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05-07-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Pentax DA*55 and 50-135, F*300, Tamron 28-75 (CAN/US)

Getting rid of the last of my Pentax kit, with one more lens to follow once it returns from service (hint, it's a DA*16-50 having its motor replaced and getting the full treatment--oops, that's been SOLD!).

Prices are in USD or CAD--your choice. Shipping is by Canada Post Expedited Parcel, which usually takes less than a week.

Pentax DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM, a modern classic. Wonderful portrait lens, with a beautiful, compact, rugged, weather-sealed build. I am the original owner, and have just had the SDM motor replaced. Works like new. Very little visible wear on the lens, but the hood has a few marks--nothing structural, but doesn't look new anymore. No marks on the glass, and aperture/focus is perfect.

$625 shipped and paypalled. Includes box, paperwork, pouch, original caps and hood.

Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8. Fantastic build and IQ, remarkably light and compact for what it does! I bought this lens used and it's still in excellent condition. No marks on the glass, and aperture/focus is perfect. The only thing to point out is that there are a few scratches on the mount, and a few chips in the dark grey area that you can see in the pictures. Still, it works like new and I've never had an issue with it. Oh, and the sticker over the CE appears to be peeling.

SOLD $775 shipped and paypalled. Includes box, pouch, original caps and hood.

Pentax F* 300mm f/4.5. Built like a tank, but this lens has been through a bit as can be seen in the photos. The removable tripod foot has also been altered (not by me) to be shorter. I love the compact build and the built-in hood, and the light weight makes it a great lens to handhold. Glass has no marks, but a bit of dust. Focus is fast and the aperture is snappy, but it does have an issue: When the lens is at f/4.5-f/6.3, it behaves as if it is wide open. When stopping down after that it is one stop behind. This is not an oily or stuck aperture, but the aperture lever seems a bit misplaced, as it meters properly when you apply -1 stop exposure compensation. Once you get used to that, it's a great lens to use.

I'm also including a like new Vivitar 1.4x AF TC with this lens!

SOLD $675 shipped and paypalled. The TC has the box and both caps; the F* comes with the lens, tripod mount and original caps.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8. Great range, and this copy looks like new. I don't think it's even been outside. I purchased it on eBay and found it had a focus issue. Finally brought it in to Amplis photo (the only Tamron repair facility in Canada) and they adjusted the focus and cleaned the lens.

SOLD $325 shipped and paypalled. Comes with the box and original hood and caps.

Photos to follow--thanks for reading!

DA* 55 and 50-135:

DA* 55:

DA* 50-135:


Vivitar TC:

Tamron 28-75:

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Payment sent for the 28-75mm. Thanks!
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PM replied--and I just clarified what lens was in for service (though I admit it spoils a bit of the fun).


The Tamron 28-75 has been sold

---------- Post added 05-07-12 at 08:19 PM ----------

I've had questions regarding the F*300 issue. It wasn't easy to diagnose or explain, but it is a mechanical issue, not an electrical one. I haven't looked into getting it fixed, nor would I personally--you can do what you want if you buy it --because it's an easy problem to work around, and it's a cheap copy of a great lens.

Here's a shot at f/6.3, as reported by the camera. You can see, though, that the aperture is wide open by the circles off to the right.

But it's still able to stop down. The next shot is at f/11, as reported by the camera, but the aperture is physically at f/8. You can see by the sunstars that the aperture is closing.

One more at f/8 (f/11 in exif)

f/5.6 (f/8)

Confused yet?
And another couple wide open:

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