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05-17-2014, 08:09 AM   #1
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Dating a Pentax lens?

Hi, fellow Pentaxians,
I'd like to know when one of my lenses was manufactured. I just picked up a smc FA 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 for my K-500 (basically pristine condition for £25!) and one of my friends asked me if I knew when it was manufactured. This interested me also. Is there any definite way of telling when a lens was manufactured? The s/n is 5003914.
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05-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #2
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Some time between 1998 and 2001.
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The Serial Number Database has 19 serials. Yours would be the second lowest number, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
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They're pretty, don't get me wrong... If I was going to date any lens it would be a Pentax. But I'm going to stick with Mrs. ElJamoquio.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnX Quote
Some time between 1998 and 2001.
Thanks!

QuoteOriginally posted by ElJamoquio Quote
They're pretty, don't get me wrong... If I was going to date any lens it would be a Pentax. But I'm going to stick with Mrs. ElJamoquio.
Hehehehehe.

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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
The Serial Number Database has 19 serials. Yours would be the second lowest number, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
Could you send me a link to the database please? Thanks
05-17-2014, 09:04 AM   #6
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SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 Reviews - FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

basically, the database is there : Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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Could you send me a link to the database please? Thanks
Pentax Serial Number Database - PentaxForums.com

The FA 28-80 is here.

SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 Serial Numbers - Pentax Serial Number Database - PentaxForums.com
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This is what happens when you start dating lenses...... my own experience....

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/225321-dear-zooms.html

Sorry, I couldn't resist

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Sorry, I can't resist either.

QuoteOriginally posted by tobyshootspentax Quote
Dating a Pentax lens?
I was, for awhile, but she wasn't fast enough.
05-17-2014, 12:32 PM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by dshombert Quote
I was, for awhile, but she wasn't fast enough.
Incompatible mount?

(sorry...)
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You guys just made me laugh after a yucky day. Thanks.

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I'd wine and dine an FA 77, just for the remotest chance she'd end up with me.

But if my DA70 ever walked in the restaurant and saw us ...
05-20-2014, 01:28 PM   #13
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Haha. You guys have me in stitches.
If I were to date any lens, I'd totally hook up with a DA* 55mm. Perfect lens for my photographic (and relationship) needs.
Joking aside, I just killed my own thread.

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Thanks!
(Sorry for double post. I'm on mobile and multi quoting is difficult)
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QuoteOriginally posted by tobyshootspentax Quote
Dating a Pentax lens
With all my ladies, it's just a case of which one today...

SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5 is my "Mistress"
SMC Pentax-A 20mm F2.8 is my "Good Lady"
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2 is my "Special Lady"
SMC Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4 is my "Sweetheart"
SMC Pentax-A* 135mm F1.8, is my "Lady luck”
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That's not so much a lens collection as a harem, Kerrowdown!
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