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LBA is complete: FA* 250-600mm/5.6 – images of the lens
Posted By: Marc Langille, 10-14-2009, 06:03 PM

I am thinking my FA* LBA is complete... maybe...

Received the super telephoto zoom lens last Friday, but Iíve been quite busy these last few days! The stars finally aligned and I have purchased the same lens you see in our own PF lens review database. I had the honor of meeting up with the owner (Jay) of this lens in October, 2008 for a shooting session. A sincere thank you to Jay (aka Sirfishalot) for letting me spend some time with this lens last fall and come to the realization that itís in a class of itís own! Thank you again for packing it so well and shipping it to me...

Itís brilliant yet sharp wide open from 250mm through 600mm and really sharp stopped down just a bit. This is a larger lens at close to 13 pounds, but itís literally as new! I already have a Wimberley MK Gimbal that I will test drive to confirm its place in my support system arsenal, alongside my Arca-Swiss Z1 head that I normally use in a blind. Iíll be getting either the Gitzo 5541LS or Gitzo 3541XLS as the tripod of choice.

Here's a teaser shot of lens in the trunk... This shot was taken at F/7.1... to intentionally hide the lettering on the metal badge on the trunk...


Here's the badge detail on the trunk:






I opened the trunk and I see a nicely padded interior, cutouts and of course the beautiful curved silver surfaces of the FA* 250-600/5.6:





I pulled out the lens and removed the lens hood (aka hood bonnet):


Closer details of the lens barrel:


For some reason I like this one a great deal - a little tighter and it's almost like a product shot:



Here's the scale test - from left to right: trunk and accessories, Wimberley lens plate (P-50, which I already had), FA* 80-200/2.8, FA* 200/4 Macro, FA* 300/2.8 and FA* 250-600/5.6.


That little black lens in front of the FA* 200/4 Macro is the DA 50-200...


Last image for now - this is much better at showing the physical size of each lens:


I hope you enjoyed them!

Regards,
Marc

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10-14-2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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WOW!!!!! Thanks for sharing - feeling something horribly nauseating like lba creeping up after seeing these pics!
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What an array of metal and glass...
Never seen anything like it - other than on the Pentax lens catalogues...
A beautiful sight.
Look forward to seeing what comes out of this 250-600.
All the best with all your FA*s Marc.
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Mind numbing. In each case these lenses have no rivals. Not even close. Congrats Marc. Make sure you have a chat with your insurance agent.

I'm speechless.

10-14-2009, 06:51 PM   #5
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WOW!!!!! Thanks for sharing - feeling something horribly nauseating like lba creeping up after seeing these pics!
Ain't that the truth!!!
10-14-2009, 06:58 PM   #6
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Nice set!
10-14-2009, 07:03 PM   #7
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WOW!!!!! Thanks for sharing - feeling something horribly nauseating like lba creeping up after seeing these pics!
My honor Ari, but if you knew the prices, you'd be considering a bank robbery...

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What an array of metal and glass...
Never seen anything like it - other than on the Pentax lens catalogues...
A beautiful sight.
Look forward to seeing what comes out of this 250-600.
All the best with all your FA*s Marc.
Thanks Ash and I tried my best with with I had to use - honest!

They are beautiful lenses - even a hard core pro Canon shooter was stopped in his tracks by the FA* 250-600/5.6 - it's so unusual. That's saying something too. I am hoping some opportunities will arise in the coming weeks!

Cheers,
Marc
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Mind numbing. In each case these lenses have no rivals. Not even close. Congrats Marc. Make sure you have a chat with your insurance agent.

Thank you Peter and I agree about the optics being some of the best on the planet.

Thanks for the reminder regarding insurance and I'm getting ready to add that FA* 250-600/5.6. I think after hitting $15K in gear I'm going to have to change the clause a bit - we shall see...

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I'm speechless.

Yes, those lenses are truly a thing of beauty, no question!

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Wow Marc - it's a thing of beauty! Congrats!
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Marc, do you have to attend Army Artillery School to use those?
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Ain't that the truth!!!
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Nice set!
Thank you both!
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Wow Marc - it's a thing of beauty! Congrats!
Yes, it's quite a sight when I pull it out of the trunk! I agree - it's truly a beautiful lens - in terms of design.

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Marc, do you have to attend Army Artillery School to use those?


The good news is that I just need the Wimberley head and the Gitzo - I had lots of large weapon training last year, so I'm good to go!
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Congratulations Marc I know you have been looking forward to this for a long time. I know it's in good hands, We all will look forward to some samples soon.

When did you say the next workshop is?

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You know how we all praise Devisor for his wonderful shots of his wonderful subjects.....? :ugh:


.......not any more Devisor....ya been relegated to second position....... for now...



Marc..? so your gonna mount these on what..? a Ford 250? Chevy pickup ? Hummer ?

Congrats, eagerly looking forward to the mandatory LBA shot.
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A perfect lens and in perfect shape!! I'd be curious to see how it looks with a camera attached. Hope you shape some pics.

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