Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
08-04-2010, 05:03 AM   #1
Veteran Member
TOUGEFC's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brisbane
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,561
FA 43mm f.19 LTD

Are you selling the smc fa 43 f1.9 limited "made in japan" copys or the "assembled in vietnam" copys?

Thanks-
Simon

08-04-2010, 06:40 AM   #2
Pentaxian
builttospill's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Utah, Idaho
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,642
I think any retail business selling this lens as new is carrying the assembled in Vietnam versions. The made in Japan ones are only available on the used market.
08-04-2010, 08:05 AM   #3
Pentaxian




Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,994
Not true! I just got a 43 from B&H less than 2 weeks ago and it's MIJ. Did I get the last one? Probably not.
08-04-2010, 09:55 AM   #4
Pentaxian
builttospill's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Utah, Idaho
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,642
Sorry about the misinformation then. I thought all the new Limiteds were now AIV. Guess I'm wrong. Thanks.

08-04-2010, 11:09 AM   #5
B&H Photo Specialist
Chuck-B&H's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 856
QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
Are you selling the smc fa 43 f1.9 limited "made in japan" copys or the "assembled in vietnam" copys?

Thanks-
Simon
Hello,

I had our Store Manager call one of the lens up from inventory and the lens is marked Made in Japan.


C h u c k C a p r i o l a
Live Chat and E-Mail Sales Manager B&H Photo-Video

Thank you, we appreciate your business.
*** Peace on Earth ***
08-04-2010, 12:34 PM   #6
Veteran Member
TOUGEFC's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brisbane
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,561
Original Poster
Thank-you Chuck.
08-08-2010, 06:08 PM   #7
Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Severna Park, MD
Posts: 120
Be careful, when i called and asked if they carried the MIJ version of the 31mm, they guaranteed me that it was, even directed me to the GSA section of their site, which does and still list it as MIJ ( though that was few months ago). Seeing the price was much lower than the competition, I went ahead and bought it. Just as my suspicion proved me correct, it was an "Assembled in vietnam" version ( B&H # PE3118FAB , does have a contract number). Sent it right back and lost the shipping fee. Apparently they haven't updated their information systems to reflect actual goods they have on the shelves...

the 43mm might still be MIJ, it really depends on how much of the "old stock" MIJ still left on the shelves. From what i know, the 31mm currently in stock now is all assembed in vietnam, and same goes for 77mm that they carry.

Last edited by blackbirdoor; 08-08-2010 at 06:14 PM.
08-08-2010, 09:50 PM   #8
Pentaxian




Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 7,411
I got a MIJ 43/1.9 directly from Pentax recently, while the 77 and 31 that I also got from Pentax were MIV.

YMMV.

08-09-2010, 03:35 PM   #9
Pentaxian




Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,994
I honestly think that as time goes on, the country of origin becomes less and less important. I just got an AIV 77 that leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. It's tight as a drum and seems perfect to me. I had a MIJ 77 a while back and, though there was certainly nothing wrong with it, I never could really warm up to its IQ. Not the case with the AIV one. I loved the very first shot I took with it. Now, it could be that my photographic sensibilities have "matured" over the last year or so, but if I had been as enamored with the MIJ as I am with the AIV, I never would have sold it. I think maybe they just had some typical teething problems when they moved production to Vietnam but they have it licked, now. If I ever decide to get a 31 (don't plan to at this point), it wouldn't bother me in the least to get a AIV version.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
fa
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
About Fa 43mm ltd David Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 430 10-16-2013 07:35 PM
the FA 43mm DanLoc78 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 06-05-2009 10:59 AM
Where to get the 43mm? ankit Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 01-24-2008 06:42 PM
40 or 43mm chals Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 8 05-15-2007 02:37 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:14 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top