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08-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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early serial number

I've seen a few limited lenses advertise that they have early serial numbers. What does this mean? Is this good? If so why?

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The first versions had slightly different coatings, silver bodies only (I think), different coloured leather bags (not black)

Some say that there is marginally better IQ with the early versions but it isnt really proven. Nice to have Im sure but I have an later serial FA Limited (MIJ) set and cant see how they could be that much better
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The FA43 is supposed to have had 2 versions. One with glass containing heavy metals replaced with one without. Some says the former is better. That's what I have heard.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Zav Quote
with glass containing heavy metals
My lenses are heavy enough without this.
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My lenses are heavy enough without this.
Go for the "radioactive" Takumars, then. They get lighter as time goes by...

(Kidding, of course. Armchair physicists keep your danders down!)
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QuoteOriginally posted by panoguy Quote
Go for the "radioactive" Takumars, then. They get lighter as time goes by... (Kidding, of course. Armchair physicists keep your danders down!)
Boy, you do like to poke the beast with the pointy stick.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
Boy, do you like to poke the beast with the pointy stick.
Uh... let me guess; that's a Scottish euphemism for something!

BTW, to the OP, I have an early serial FA 43 Ltd. (0004514) and it renders wonderfully. I personally think it's the best of the "three amigos." No idea how it compares to other 43's, since all I wanted was a silver one to go with my helmet. :P

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Uh... let me guess; that's a Scottish euphemism for something!
Oh dear, you know me too well.
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