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01-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ron Boggs Quote
Actually, B&H sold the A*200/4 macro for more than a decade, perhaps even more than 15 years. I bought mine new from B&H in about '95 or '96 and they still had it in the in-stock line up at that same price--$999--until the FA* came out just after the turn of the century. .
Are you sure? I'm pretty sure that the lens was released about 1988 (87?) and discontinued around 1990 (I bought it upon release and it was definitely in the late 80's). It might be that B+H sat on an inventory (or the US distributor) and/or sold used/refurbished ones far longer than that. By 1992 almost all A lenses were discontinued particularly the more exotic ones (except for some super telephotos built on order). I'm pretty sure that the A* 200 macro was not available world wide in the 90's....

01-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #17
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Positive that B&H offered it for more than a decade...that was back when they produced big catalogs that I poured through with a fine toothed comb. And I always noticed the A* macro...both when I wished to own it and after purchasing it and following the steady price year after year.

Could have been that they stocked 3 in 1986 and it took more than a decade to sell all three copies?

Pentax shooters are not famous for willingness to spend...

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