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04-03-2013, 10:54 PM   #16
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I was in Japan when they first came out and decided not to purchase as the Yen was 190 to the dollar(it was 290 8 years prior). My story is similar to yours- AIV, MIJ and almost color bag complete. I use all three but keep the 43/77 in their respective bags while in my backpack. I have both an extra of each lens that I'll let go cheap.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MrSkelter Quote
Black versions with the early colored bags don't exist and you can tell how early a silver MIJ version is by the box. If it says 'silver' the blacks were available. If not it was still silver only.

My serials are all below 2,000. I don't know where they started. Often it's not zero.
This one was on ebay last week, and according to the PF Serial Database, is a correct set:





?mib? Pentax FA 31mm F 1 8 Al Limited Black w Filter Made in Japan 31 F1 8 | eBay

My 31 has a 00195xx number but I presume the 43 and 77 started at 0000001 and the earliest versions were set aside for workers or VIPs (everything after the word "but" in that sentence is presumption). I've seen a 00006xx 77 and 000125x 43, and those were the lowest, so I'd be curious where yours land in there, especially being new old stock
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QuoteOriginally posted by ryan s Quote
This one was on ebay last week, and according to the PF Serial Database, is a correct set:





?mib? Pentax FA 31mm F 1 8 Al Limited Black w Filter Made in Japan 31 F1 8 | eBay

My 31 has a 00195xx number but I presume the 43 and 77 started at 0000001 and the earliest versions were set aside for workers or VIPs (everything after the word "but" in that sentence is presumption). I've seen a 00006xx 77 and 000125x 43, and those were the lowest, so I'd be curious where yours land in there, especially being new old stock
You're right - I made a mistake.

When the original Limiteds were made available - the 43 - it was only in Silver. The 31 was the last of the three to hit the market and by the time it did they were releasing in both colors. The box of my 31 reflects that.

I will try to post some photos later. I had to do it late last night so the light is bad. We'll see how it turns out.

I don't think mine are super-early for colored-bag versions. It was the newness that did it for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ryan s Quote
This one was on ebay last week, and according to the PF Serial Database, is a correct set:







?mib? Pentax FA 31mm F 1 8 Al Limited Black w Filter Made in Japan 31 F1 8 | eBay

My 31 has a 00195xx number but I presume the 43 and 77 started at 0000001 and the earliest versions were set aside for workers or VIPs (everything after the word "but" in that sentence is presumption). I've seen a 00006xx 77 and 000125x 43, and those were the lowest, so I'd be curious where yours land in there, especially being new old stock
I wonder how many red bagged black '31's were mad

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