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12-15-2014, 05:59 AM   #1
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FA* 24 f2 AL [IF] - $500 Marketplace Listing

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FA* 24 F2 AL [IF] - $500

Asking Price
500.00 USD

Item Location
New York City (United States)

Item Description
Selling this lens to make up for buying a DA 20-40 F2.8-4. Making a dedicated thread for this lens to close out my other sale thread, which has been cluttered with replies. Lowering the price to $500 shipped, and will entertain offers. Pentaxforums user reviews here: SMC Pentax-FA* 24mm F2 AL [IF] Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

This lens is solidly built, and surprisingly small. It is optically clear without markings, and free of dust. The rear mount shows wear, but is clean and undamaged. There is some paint wear on the focus ring and the hood (which can be seen in the images of the lens), but nothing major. The lens autofocuses very quickly and is smooth in manual focus. It has a focus clutch that must be pushed back/forward to activate manual focus. The lens has always been a great performer for me, and it remains practically in the same condition as when I received it back in February.

The lens is quite sharp in the center, but weak in the edges. It has some distortion which is easily corrected in post. I will post images that show the correction, as well as the uncorrected files. The lens has very soft smooth bokeh at F2-2.8, and it is surprisingly good for portraiture when the distortion is removed. It is also relatively resistant to flare - I think it is more flare resistant than my DA*55 F1.4. While the corners may be softer, quite a bit of that is also due to the distortion. Some of the images I link will show quite good corners at F5.6-8. I am very sad to have to part with this lens, but I need to have a WR lens because I don't carry an umbrella with me when walking around.

The lens will come with the OEM hood and front cap. The rear cap is a Sigma lens cap, but makes no difference in my opinion. I will ship the lens via USPS priority with tracking and insurance, per the section below.

Lens images:

Lens sample images:

F13, 62s, ISO 100. Full size image:

F14, 66s, ISO 100. Full size image:

F2, 1/250s, ISO 100. Full size image:

Album here:
The album includes more real world shots, as well as some flat surface shots that show edge and corner capabilities. Each photo will include the full size image link in the comments for closer inspection.

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Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
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Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted within 7 days if item is defective or not as described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

12-17-2014, 05:25 AM   #2
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