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10-08-2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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Montgomery Ward 500mm pentax lens

I saw this on craigslist. I don't really need a 500mm lens, but I wondered whether this was a good buy or a good lens:
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Hey Cl i have a Pentax Lens for sale here are the specs:
-500mm
-Multi-coated optics for enhanced contrast and reduced glare.
-14 inches long, weighs 24 ounces
-Aperture range: F/8 to F/32
-Carrying pouch included

Tri-Pod
-2 way head pans and tilts
-3 section tubular legs with center leg braces for rigidity
-Center elevator column raises and lowers camera
-Fast lever locks positive locking action.
-Extends from 19-49" in height

$120obo






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That looks incredibly similar to one of my earliest purchases for my K1000 25 or more years ago. With the exception of the sheets.

Does the lens have FIVE STAR around the front of the lens? Oh. I just realized you are looking at an ad.
That looks like the very same Five Star 500mm lens that I and a few others around the forum have. It is a useful lens but I think that is an all plastic tripod as well. If this is the Five Star 500mm f8 and plastic tripod, $120 might be a little too much. But those are my standards cause I already have a Five Star 500mm and two plastic tripods.
Here is an uncropped moonshot with my Five Star 500mm using a plastic tripod in February if that helps. Takes a steady hand with this long lens even though I think it is light weight for it's size.
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It's been offered several times on CL and is down to 75$.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dragonfly Quote
It's been offered several times on CL and is down to 75$.
There was a mirror 500mm lens on the Marketplace here for a fraction of that cost that might be just as fun for someone without a long lens.
$75 for that Five Star 500mm and tripod would be tempting to a frugal minded photography not too interested in crisp, sharp images or a tripod that will shake in a 20 mph wind. And that is the voice of experience talking here.

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Hey Dragonfly,

You must be in the SF Bay Area. I saw that CL ad for weeks now. What annoys me is that it is listed as a "Pentax lens." But maybe it's just me.

This Mamiya/Sekor 400mm F/6.3 is free if you pick it up at my office in Alameda (Park & Lincoln). It's fun if you don't have a long lens yet. Send me a PM if you are interested.
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That's very genorous of you but I don't have a screw mount adapter at this time. I also don't know what I'd do with such a lens.

I was really just wondering if the advertised lens was really worth the asking price.
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