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12-11-2018, 08:05 PM   #1
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Rarest 35-70 lens ever?

Never seen one of these

Pentax SMC AF 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 Transparent Model ........... Very Rare !! | eBay

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I love it and would love to own it. But I'm fairly certain that price is highway robbery. Doesn't even include the original SFX camera.

These were store models I believe to show off the internals.

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It has been sitting there for months. Rare item, ridiculous price.
12-12-2018, 01:17 AM   #4
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Where is the clear SF-1 that went with it? The SF-1 had a normal back door and could be used to take pictures....generally with this lens. My recollection is that there were only around 10 allocated to the United States.

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They show up every couple of years. Novelty factor not worth an extra $750.
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And the big scuff across one side cutting through the printed numbers for focal length really should bring the price down.
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Looks like the contacts are also missing. I would bet this is just a display item and non functional.
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The dawn of plastic-fantastics ?

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I bought one off eBay years ago. I got it for quite cheap, I think about $100 in very good condition. Still have it. Glass is excellent. Just an exterior strip a little loose that could be glued. The aperture ring turns a little less than smoothly, but not bad. I don't use it except on my film cameras, which is rarely these days. It is an amazingly small zoom lens, the smallest I know of until the very good DA 18-50mm. And its performance is also very good. It is one of those I have that I'd put to use if I should buy a K-1. Being so small and light it would offset the weight factor of the K-1. But the concept really was for compact bodies. Nice on my MZ-S.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikesbike Quote
I bought one off eBay years ago. I got it for quite cheap, I think about $100 in very good condition. Still have it. Glass is excellent. Just an exterior strip a little loose that could be glued. The aperture ring turns a little less than smoothly, but not bad. I don't use it except on my film cameras, which is rarely these days. It is an amazingly small zoom lens, the smallest I know of until the very good DA 18-50mm. And its performance is also very good. It is one of those I have that I'd put to use if I should buy a K-1. Being so small and light it would offset the weight factor of the K-1. But the concept really was for compact bodies. Nice on my MZ-S.
The first legacy AF Pentax lens I bought was the F35-70. Some refer to it as a stack of primes. All I know is that it consistently produces warm, full colors and is small and fast. I've bought 5 of them over the years and the first one is still the one on my cameras. 3 of the others have been sold off and the 5th has a broken plastic part
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I got one about the same time as my K1. Itís a really nice lens on the K1, though the zoom range is pretty short by todayís standards...

Iím also not fond of how the F lenses are put together or the way they look. But optically I canít fault it for the price...

-Eric
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
The first legacy AF Pentax lens I bought was the F35-70. Some refer to it as a stack of primes. All I know is that it consistently produces warm, full colors and is small and fast. I've bought 5 of them over the years and the first one is still the one on my cameras. 3 of the others have been sold off and the 5th has a broken plastic part
I have two. It's one of my favourite lenses. I love your "stack of primes" analogy!
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I have two. It's one of my favourite lenses. I love your "stack of primes" analogy!
Some here called it that years ago. Always struck me as apt.
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And the big scuff across one side cutting through the printed numbers for focal length really should bring the price down.
And there's a deep chunk missing in the lens body in picture 2. And a chip in the zoom ring in picture 3.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TwoUptons Quote

Iím also not fond of how the F lenses are put together or the way they look. But optically I canít fault it for the price...

-Eric
The way they look is frankly questionable.
The way they are "put together" is a totally different affair.
Pentax-F lenses are better built, under the plasticky hood, than most AF objectives.
If you open them, you'd still find brass and retaining rings, not the glued plastic assemblies quite common in late FA optics...

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