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06-14-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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Rarest on sale - 135mm f/1.8

Not my lens. I post so those with $$$ can get what (i understand) is one of the rarest and best pentax lenses.

@RARE@ PENTAX A*(STAR) 135mm F1.8 fit K20D K10D 135/1.8 - eBay (item 120381694990 end time Jun-21-09 00:40:52 PDT)

Anyone ever used this lens? Apparently very rare, very expensive and just as good as the very high price. (could this lens become worth even more if a FF body came out)

06-14-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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It's not that rare really, just being hyped up some years ago and the price inflated. Optically, the A*85/1.4 & A*200/4ED Macro are the ones that can really rival others. The rest are just hype.
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It is quite a sight to behold. And think of the bokeh...
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QuoteOriginally posted by wlachan Quote
It's not that rare really, just being hyped up some years ago and the price inflated. Optically, the A*85/1.4 & A*200/4ED Macro are the ones that can really rival others. The rest are just hype.
Interesting... Well for comparison purposes, what do the A*200 and A*85mm cost? (roughly)

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QuoteOriginally posted by jk333 Quote
Interesting... Well for comparison purposes, what do the A*200 and A*85mm cost? (roughly)
I haven't followed the used markets for quite some time so I have no idea.
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I think regardless of IQ (which is probably pretty awesome even if it doesn't match the 85 or 200), the lens is going to be pricey due to the fact it really is the ONLY lens with anywhere near these specs ever produced by Pentax.

I'd give up a toe or two for one.
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A mint condition A* 135mm sold on ebay a few months ago for $1326 I believe. I bid $1300 and narrowly missed getting it.

As for A* 85mm and 200mm macro, I got the former for 1200 and the latter for 1500 about 4 months ago.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Votesh Quote
A mint condition A* 135mm sold on ebay a few months ago for $1326 I believe. I bid $1300 and narrowly missed getting it.

As for A* 85mm and 200mm macro, I got the former for 1200 and the latter for 1500 about 4 months ago.
Oh man, pentax lenses are so expensive compared to Canon. I remember getting 135mm f2 for one grand.

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It is not "hyped" at all.

There is a reason why Bojidar Diminotrov says that the *135 is on the market once per year and the *85 is available several times per year.

There is a reason why Colwell in his price list invents a category of its own for the FA*50/2.8 macro + A*85/1.4 + A*135/1.4 + A*200/4 macro + FA*80-200/2.8 calling them "great, exceptional, best of the excellent".

There is a reason why the A*135/2.8 has been about 50-100% more expensive than the A*85/1.4 (someone even payed 2050Euros for a copy last year).

Having both the A*85/1.4 and the A*135/1.8 in my bag I can tell you that I rate the A*135/1.8 higher in two ways: 1) It is sharp even wide open while the A*85 is very soft wide open 2) It is better for self defence (865 g solid glass and metal).

Here is my copy with some data (not as mint as the one on ebay, even though I never had to use it to defend myself, not even on any of the many rock concerts where it served me well):


Only rare thing with that ebay add is that they claim it has a built in lens hood. My certainly has not.

The combined effect of the global economical troubles and that Pentax has been launching more DA* lenses (though I hold the A* lenses higher) is probably less inflated prices. I don't think I will see anyone pay 2000Euros again for the A*135, but they will never be cheap. Just hope not all end up with collectors. They should be put in use. Too expensive? If you have the money they are certainly worth it. Funny thing is though that I payed about 350Euros for my A*135 second hand in 1993! Should have baught more A lenses back then!

The A*200 macro is a lens I'd really would like to have...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Votesh Quote
As for A* 85mm and 200mm macro, I got the former for 1200 and the latter for 1500 about 4 months ago.
If I could find the FA or A* 200 macro for what you paid I would grab it for sure.
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My A* 200mm has a little bit of cosmetic damage, but it's mainly just some missing paint. The glass and mechanics are fine though. Needless to say, even with some cosmetic blemishes it was worth the price. I got lucky in that I offered $1500 on it when it had a listed BIN price of $2200. It's quite nice. The A* lenses are in a league of their own IMO.

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If I could find the FA or A* 200 macro for what you paid I would grab it for sure.
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Oooh, but that looks like a cool piece. I'll be prowling the Goodwill stores for one.
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The pentax A* 85mm performed better than or equal to the Canon 85mm 1.2 L in every category except for purple fringing wide open, and obviously having 1.2 as an available aperture, in a test performed by 16-9.com(I think that's the site). And all for about 2/3 the price. Granted, you have to buy it used and don't have 1.2, but the point is, the high prices aren't for nothing.

Old Pentax lenses retain their prices because they are compatible with current cameras, and often because they are of outstanding quality. Unfortunately some of them also retain their prices because there is no current equivalent lens offered.

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Oh man, pentax lenses are so expensive compared to Canon. I remember getting 135mm f2 for one grand.
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