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04-01-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Ordering "new" FA* lenses

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I'm new to participation in this forum. I was wondering how one would go about ordering FA* lenses with weather sealing? I have read elsewhere on this forum that this is an option, but I have not found anything in my searches that indicates how one would go about this. My apologies if this is already covered in a separate thread (I tried to find the answer before asking).

04-01-2011, 08:32 PM   #2
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Well the FA* lenses have long since been discontinued, and were manufactured before Pentax started incorporating weather sealing at all, I believe. Pentax's current line of DA* lenses are, unless I'm mistaken, ALL weather-sealed, and done so by default. Don't have to order them in any special way.
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FA* lenses are (unfortunately) out of production. DA* lenses are weather-sealed, and you can buy them at B&H, here:

Pentax DA* lens

For a complete list of DA* lenses, see our database:

DA* Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database

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Does "discontinued/out of production" mean that there is no longer an option for a built to order 300/2.8 or 600/4 even without weather sealing?

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Definitely not for the 300/2.8, but you can call Pentax and ask about the 600.

Sigma makes a nice 300/2.8 that you can buy: Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG Autofocus Lens for Pentax 195109 B&H

Apart from that, ebay is a good option for used Pentax lenses.

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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you're a serious telephoto photographer.
What you'd be after are the DA* lenses since none of the FA* lenses are weather resistant.
With bodies like the K-5, the need for f/2.8 at 300mm+ focal lengths are becoming less justifiable. (OK, I know it's not quite as straight forward as that)
We're waiting for Pentax to come out with their DA* super telephoto range of lenses...
In the meantime, they're quite amenable to special orders of lenses such as the 600/4 and 250-600.
Enjoy the forum.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
We're waiting for Pentax to come out with their DA* super telephoto range of lenses...
Who is "we"?
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting...

QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
In the meantime, they're quite amenable to special orders of lenses such as the 600/4 and 250-600.
In the meantime one can also look at what third-party lens manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma have to offer.
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Who is "we"?
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting...
Me, Ash and several others. We're easy to recognize--blue faces from lack of oxygen.

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