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10-05-2011, 05:48 PM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
Yeah tell me about it. I was all set to buy a forum members' DA*300 but in the 2 weeks we talked the A$ dipped and just tipped it into Duty + GST tax territory.

It was a great buy at 950 USD + 50 frt to OZ = A$ 962 a couple of weeks ago. Now the value tipped over A$1000 so add duty and tax and for me it's A$1250-ish from A$200 in fees/taxes
Feel bad for the poor guy as I we both left it hanging for a week and that delay meant he lost the sale.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographic-equipment-sale/157294-sale-p...m-f4-lens.html

Edit : oh I see rvannatta's PM'd him



anyway B.O.T.
Sorry abut that Steve. It's on its way to Oregon now. Although I have some over priced long glass, it's pretty much too valuable to use casually.
My rational was to have something that I could haul around in the truck in case of a chance encounter with an interesting critter. You hope those critters are far enough away the the final photo doesn't show its tonsils so a longer lense is a good thing, and the moments for the photo are often fleeting so auto focus is a good thing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rvannatta Quote
Sorry abut that Steve. It's on its way to Oregon now. Although I have some over priced long glass, it's pretty much too valuable to use casually.
My rational was to have something that I could haul around in the truck in case of a chance encounter with an interesting critter. You hope those critters are far enough away the the final photo doesn't show its tonsils so a longer lense is a good thing, and the moments for the photo are often fleeting so auto focus is a good thing.
Hi Robert, That's OK, I'm glad someone bought it pretty quickly after I had to pass. The owner was keen to purchase a DA*60-250 before going on vacation to Kings Canyon NP next month. Said it was a great lens but a zoom would better suit his shooting style.

I couldnt "waste" $200 on import fees & taxes, I pay plenty of tax already.

I'm sure I'll find one down here soon.


I'll just wait here... like the rest of us to see some shots from Clinton's new missile.
10-05-2011, 06:41 PM   #78
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To stabilize long lenses I use one of these

Manfrotto 359 Long Lens Support 359-1 B&H Photo Video

I also use two on them on my slider.
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Here's the A* 1200, FA* 250-600, and A* 400/2.8 congregating in the climate controlled vault.



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Here's the A* 1200, FA* 250-600, and A* 400/2.8 congregating in the climate controlled vault.
Nice little group you got there
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Looks like those lenses have their own panic room!
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the A* 1200mm is really huge compared to the two others !
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the A* 1200mm is really huge compared to the two others !
I think it needs an 18-55 kit lens or K/A 50mm prime in front of them for some scale (and company)!

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QuoteOriginally posted by rtpguy Quote
I think it needs an 18-55 kit lens or K/A 50mm prime in front of them for some scale (and company)!
a picture of the whole lense family could be fun
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QuoteOriginally posted by rtpguy Quote
I think it needs an 18-55 kit lens or K/A 50mm prime in front of them for some scale (and company)!
AKA Clinton's camera body caps
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
AKA Clinton's camera body caps
With those lenses I'd say a trio of DA limited body caps would be in order, maybe even the silver ones
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
Here's the A* 1200, FA* 250-600, and A* 400/2.8 congregating in the climate controlled vault.
Climate controlled vault----I thought Utah was inherently temperate climate

the pentax folks know how to make good long lenses. I just wish they would do it.

any thoughts about the significance or lack there of the shake reduction only being calibrated to 800. It sort of makes it difficult
to get th XDIF correct. Pentax has my permission to resume production of these exotic lenses at any time, and the sooner the better.
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@rvannatta I'd sure like it if the body would let me specify up to 2000 for the focal length, even if the SR was less effective after 800, but alas, if there's something I really want to note, I have to fix up the exif after with PhotoME

It's pretty dry in these parts, but I felt like having a little extra drying power (and air movement) in the safe would be a good idea, so I added a little Eva-dry ( Amazon.com: Eva-dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier: Health & Personal Care ) to keep things moving and dry.


I've got a few people asking me where the sample images are. I'm sorry to say that both our K-5s are in the shop for their end of warranty service. Removing the first edition stains, and fixing the little stuff that come with well loved cameras. They did however let me keep them a little past a year as we were on vacation with the cameras just as the warranty ended.

CRIS says 3 more weeks to get one of the two back. :P
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Here's the A* 1200, FA* 250-600, and A* 400/2.8 congregating in the climate controlled vault.
huh ??? Never seen this before. I keep my gear in under the kitchensink :ugh:

Well just in my house, but that is very special place you have.
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