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10-30-2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Pentax FA* 300mm, f2.8 on ebay, is this legit?

This lens shows up on ebay all the time and is listed as new. I have e-mailed them for an actual picture of the lens , rather than a stock picture, however they say they don't have it since the lens will be "made" after placement of the order through e-bay. I thought Pentax stopped making this lens a while ago, so it sounds kinda fishy. The seller apparently is a large e-bay seller out of Japan and has a good reputation, so what gives? Any thoughts? Here's the link below.

smc PENTAX FA * 300mm f/2.8 ED IF Brand New - eBay (item 180300027095 end time Nov-17-08 13:29:43 PST)

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these guys are the shit in a good way. you'll notice they also have an endless supply of A50 1.2's. they've shipped faster to me than i've received most things within North America. once i Bought It Now, i basically received an ebay message immediately after for address confirmation and received a tracking number. fantastic service, i don't think you'll find anyone who has anything bad to say about this seller. they are also well known by other brands too.
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Pentax still produces a couple of the FA*'s for special order. This lens, the 600 f4 and I think the 250-600 f5.6

I'd expect these will be in the 'secret' lineup until a new design is available.
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Thanks. I didn't know this lens was still available by special order.

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I purchased a used FA* 85 from this seller. Shipping was incredibly fast. Great experience.
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I purchased this exact lens from these guys a few months back. It showed up in less than 2 weeks but i can't remember exactly how long it took. It came with warranty card and everything in good shape.
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Seller is legit and knowlegeable but not cheap. They regularly sell hard to find quality Pentax lenses. I've dealt with them a couple of times and recommend them. The FA*300/2.8 has been around as NOS. Dave
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Does anyone know which seller is being refered to in this thread? Thanks.

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This seller here but they seem to be selling less Pentax these days and a few other Asian sellers are showing up with similar gear and Ebay listings that look very similar to each other.
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I bought a used Bigma from them a month or two ago and it arrived very promptly and its condition was flawless. The best thing about it was there were very minimal taxes owing, I believe because they ship via airmail. I wish I could afford more,
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Thanks for the replies! It is tough to know who is reputable on ebay.

G Money, For usability and results how do your bigma and DA*300 compare for wildlife/birding? (should your interests lie there.) For that matter, at 300 how close does your 55-300 get to those other 2? Thanks.

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Matsuiya is a larger camera electronics chain in the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan southwest of Tokyo. They did have quite a large collection of used Pentax FA glass in the store in Fujisawa that I visited, about 250 of them on the shelf. That was 2008 when I visited them.
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I bought my FA*300 F2.8 from them about a year ago but it was not the one in discussion here. They sold a few of them in a row and then that lens all but disappeared from ebay. It seemed like they must have come across a small batch of unsold copies. Mine came well packaged and included all warranty cards etc.
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