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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


I just snagged one of these rare beauties. I expect that I'll have it in a week or so. I look forward to comparing it with my Canon 200/1.8L, Mamiya A 200/2.8 APO, Leica Apo-Telyt-R 180/3.4, and Canon L zooms.

Stay tuned...



Sep 18, 2010 at 03:36 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


Nice one! Would love to see the shots!
I just missed one on Yahoo auctions.. or rather, ignored. Nobody seemed to bid on it until the sell expired. Go figure!



Sep 18, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


James,
That's one of my two most valued Pentax K-mount lenses (The Voigtlander 125mm f2.5 macro being the other). I'm very curious about how it stacks up to the greats in your collection. These A* lenses are pretty uncommon; I've never seen another copy of mine in person and have only seen 2 for sale ads over the past five years.


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http://www.smugmug.com/photos/1013090969_tQPRj-X3.jpg


M



Sep 19, 2010 at 04:02 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


I think the A* 200 Macro is even more rare, and more valuable...

The non-macro A* 200 is essentially optically identical to the FA and DA 200/2.8.



Sep 19, 2010 at 06:29 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


I'm excited. It will be very interesting to see which one gets sold: Mamiya A 200/2.8 APO or SMC Pentax-A* ED 200/2.8. The Pentax is smaller and lighter, but I'm not sure if it's possible to be better than the APO. Hopefully, they'll be the same in the IQ department.

The SMC Pentax-A* ED 200/4 Macro is currently very scarce, but quite a few of them sold on eBay over the past five years - at least one a month, on average. The Lens$db price buffers are well stocked for both [E+] and [M-] sales of this one, with most recent sales in Jan and May of this year. Before I bought this A* 200/2.8, the most recent sales that I recorded for Lens$db were in Oct 2007 and Mar 2008 - none since then.



Sep 19, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


I had the FA* 200 macro in the past. Despite of all the hype that it's the best 200 macro, I don't feel that the lens was as good as the Voigtlander 125. So the current asking price for that lens at around $3500 is quite ridiculous. As for this lens, I though that the latest DA* 200 is the sharpest of them all.


Sep 19, 2010 at 03:13 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


hiepphotog wrote:
...As for this lens, I though that the latest DA* 200 is the sharpest of them all


You might be right, but it won't be so useful on a full frame EOS body. I want to compare it with some lenses that I know are fantastic, just to see how it does.



Sep 19, 2010 at 04:11 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


There is an OLY 180/2 up on eBay right now. I am tempted to make them an offer. You gotta get the Leica 180/2 APO!!


Sep 24, 2010 at 05:01 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


gasrocks wrote:
There is an OLY 180/2 up on eBay right now. I am tempted to make them an offer.


Looks like a really interesting lens.It's Buy It Now price is in line with the one [M-] eBay sale that I have in Lens$db, in July 2009. Good luck!

gasrocks wrote:
...You gotta get the Leica 180/2 APO!!


You and Conner999 are both bad influences. Stop it!



Sep 24, 2010 at 06:25 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


i had an A* 300/4 and a FA* 300/4.5 at the same time. the A* lens wasn't worth keeping for its optical performance and i sold it after a few months. the bokeh was really harsh for objects just outside the plane of focus and it had much lower contrast by comparison. i eventually sold the FA* lens because i just wasn't shooting anything worth using it on and it was a cosmetically ugly lens anyway, though what matters, the optics, was in perfect condition. having both the FA* 300/4.5 and the FA* 400/5.6 was pointless anyway as the few times i needed a long Pentax lens, the 400 was the better focal length. i still have that.

Herb...



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


Hi Herb,

That's one of the main things I want to look at - bokeh. The Mamiya APO has beautiful bokeh, and it's super sharp. The Apo-Telyt is also super sharp and relatively compact, but it's bokeh isn't all that great in many circumstances.

Jim



Sep 24, 2010 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


Have you also considered a Nikon 180/2.8 ED AI-S? I still have my copy. Nice for when I get tired of holding the bigger lenses.


Sep 24, 2010 at 07:56 PM
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Have you also considered a Nikon 180/2.8 ED AI-S? I still have my copy. Nice for when I get tired of holding the bigger lenses.


Sep 24, 2010 at 07:57 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


Thanks for the suggestion Gene, but I think I'm in deep enough, already. Also, I've tried many Nikkors, and the only one that I'm hanging on to for the long term is the ED 500/4P - long term is defined as, until I get an EF 500/4L IS II.


Sep 24, 2010 at 08:17 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


I actually got a double-take out of Dave today, at the Camera Repair Centre (CRC) in Halifax. I walked in, and said "Hi, Dave". Then I put my camera on the counter and said (as I often do), "look what I found". He looked down at the A* 200/2.8 + 1DsIII, looked away, and then I had it - first time. I've laid a lot of primo glass on that counter, and this is the best reaction ever, so far.


Sep 24, 2010 at 09:49 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


Hi Jim,
So how did you mount that A*200mm on your EOS? It looks like an adapter. What degree(s) of functionality still exist?
If I could get mine to work on my 7D, I'd be super happy.

Thanks,

M



Sep 25, 2010 at 12:11 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


Jim, you really 'need' the APO Elmarit R 180/2.8 for your comparisons. The Telyt is not best at close distances, ideal at long distances, and the Summicron-R is slightly (very slightly) less sharp than the Telyt in the central area. I have the 'cron and the Telyt. Long story short, the APO Elmarit-R 180/2.8 seems to be the pick of the Leica bunch in terms of sheer resolution.

Have fun!

JJ



Sep 25, 2010 at 01:21 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


JJ, you're just as bad as Gene and Rob!

I know about the variation of 180/3.4 performance with distance. I generally use it for travel, with distant city and landscape subjects, but also use it for closer things. One of the interesting features of the -A* 200/2.8 is it's MFD of 1.8m. My other three 180/200mm primes all have MFD of 2.5m. Of course, my 70-200/2.8L IS II has MFD of 1.2m. This is one of the things I will explore.

The weather forecast here is pretty wet for the next five days, so I probably won't be shooting any distant subjects for a while.



Sep 25, 2010 at 02:12 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


@Jim: You don't always have to cut off the shield and aperture lever. On some lenses it's relatively easy to remove/unscrew them (the shield maybe not so much). You need to take off the mount for this of course.


Sep 25, 2010 at 03:13 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · SMC Pentax-A* 200/2.8 ED


Jim,
Thanks for the details.
Since my goal is to get the K-mount "A" lenses functioning on a 7D, my bravery will extend to purchasing one of those adapters on the auction site. Stay tuned.

M



Sep 25, 2010 at 09:20 PM
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