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10-16-2007, 11:34 AM   #16
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I found one for sale that is brand new from japan today
NEW PENTAX SMC FA 300mm F2.8 ED [IF] Telephoto Lens - (eBay item 190159885003 end time Nov-03-07 18:15:31 PDT)
$4350. I dont know about that price for one that is brand new since my dads has some wear but operates and the glass is perfect.
Is that the lens your father is selling, are you sure? This is the AF-version (autofocus), until now we discussed the A version, which is manual focus.


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10-18-2007, 01:54 PM   #17
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No you are right, I was just posting the link to that lens since it was the only one with the same features as my fathers (minus the Auto focus)The one my father is selling is the NONAuto focus.

I may just post it up for sale on this forum. Had some pictures taken of it yesterday so I will post them up later tonight and see what you all think.

I really would rather it go to a pentax enthusiast rather than Joe Blow off the street. My dad loves this lens and just doesn't have time to ever use it anymore.
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Our KING (Jim King) snapped one FA*300/2.8 on eBay for something around $2800 several months back --- that's a steal!
Sounds like I did good then...

I paid $2889 (shipped) for my FA* 300/2.8 - beautiful condition!!!
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The glass is obviously the most important part of a lens and it is in perfect condition. I have looked at this very closely and the only beef I have with it is the wear marks on the edges of the body of the lens. So long as it takes amazing pictures what really does it matter if it looks like it has been used so long as the glass isn't muffed up?



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QuoteOriginally posted by Ignitrous Quote
The glass is obviously the most important part of a lens and it is in perfect condition. I have looked at this very closely and the only beef I have with it is the wear marks on the edges of the body of the lens. So long as it takes amazing pictures what really does it matter if it looks like it has been used so long as the glass isn't muffed up?
All the rubber bits look pretty messed up, either from heat or from wear. The focus ring has a bulge in it (which is not normal). And while I agree, especially with these big beasts, that some scratching is inevitable, it lowers the price accordingly. External blemishes are one thing, but the level and amount of defects could also produce internal problems like element separation or decentering that are not immediately obvious.

IMO you'll be lucky to get half of what you are expecting. Good luck.
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All the rubber bits look pretty messed up, either from heat or from wear. The focus ring has a bulge in it (which is not normal). And while I agree, especially with these big beasts, that some scratching is inevitable, it lowers the price accordingly. External blemishes are one thing, but the level and amount of defects could also produce internal problems like element separation or decentering that are not immediately obvious.

IMO you'll be lucky to get half of what you are expecting. Good luck.
The bulge is probably the rubber cover on the focus ring coming slightly loose. I've seen this before on other used A300/2.8 lenses, but it should not effect functionality. Obviously the best way to make sure is to try it out yourself.

I agree the external wear marks aren't a big deal unless you are a collector. This is a big heavy lens, especially compared to its younger sibling the A300/4. You need to use 2 hands to just pick it up. Despite the hard coating (better than the FA* coatings) just normal handling of the lens means some inevitable wear marks.

All the A* lenses are nice lenses.
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All the rubber bits look pretty messed up, either from heat or from wear. The focus ring has a bulge in it (which is not normal). And while I agree, especially with these big beasts, that some scratching is inevitable, it lowers the price accordingly. External blemishes are one thing, but the level and amount of defects could also produce internal problems like element separation or decentering that are not immediately obvious.

IMO you'll be lucky to get half of what you are expecting. Good luck.
After speaking with my dad about this he has told me he took that picture of the bulge to show that bulge. That rubber sleeve does not affect the focusing of the lens it just has a bulge from normal use. It has been stored in a closet in its case for years away from any heat and has never been in any water. The wear you see is not consistent with the type of use(or abuse if you see it like that) that would produce the internal problems you mentioned in the above post.
I spoke with my dad about taking some pictures with it this weekend so i can scan them in to show to anyone who would like to see its clarity. Of course there will be a newspaper to show that the date they were taken is true and not pictures he took with it 10+ years ago.

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The focus ring has a bulge in it (which is not normal).
I do not second that. I have a similar lens, with the same bulge in the focus ring. Functionality is not harmed in any way.

About the other scratches: it looks like the lens was carried to rocky places... but hey! Haven't we seen on this forum amazing pictures made with a SMC A*300mm/F4 wich looked like the front lens had had a frontal collision with a comet? I remember great waterbird pictures made by that lens. This lens is said to be in great glass-condition.

I think I would like to see proof of that in the post.

And I cannot wait to see some test-pics!

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Here are 2 pictures taken with the lens. My dad had to go to a store to get a camera compatible with the lens since he sold his. These pictures are taken through glass since the kid at the store wouldn't let him walk 5 inches out the door. Sorry but i hope you "Get the picture" hehe
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Frank,

Yeah, I know. I was right behind him in the bidding.

Didn't need it... just wanted it!

Kinda regretted not pulling the trigger a little more.

Stephen
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