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06-09-2007, 01:57 PM   #1
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Pentax lenses at a discount- can I trust it?

Hi everyone.


My husband is in New York and has found the following lenses at a discount at the corresponding rates, as they are the last lenses at the shop. Please tell me which ones must I grab and which must I regard skeptically. Also, what do you think of the prices? Can these be returned pieces or lemons?


1. SMC FA 100-300mm F 4.7 -- dollar143

2.SMC F17-28mm F3.5 to 4.5 -- dollar 226

3. SMC FAJ 75-300mm F4.5 to 5.8AL dollar 199

4. SMC FA 50 macro F2.8 -- dollar 191

5.SMC FA80-200mm F4.7 - 5.6 for dollar 68

all prices plus 7 percent tax



Also, are there any shops where one might find over-the-counter lenses instead of online? I am desperately looking for Pentax 40mm and Tamron 90mm macro.



Many thanks for any help.
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Personally I'd grab # 2 and 4, but that's because I don't have anything else comparable to them and I do the rest.
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
Personally I'd grab # 2 and 4, but that's because I don't have anything else comparable to them and I do the rest.
I agree with laker on this one. The FA100-300, FAJ75-300 and the FA 80-200 are consumer zooms. Lower quality. For the price charged, you can easily ebay some of the nice old lenses like the SMC A 70-210 and others.
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I'd agree as well

3 "I agree's" should do it. #2 and definitely #4 great deal. Lucky you that 50mm is a great lens.

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3 "I agree's" should do it. #2 and definitely #4 great deal. Lucky you that 50mm is a great lens.
Make that 3 Canadian "I Agree"s.
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There is no doubt that Fa 50 f2.8 macro is a real bargain. I would not think twice getting it. Even if the AF does not work any more, its image quality is invincible ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chilichoco Quote
Hi everyone.

2.SMC F17-28mm F3.5 to 4.5 -- dollar 226

4. SMC FA 50 macro F2.8 -- dollar 191

5.SMC FA80-200mm F4.7 - 5.6 for dollar 68

Also, are there any shops where one might find over-the-counter lenses instead of online? I am desperately looking for Pentax 40mm and Tamron 90mm macro.
No. 2 is a fish-eye zoom. This is a decent deal for this lens, but you have to understand what a fish-eye lens does (it is a special effects lens with lots of barrel distortion). Also, this focal length doesn't work well on a digital body, so plan on using it on film cameras only. If this is what you want, then go for it.

No. 4 is a great deal as the new 50mm Macro lenses usually sell for over $350 including the rebate.

No. 5 is a so-so lens, but the price is pretty good. Probably the best deal of the longer zoom lenses. If you want a long zoom for cheap, then you might consider it.

As to whether they are returns or defective products, there is no way for us to determine that without using the lenses. It is certainly a possibility that they were returns and that is why they are discounted. But many returns function perfectly; the original customer simply changed his mind or didn't know how to use the lens properly.

There are many retail camera stores in New York. I'd suggest B&H and Adorama. I've bought from them (mail-order) many times and always had a good experience. They should both have a good selection in the retail store.
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Thanks everyone !! This has been a big help




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