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02-18-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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FA 50mm f/1.4 ... is it avaible "new" ?

I'm confused. I thought for some reason that these were no longer in production. Are they still in production?

What would you expect to pay for a new one? (I see pentax imaging lists 429 and Amazon lists $360, but is that reasonable/correct?). Is it possible there is a sale on FA lenses going on that would account for a cheaper price?

I apologize for pestering you good folks with this info but if you can bear with me, I think I may have found a source of this lens for crazy cheap. After I confirm all this I will share my source so you all can benefit, too!

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Sounds interesting!
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As far as I'm aware, this lens is still being offered new. The sad part is that in 2008, they were only about $150-200ish new.
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keep in mind the price hike has been unilateral...

its still an amazing lens for 360 bucks

02-18-2010, 02:44 PM   #5
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This German price search engine shows 7 sellers for the FA 50 1.4 (as of today), starting from about 450 EUR up. They all have it in stock.

If I remember correctly there were prices of 300 or less one year ago. Maybe remaining stock.

Pentax smc FA 50mm f1.4 Standard-Objektiv: Objektiv Preisvergleich - Preise bei idealo.de
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You get better results here, starting at €339,- in Germany:
Pentax Objektiv smc FA 50mm 1.4 (20817) Preisvergleich bei Geizhals.at EU
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It's ridiculously expensive here in Australia. At a trustworthy store 'Teds' it costs $749.95!!!
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so you should buy the US ones then flip them locally

???

PROFIT!

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I bought one last week for GB£299.

Now - how on earth do you work it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oggy Quote

Now - how on earth do you work it!
It's just like any other lens, with an A setting. Turn the aperture ring so the dot points to the A
You may have to press a button to turn it the last notch, there's only one button on the lens to choose from.
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I'm having mine reco'd by Pentax japan atm after I accidently killed it. So it'll be close to new lol
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
It's just like any other lens, with an A setting. Turn the aperture ring so the dot points to the A
You may have to press a button to turn it the last notch, there's only one button on the lens to choose from.
Hi LL - thanks for your answer, but that's not quite what I am having problems with - I am just not used to a lens with so small a DOF.
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