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$700 741.18%
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Return the lens. This is too serious a problem to ignore. (explain) 317.65%
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09-15-2011, 05:33 AM   #16
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What about asking Pentax for a repair quote and ask the seller for the same refund ?
You will be guaranteed to have a working lens.

09-15-2011, 05:44 AM   #17
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Sorry for my lack of knowledge.
Are these 200 macro lenses superior image quality, or because it is rare and people are willing to pay more?
Please help me to understand.
09-15-2011, 05:48 AM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoanpham Quote
Sorry for my lack of knowledge.
Are these 200 macro lenses superior image quality, or because it is rare and people are willing to pay more?
Please help me to understand.

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The lens is utterly fantastic.
09-15-2011, 05:49 AM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by ZEPsikopat Quote
What about asking Pentax for a repair quote and ask the seller for the same refund ?
You will be guaranteed to have a working lens.
Yeah. I'm absolutely sure that Pentax can provide spare parts for this lens. It is probably dirt cheap.
Seven years ago I got a brand new rear element for a Pentax A* 135/1.8; they (Pentax Japan) had spare parts in stock.....

09-15-2011, 06:23 AM   #20
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The problem with Pentax US repairs these days is they wont give you any manner of quote or even if they can do anything about it over the phone. You send it to CRIS and that is that. Then you find out if they cant do the repairs that you still have to pay return shipping. This leaves me asking 3rd parties like Eric who says spare parts for this lens cannot be obtained anymore.

I'm going to try Forsters Camera (who is here in Salt Lake, and is on Pentax JP's website of official repair facilities) next.

The last one of these I saw for sale sold for $3711 on 6/3/2010, and that is the only copy of the FA* 200 Macro that I've seen chance hands since then.
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I think I paid less than $1000 for brand new the day it was released...
09-15-2011, 01:18 PM   #22
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Hi Clint,

Would you like me to check my sources? I am traveling and may be able to send a message tonight - no guarantees on a prompt response of course. Should be able to confirm parts availability and/or if an alternative is available.

I am so glad I bought my demo unit from Pentax Canada several years ago. It's a stunning lens optically and very nice handling, even handheld.

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That'd be great. Thanks Marc!

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QuoteOriginally posted by hoanpham Quote
Sorry for my lack of knowledge.
Are these 200 macro lenses superior image quality, or because it is rare and people are willing to pay more?
Please help me to understand.
It is a 1:1 macro lens. Both the A* 200 and FA* 200 are the best macro lenses in the 180-200 focal length ever made. That is why you see an example of a Canonian paying serious dollars for this lens and modifying it to work on a full frame body.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
I think I paid less than $1000 for brand new the day it was released...
This is one of the worst 1:1 macro lenses in the 180-200mm range ever made. Being a nice guy and all, I am willing to fly over there and refund your money.
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Forget Pentax USA. Try to see if a shop in Japan can do this. Get quotes and ask for a partial refund.

If you used eBay/PayPal, you have protection and conciliation available. In this case you may have the legal right through contract for a partial remediation as opposed to outright return. Document. Document. Document. Get a photo sample from someone here of a proper copy.
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To clarify on my previous post: I communicate with someone having direct access to Pentax Japan. I will also check warehouse part availability within North America - never hurts to ask, just in case

Clint, if you need anything else, let me know. I'll be happy to do what I can.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
I'm going to try Forsters Camera (who is here in Salt Lake, and is on Pentax JP's website of official repair facilities) next
They did a good job on some of my equipment a while back; but, really what it comes down to is parts availability. There are a couple custom plastics manufactures here in town, could always check and see if they could make one...

If you keep it do ya want to sell the Sigma 180 macro? I am about to give up on the Sigma 150 macro being made for Pentax.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
The problem with Pentax US repairs these days is they wont give you any manner of quote or even if they can do anything about it over the phone. You send it to CRIS and that is that. Then you find out if they cant do the repairs that you still have to pay return shipping. This leaves me asking 3rd parties like Eric who says spare parts for this lens cannot be obtained anymore.
They need to change this policy. They need to give free estimates before shipping things in.
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Pentax can probably repair this. Get a quote and ask for that much.

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