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04-04-2008, 10:50 PM   #1
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Pentax DA Star 300mm f/4

It looks like it is available for purchase now.

smc PENTAX DA Star 300mm f/4ED IF SDM Brand New - eBay (item 380011987261 end time Apr-27-08 22:04:22 PDT)

Does anyone here have it yet, or know of any sample pictures on the net?

If this preforms as good as the 200mm, I cant wait to get it.

04-05-2008, 04:46 AM   #2
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Have a look here:

PentaxUser.co.uk :: View topic - Pentax DA* 300mm F4 + K20D
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Thanks for the link. Looks very promising.
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That it does indeed. Thanks for the linked post.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kbrabble Quote
It looks like it is available for purchase now.

smc PENTAX DA Star 300mm f/4ED IF SDM Brand New - eBay (item 380011987261 end time Apr-27-08 22:04:22 PDT)

Does anyone here have it yet, or know of any sample pictures on the net?

If this preforms as good as the 200mm, I cant wait to get it.
The same vendor is also listing a DA 35mm MACRO.
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That's one mean looking lens. The images are amazing. Close focus is such a plus, good enough for butterfly shot. At 1.4m, anyone knows what kind of magnification this is?
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QuoteOriginally posted by aegisphan Quote
At 1.4m, anyone knows what kind of magnification this is?
According to PENTAX the magnification is 0.24x, or essentially 1:4.

A local retailer has them listed at $1399 CDN (though they have no stock as yet). It's definitely a lens I'm interested in seeing in the flesh so to speak.
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Still not available thru B&H or Adorama, etc...

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Reputed German dealer tekade told us that he starts shipping to preregistered buyers now but that it will be in "open sales" soon
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For those wondering about the sharpness of this lens, I've started posting some of my pictures with it and my K20D, I've only had 2 outings with it so far:
Flickr: Search Chirpy UK's photostream

It's a lovely lens. Light, versatile and SDM is great. There is a very small amount of PF wide-open in extreme circumstances, but the sharpness more than makes up for it.
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They are selling here for $1298.32 Canadian. I have bought lenses from them so they are reputable, if anyone was wondering.

As tempting as this lens may be I know I just can't afford it.

Maybe when the 55-300mm comes out later this year I can let the LBA bug bite me again.
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QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
They are selling here for $1298.32 Canadian. I have bought lenses from them so they are reputable, if anyone was wondering.

As tempting as this lens may be I know I just can't afford it.

Maybe when the 55-300mm comes out later this year I can let the LBA bug bite me again.
But they don't have any yet. I got my DA35 there last week though


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QuoteOriginally posted by thePiRaTE!! Quote
But they don't have any yet. I got my DA35 there last week though


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I bought a FA 50mm f1.4 from them recently. I had waited over a month for them to receive a backorder from Pentax. Sheena emailed me Monday and said the Pentax lenses arrived late Friday. I know my 50mm was in the shipment but not sure if the DA*300 was there too as I had not teased myself by inquiring about it. Eventually I would like a quality long lens to add to my collection, but I can't afford it right now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chirpy Quote
For those wondering about the sharpness of this lens, I've started posting some of my pictures with it and my K20D, I've only had 2 outings with it so far:
Flickr: Search Chirpy UK's photostream
Only up to 40% size images. Not possible to judge lens sharpness from the images you posted.
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