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12-15-2011, 02:45 AM   #1
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Pentax SMC Pentax-FA* 28mm - 70mm f/2.8 AL

Hi folks,

I wonder if anyone can assist in helping me track down the above lens. I know there is one on e-bay, but it's up at circa $1,700.00 and that's strikes me as being a bit too expensive ( but hey what do l know ).

Any help would be much appreciated.


regards ........ philip

12-15-2011, 03:30 AM   #2
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Good luck on hunting such over-hyped and overpriced lens.
12-15-2011, 04:01 AM   #3
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I know where's there's one and I can buy it for around AU$900. It's in pretty good condition I suppose although I have not tried it on my camera.
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I know where's there's one and I can buy it for around AU$900. It's in pretty good condition I suppose although I have not tried it on my camera.
Any chance you could point me in the right direction ?

12-15-2011, 04:56 AM   #5
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Bossa - maybe you could PM me with information as to where l could find this item.


regards ........ philip
12-15-2011, 08:12 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by parigby Quote
Bossa - maybe you could PM me with information as to where l could find this item.


regards ........ philip
don't forget when importing to EU, you'll be charged hefty tax
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Good luck on hunting....
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QuoteQuote:
...such over-hyped and overpriced lens.
-1... easily the best zoom I have used, worth every penny I paid for it
12-15-2011, 08:24 AM   #8
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I cannot help you track down one of these beauties [and I certainly WILL NOT sell you mine!], but I encourage you to keep up the quest.

$1700 seems a bit high, even in mint condition. There are 3 on eBay currently for $1200-$1450 shipped.

FA* lenses are so good that current owners probably think long and hard before putting one up for sale. That's my theory anyway on why they seem to be so rare & pricey. One would have to dangle alot of dough in front of me before I would consider parting with mine!

I started shopping for a FA*28-70 after being pretty much underwhelmed by DA*16-50 performance. I bought one last May for $1072 USD. The FA* was not in mint condition, but optically it has proven to be outstanding. After a few weeks of shooting with this lens, I pretty much forgot the pain associated with FA* cost of admission. Selling the DA*16-50 a few months later also helped with that

These FA*28-70 jpeg shots are pretty much straight out of the K7 with no special filters used, then sharpened & resized to meet forum posting rules (which unfortunately kills the sharpness of the photos. The uncompressed 9MByte versions look fantastic on the 22" Samsung!).






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12-15-2011, 09:07 AM   #9
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I'm gonna try this lens coming saturday.
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There's one in the marketplace right now...
12-15-2011, 10:30 AM   #11
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Thanks for that. Trouble is, it's 950.00 euros.
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That's about right I think...

QuoteOriginally posted by parigby Quote
Thanks for that. Trouble is, it's 950.00 euros.
superb lens. Zoom range is a bit short, and it's heavy, but....





Great lens. Bite the bullet and do it. They ain't making any more of them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by parigby Quote
Bossa - maybe you could PM me with information as to where l could find this item.


regards ........ philip

Sorry I have been asleep.

PM sent.
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is the DA 17-70 the equivalent of this lens? (well in terms of range?) looks like the DA line has no counterpart for this...
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The 16-50 would be the equivalent
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