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08-28-2010, 06:34 PM   #46
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BTW, there are also 302xxxx serial numbers: I saw one on eBay today (it was a 1b).
Added it to post #18 earlier this evening

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My theory is that Pentax felt that the original hood was a didn't latch as well as it should, and therefore applied a quick fix.
I disagree. I have the first style hood and it attaches very solid and securely. Almost too solid, like it will scrape the black mount paint off. I wonder if that is why they changed it. Lots of these lenses for sale have brassing on the black where the hood mounts.

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What I did notice was that the old FA* 85 hood "slides" into place while turning until it gently locks (there is a drag while sliding). The new FA* 85 hood just slides into place without drag and locks a little more aggressively.
Yes, and that dragging while it slides can brass the mount.
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I disagree. I have the first style hood and it attaches very solid and securely. Almost too solid, like it will scrape the black mount paint off. I wonder if that is why they changed it. Lots of these lenses for sale have brassing on the black where the hood mounts.



Yes, and that dragging while it slides can brass the mount.
I definitely think that it's solid when mounted for use, but the issue surfaces when you attach the hood backwards, for storage. Pentax put a double bayonet in there, which is some pretty cheesy designing if you ask me. Also, I think that the original hood is more easily subject to wear. I still like mine, though! My "model 2" 85mm has been on the shelf since I bought it

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85 f1.4

How to get my hands one I have been looking at the sigma but still prefer to buy original Pentax lenses. Just have to wait for one to come on the market I guess. Ian

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I wish you much luck finding one Ian! Your best bet would be trying to find one in Japan (Matsuiyastore comes to mind).
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They pop up pretty often- just keep an eye out on the marketplace as well as ebay.

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Fascinating stuff, those FA*'s sure have a draw to them

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I have a 390xxxx. It has the lip and the newer hood. And no need saying: it is marvellous!

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Would there be a difference between the versions with the CE mark, and the ones without? I purchased mine from a European fellow forum member, and had not before been aware that this CE mark was absent.

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I don't think there would be any difference aside from the 3 different variants.

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Re. CE symbol and label

The European CE Label means nothing else, but that a product conforms to the European regulations, which are applicable to the product/product group. It has indeed not even an official translation and is not really an abbreviation, but more or less a graphical symbol. (In the past, it was often referred to as "Conformité Européenne", but that is doubtful, if the Wikipedia is correct.) More info: CE marking - Single market for goods - Enterprise and Industry

CE conformity could include RoHs regulations, if it is required for the product. In the case of the Pentax lenses, the lead problem was simply related to the use of leaded solder on the PCBs, which mostly affected the cameras. Thus we can contribute to RoHs regulations, that the Pentax 67II was withdrawn early from the European markets, much earlier, than in other countries. Pentax at that time decided, that the small numbers sold of the 67II were not worth the expense to change the production process.

I bought my own copy of the FA 85mm in the US, just about when it was released, it has a 301xxx serial number and is one of my most treasured lenses, though I don't use it that often anymore with digital.

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