Pentax M 200mm f/4 (or, for less, the SMC Takumar 200/4), though both of those would require me to buy an adapter to try. Is this still my best bet?
Any f/2.8 options in this range for this price range? I've heard the Nikon 180/2.8 is also very good, but also has some CA issues and it's generally too expensive for what I want to spend.