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02-21-2011, 03:23 PM   #76
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Just wanted to say that I had an FA 50/1.4 - not mine, even - fall apart in my hands as well this weekend. A fellow photographer and I went to a roller derby, and when she noticed that her K200D with the 50/1.4 on it wouldn't focus to infinity, I asked her to let me try the lens on my camera. I never even got to put it on my camera - as she handed it to me, I ended up with the glass and she ended up with the plastic mount.

I think she's going to spring for a new, non-FA 50/1.4 lens

02-21-2011, 04:23 PM   #77
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QuoteOriginally posted by wlachan Quote
The FA50/1.4 existed well before the digital era and I have never read anyone had them fallen apart. I think Pentax QC is just bad bad bad in recent years. Threadlock had to be properly applied during assembling and many loose focus rings and screws some people reported could be traced back to threadlock issue. The days that the Japanese workers took pride to do their jobs were long gone because they are now MIV.
I have 3 80-320 zooms, 1 MIJ, 1 MIT, and 1 AIV . The MIT is the sharpest of the three, the MIJ has loud grinding noise when focus while the the MIT and AIV do not ..... Well, go figure !

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