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04-10-2007, 08:57 PM   #1
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[SOLD] FS: FA*300 f4.5 & Manfrotto #3420

For sale: The legendary FA*300 f4.5 lens plus a Manfrotto #3420 telephoto lens support. This gorgeous lens produces images that are stunning and truly worthy of its reputation. If you've never used this lens you are in for a treat!

Reason for sale: I have somehow accumulated three 300mm lenses, so I have decided to sell the autofocus version that is in the best condition.

Location
Canada. I'll accept payment in US dollars or Canadian dollar equivalent.

Condition
Lens is very clean. Comes with original box, hood, front & rear caps. There are a few minor handling marks on the body of the lens (see photos in this thread). The glass is clean & clear, no fungus or oil on the blades. There are some minute dust particles inside the glass which will not affect images.

Condition of the Manfrotto lens support is New. I bought it for use with this lens but I've only had a chance to really use it once.

Price
FA*300. I have tracked 7 recent ebay auctions for the F/FA 300 lenses. Here's how I determined the price. I dropped from my calculations the highest price ($1633) and lowest price ($890, damaged). This removes any outliers. I then took the mean of the remaining prices: $1250, $1210, $1125, $1475, $1425 = US$1295.

I am willing to accept less from Pentaxforum members, so my asking price for the FA*300 will be US$1,250 or CAD$1,450 (using exchange rate 1.16).

Manfrotto #3420. Asking US$50.00 or CAD$60.00. It is quite useful if you use a tripod and don't want to worry about any lens droop. It is also very very useful as a ground-level 'pod or a table-top 'pod. In my honest opinion you really should get this since there will be times when you find yourself needing it.

Shipping
You pay shipping by Canada Post, with insurance & with tracking number. If I ship outside of Canada any import charges or taxes will be your responsibility.

Local pickup and payment is available in Edmonton, Alberta.

Payment & other details
I can take money order (international variety, must be cashable in Canada) or Paypal. All money orders will have to clear before I ship the lens (sorry, too many forgeries). If paying by Paypal I will ship within 3 business days after receipt of payment.

To manage risk on your side, you are free to ping anybody on the forums who lives in/near Edmonton, Alberta and ask them to check the lens out. If you want to have someone pick up locally and pay me in cash, that's fine too. I have sold & bought items on Pentaxforums, references available but I need to get the OK from the counterparties first. My eBay name is tranq78 (perfect feedback).

I will be posting pictures in the next message.

Thanks for reading, George.

04-10-2007, 09:46 PM   #2
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Pictures of FA*300 lens & Manfrotto 3420

These aren't great images. In fact, I'm slightly appalled at them. They were taken with a digital p&s and they are the best I could do in 10 minutes before my young family required my attention. Disclosure: I don't own a d-SLR and I can't believe how limited a p&s is. Plus I'm struggling with a dialup to upload the photos.

I've tried to show the front and rear optics. What you see are reflections. The optics are completely clean.

If you want a higher quality image, please send me a private message.
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04-10-2007, 09:58 PM   #3
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closeups of body

The problem with the silver finish of the FA* lenses is that they scratch easily. These marks are quite minor & you can see their small size relative to the serial number of the lens. However in the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to point them out.
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I am interested, will PM you.

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Sale pending.
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Great pictures. Smart inclusion of the ruler for a sense of scale!
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Lens has been sold.
 

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