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12-17-2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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LBA - smc Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7

I had been "passively" looking for an autofocus 50/1.7 these pase few months, but the price was always too steep for my means.

A couple of weeks ago, however, I saw an ad in a local classifieds website for "a Pentax SF-1n body, a 28-80mm zoom, a 50mm lens, and an AF400 flash - willing to sell separately". From the supplied picture (and the fact that the body was an AF one), I guessed the 50mm to be an F50/1.7. So I wrote to the seller to ascertain the model of the lens, and find out how much he was asking for it.

It was indeed an F50/1.7, and it had basically never been used. It apparently came with the body, but the seller preferred zooms and had used the 28-80mm almost exclusively. But the best part was yet to come: he was willing to let it go for 45 CDN$ !! Needless to say, I jumped on it.

It was a little bit dusty (outside) and missing the rear cap, but otherwise very much in mint condition. Yes, bargains can still be found in this era of eBay-inflated prices

Here are two of my first shots with it:


f/1.7, 1/60s, ISO 500


f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 100, External flash

I still can't help grinning from ear to ear when I think about it

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QuoteOriginally posted by RBellavance Quote

I still can't help grinning from ear to ear when I think about it
I think we need a new acronym. LBA = Lens Buying Addiction, we need LBE = Lens Buying Envy. Or maybe even LBJ = LB Jealousy Or better yet, LBIHY - Great find. Grumble.

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That's a great find! I love my A 1.7 and often wish it was auto-focus.
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