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01-25-2009, 08:51 AM   #1
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Vintage Pentax Macro Lenses

I'm searching for information on the availability and value of two vintage Pentax macro lenses.
Pentax A f/2.8 100mm Macro
Pentax A* f/4 200mm Macro
Both are in mint condition and I'm wondering if I should insure them, and if so, for what replacement costs.

Any information will be appreciated.
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01-25-2009, 08:57 AM   #2
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Some of the macro shots on my web site were shot with these lenses, primarily with the Pentax A 100mm f2.8 ... it's a great lens.

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You can check the lens reviews database for some rough values.
100mm Pentax Lens Review Database - 100mm F2.8 Macro

Which would be somewhere around $600-700

200mm Pentax Lens Review Database - 200mm F2.8 ED
Which will be around $1000 + on the used market.

Both are discontinued and rare, particularly the 200mm There are really no replacements directly although the closest to the 100mm might be the DAF100mm f2.8 at around $799 (MSRP) and the 200mm might be the Sigma 180mm at about $1250 (MSRP)
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Yousuf, thanks for the lens database information. I also have the DAF 100mm and the Sigma180mm. I prefer to use the vintage Pentax macros, especially the A 100 over the DAF.

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Don't I wish I was Yousuf !!

Beautiful work in the gallery. Welcome to the forums and hang around periodically to share your stuff. Unfortunately there are not "direct" replacements for these 2 great lenses.
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Ed,

Beautiful gallery.

I was going to point you to the lens database page. However, PZ already did that. You can also check used lens prices from KEH, Adorama, B&H. That will give you a good idea.

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PZ, I forgot to put quotes around "Yousuf!" Thanks for the comments on my photos. I have enjoyed nature photography for a lot of years and am now located in a great place for photographing birds. I primarily use the K20D with either the Sigma 50-500mm or the Pentax DA* 300mm f4 depending on whether I want to use the tripod or hand-hold the camera. I think the DA* 300 is a great lens and I'm hoping Pentax will issue a DA* 500mm in the not too distant future. I would welcome a DA* 400mm too.

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Subho, thanks for the information and the comment on my pictures.

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Edwin, You probably already know about this lens but you don't have to wait. The Sigma 500mm f4.5 EX is a stunning lens. We had a member here some time ago that used this lens almost exclusively and posted some incredible shots with it. The lens and Pentax camera combo were so good in his hands, he got a job offer that included switching away from Pentax
Some of the pictures are here;
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/28886-kingfisher-family-feeding-time.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/25542-purple-heron-update.html

Also check out Marc Langille (google his site) and much of his long stuff is with that lens or the FA*300mm f2.8
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Peter, I have been browsing the links you provided, including some of your work. All very impressive. Yes, I have considered the Sigma 500mm f4.5 but think I will wait to see what is revealed during PMA in March before I purchase another lens. I appreciate the feedback to my post on the macro lenses. Ed

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The A* 200mm f4 Macro is rare and highly praised. It might not be rare in production numbers, but it's rare in number of people willing to sell. I have seen prices just short of $2000 US on two different lenses. One sold and one didn't. Can you tack on the difficulty of finding another copy or testing possible altervatives to replacement costs?
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Nice gallery Ed. Tell me you used the Pentax A 100 macro for those shots. I have one and I'd like to think I could be that good some day.

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Just1MoreDave, thanks for the information on the A* 200mm f4. I assume if you are insuring a specific item for replacement value you can value it anyway you want. Of course under regular household insurance, or other general coverage insurance, the agent can determine the replacement cost offered to you for replacing a stolen or damaged item.
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8549tomg, yes, many, if not most of the macro shots were taken with the Pentax A 100mm macro lens. It's a very good lens. At least my copy takes sharp pictures. To me it doesn't matter than it's a manual focusing lens because even if I'm using an auto macro lens I normally use it in the manual mode.

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