Interested in the FE 70-200 but

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Chrisd999
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Re: Interested in the FE 70-200 but
In reply to Petroglyph, 6 months ago

Petroglyph wrote:

I just read the minimum focus distance is nearly 5 feet at the 200mm end and it varies by focal length? Most other 70-200s I've seen have a constant minimum. e.g., Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS is about 45 inches regardless of focal length. It gave me pause on a 1500$ lens I'll just say that. Anyone else notice (or care).

Cheers.

I care and I know exactly what you are saying.

I was just about to pick up the FE 70-200 to pair with my A7r when I came across this thread. I am a former Nikon D800 & 70-200 f4G user, and this combo was fantastic due to the short MFD (about 40") at 200mm, which made this lens very easy for getting great close focus  ("macro-ish") and shallow depth-of-field shots with blurry out-of-focus backgrounds. I would say it almost matched the 70-200 f2.8G since MFD on that lens was much longer plus the "focus breathing" (much less than 200mm long end when focusing close). That plus the Nikon f4G is incredibly corner-to-corner sharp when slightly stopped down.

The MFD spec on the FE 70-200 is 40", same as the Nikon 70-200 f4G, but unlike the Nikon, the MFD increases to around 5 feet at 200mm, which negates the opportunity for close focus and shallow depth-of-field. I guess the measly .13 magnification versus the .27 magnification of the Nikon f4G tells it all.

Based on this, I'm sticking with my $100 Minolta 70-210 f4, which focuses 36" away at 210mm.

Thanks Petroglyph for the heads-up on the limitation with this lens.

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