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08-24-2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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Pentax 50mm f/1.2 lens serial number id?

Does this serial number look like it would belong to an "A" 50mm f/1.2 lens: 2144586

Also, I was wondering whether there is a code in the serial number that reveals info such as model or date of manufacture?

I can't imagine Pentax would number all their varied lenses sequentially with no regard for lens model so I'm hoping the above number verifies
the model of the lens.

I know it is a bit odd a request because one might suggest that I simply look at the lens. But the lens is 300 miles away and I need to verify for sure what it is and this is one of a few ways I am attempting to make sure I don't waste a lot of time and gas.

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With the exception of the original Limiteds, the serial numbers for lenses were pretty much just pulled out of a hat.
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You could ask the person who has the lens to read/spell exactly what it says on front of the lens to confirm what is on the lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrApollinax Quote
You could ask the person who has the lens to read/spell exactly what it says on front of the lens to confirm what is on the lens.
He did read info to me off the lens but there is always that grey area where 1:2 and 1.2 can get confused over the phone. (It's a 3 hour drive to get the lens so I had hoped the serial number would confirm things but I guess that is not to be).

I just sent him a photo of the "A" f/1.2 bezel asking him to confirm that that was what he had for sale.

Thanks to all for the info and advice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sandpipe Quote
He did read info to me off the lens but there is always that grey area where 1:2 and 1.2 can get confused over the phone. (It's a 3 hour drive to get the lens so I had hoped the serial number would confirm things but I guess that is not to be).

I just sent him a photo of the "A" f/1.2 bezel asking him to confirm that that was what he had for sale.

Thanks to all for the info and advice.

Ask him to take a shot of the bezel himself and email it to you.
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You could also ask if the aperture scale progression goes: 5.6, 4, 2.8, 2, 1.2

If it ends at "2" after "2.8" then I guess you don't want it.....
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A 50/2

QuoteOriginally posted by AlpenTak Quote
You could also ask if the aperture scale progression goes: 5.6, 4, 2.8, 2, 1.2

If it ends at "2" after "2.8" then I guess you don't want it.....
May not be that he doesn't want it - that's a nice lens.

He just may not want to pay $400 for it.
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Well, I sent this photo to the guy living 180 miles from me to confirm just which lens he had. (He would not accept even a postal money order; wanted only local pickup).

The pic confirmed it was not the lens under discussion.

While searching for the sample pic on google I did see this brand new "A" 50mm f/1.2 for sale on ebay--

http://cgi.ebay.com/smc-PENTAX-A-50mm-f-1-2-Brand-new_W0QQitemZ160266068683Q...2em118Q2el1247

New would be nice but in that price range I have other lens priorities at the moment.

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that's where i got mine and a lot of other people. it's like they have an endless supply.
ridiculously good service and fast shipping
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