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09-18-2010, 08:32 AM   #16
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Speaking of rare and unusual lenses I notice there is an A* 200/4 macro for sale in the Pentax market place for around $1,600 dollars. Don't see this one often or at such a low price.

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Speaking of rare and unusual lenses I notice there is an A* 200/4 macro for sale in the Pentax market place for around $1,600 dollars. Don't see this one often or at such a low price.

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I eyeballed that. I'm still trying to hold out for an FA* 200mm macro myself. I've got the Sigma 180mm macro for now, and it does a good job.
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Hi Lowell,

Yes, I got my K 200/2.5 but it was no bargain. I got one in great shape but it was over $500 a couple of years back. This is a bit pricely even by today's standards.
I was willing to pay it as I really wanted this lens and have no regrets.

As I said above the bargain boat has sailed. You might be able to fine that "rare" Pentax lens from time to time but it is going to cost you.

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I agree, firstly with your comments to that particular lens of which I used to own a copy....and a most under rated lens it is. Like you, I was VERY happy to own it, & when I sold it years ago, it sold IMMEDIATELY.....I think I got around $6/700 Aus for it, (it was mint with case & caps etc).
I also agree with your last paragraph.....that the "rare" Pentax lens, particularly M42, is certainly going to "cost you".
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Speaking of rare and unusual lenses, not to mention rare and unusual presentations, see this 47 1/2" Schneider Red Dot Artara which as I post this is priced at US$0.77 -- yup, seventyseven cents. But that can't last. Neither can my eyes.

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Well, I let an A* 600mm/5.6 walk away on ebay. I was up and watching the auction. Looks like it ended at $2260.

I hope this wasn't my last chance to own long glass like this; but alas, it was not the FA 600mm so I just quietly watched it depart.

This is one of two Pentax 600mm lenses, both A* 600mm, that I've seen sold in the last year. Everyone is keeping their grubby little mits on the FA* glass.

See collectors! Look! No full frame sensor announced! Sell your FA* glass now before it deflates in value!
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. . .Also we saw one FA* 300/2.8 go on ebay for $4000 four or so months ago. . . .


. . .Is "rare" really becoming unobtainable?
You'll be pleased with the current A*300/2.8 listing on the marketplace then.

Big markets on the internet have reduced information asymmetry, and with it the number of bargains, for sure. Whether you see that as a good thing depends on which side of the transaction you're on.

The dearth of professional Pentax sport and wildlife photographers (and the cessation of Pentax super-telephoto lens manufacturing) is only going to make finding rare long lenses harder.
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In this case, I'm holding out for either an FA 300/2.8 or perhaps an A 400/2.8

If I set my sights high enough, the budget doesn't deplete nearly as quickly.
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Adorama was listing what looked to be a heavily used A 400/2.8 (or is that an A* ?) for something like $1600 a few years back; 2008 I think it was. Again, a 400/2.8 at quite a reasonable price. Being a MF lens, what could be 'wrong' with it as long as none of the elements were scratched? No matter how much it was used, I bet it still took great pictures. Believe it or not, it took days for it to go, not hours. ...and I'll never forgive myself for not jumping on that the second I saw it; I had the time.

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I recently snagged an A*135mm f/1.8 ...I haven't have much chance to test it because I got the novoflex Pentax k to leica M mount adapter today and I have been taking test shots with my Leica M9 with the FA limited lenses on it. Despite what Ned Bunnel says about the FA limited lenses not being up to snuff on full frame respectfully, from what I have seen it is my opinion that what he said is weapons grade BS. However, I'm not doing a scientific test unfortunately because It is difficult to accurately focus because there is no range-finder coupling.
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Digitalis, are you willing to share what price is right for it these days? (i.e. what you paid)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
No FA* 600mm or FA* 250-600mm glass has been seen anywhere in the last year as far as I can tell.
Here's your chance: there's an A*600mm on ebay
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
No FA* 600mm or FA* 250-600mm glass has been seen anywhere in the last year as far as I can tell.
Nope, I bought my FA*600 on ebay uk in march. I have been lucky
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I guess I've been hoarding them all, except the notoriously overpriced 135/1.8 which I would not own for it's going price. Example: I curently have a couple of 200/2.5, an F* 300/4.5, M 85/2, M 20/4 and a few non-pentax cult classics like two Viv S 1 90-180 Flat Field Macro and a Viv S 1 135/2.3, my poor-boy's A*135/1.8. I had, used extensively, then sold two A* 200/4 Macro and one FA* 600/4. I still have both XL TCs from the 600, though little good they do me since they don't fit any lens I currently own. I would post them for sale here, but alas, disabled and out of work for over 3 years mens I can't lightly shell out ten bucks to support a forum I would rarely use almost never compared to most.

Myself, I've bought both my A*200/4 Macros used, one at KEH and another I think at Adorama. I got my FA* 600/4 by replying to a list message on many PDML years ago, and in 2008 sold it for more than I paid through a mesage on the same list. The XL TCs, one came from KEH the other from ebay.

I really am sorry I once had two AF 1.7x Adapters and sold one for a pittance, now they command a king's ransom. I've seen 5 or more A*135 and A* and FA* 85/1.4 lenses for sale during the years I was active on listserv and ebay (1998-99 thru 2006).

Rare means rare, and it one has not been searching and buying ten years or more then the liklihood of seeing rare lenses for sale is diminished. But you are probably right, the rarity is increasing, maybe because old geezers like me won't part with their toys easily once they manage to get them.

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Dunderheadhere remembered one important point: with the 1.5x multilier of an APS-C sensor, big glass like the 600/4 is *too long* to be worth the carry weight! I am speaking from experience. Every shot after I got an istD was like using the 600 + a 1.5x TC and in may cases the wildlife subject overfilled the frame. Very annoying to have a great long lens, and both TCs, then suddenly it is too long for casual use. Nowadays I am very happy using a light 300/4.5 at 450mm effective, or adding a TC to bring it to 675mm. Saves the back, also.

Of course, for the birdies way up in the air or a hundred yards across the field, even 600 + 2xTC + 1.5x factor won't do... one needs something like 4000mm.
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