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What would be a fair price for a Pentax A* 200mm f4.0 ED Macro

The price history of these lenses is quite difficult to follow properly because there are so few of them around - what do you think would be a reasonable price for one of these today ?

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On the big auction site, there have been 2 sold in the past month. They sold for $1445 and $1650.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
On the big auction site, there have been 2 sold in the past month. They sold for $1445 and $1650.
what is that "big auction site"?

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Probably eBay.
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The problem is, that the 200/4.0 Macros from Pentax have reached insane price levels. The successor of the "smc Pentax-A* Macro 1:4 200mm ED", the "smc Pentax-FA* 1:2.8 200mm -IF&ED-" sells for up to 3500 US$ and more. Currently there is one on offer from Japan as high as 4400 US$ and another one with fungus for 3600 US$. Import into the EU yields something like 4500-5400 € - that's insane compared to the last official selling price of 1599.- € from 2003.

Taking that into account anything near 1000 € for the "smc Pentax-A* Macro 1:4 200mm ED" is a real steal and 1500 € is still a good deal. If you are importing from Japan, 1500 US$ will become almost € 2000 in the end (customs duties, tax). This is a little bit more than one would regard as a fair price, but it has been on that level for quite a while now and I see no reason, why this should change in the near future.
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Haha! I just bought mine for $1650 on ebay. Damn! One was available for less?!
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QuoteOriginally posted by MKohoutek Quote
Haha! I just bought mine for $1650 on ebay. Damn! One was available for less?!
Oh, ya you meany. Just come on here and rub it in every body's face. :https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/129563-macro-lens-club-219.htmlD
Make sure you post some pics in the 200mm thread.
"The 200mm... the seemly unloved these days focal length club" - PentaxForums.com

and the macro by any means thread
*Macro* lens club - Page 219 - PentaxForums.com

We'll be waiting with baited breath.

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Okay - thanks for the advice
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I bought the FA 200 Macro when it was released. Some claimed it was too expensive at $1200....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
I bought the FA 200 Macro when it was released. Some claimed it was too expensive at $1200....
For 6 years I wished I had bought it while it was available new. Last spring I got one from France for exactly the last official price of 2003. Whatever people said back then and whatever they say now, the lens it worth every single penny.
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