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08-22-2017, 09:02 PM   #13951
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kiwi110Auto Quote
I think i can say honestly that all our thoughts are with Ross and the extended family at this most sad time.
Thank you Hayden for doing this for me. I am running out of words, and broken at the moment guys.

Matthew died of heart failure as a result of an underlying infection. Too many questions about this, but we are working with the coroners office to get to the bottom of it.

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Ross, we're thinking of you in this extremely difficult time. Annie and my sincere condolences.
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Very Very sorry to hear of your loss.

I am going out to view that lens within the hour, although it is probably irrelevant now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by awa355 Quote
I am going out to view that lens within the hour, although it is probably irrelevant now.
Very relevant Awa, more relevant than ever actually. I am still bidding

Matt was a videographer as a trade - I would take stills, he would take the videos. I am intending to take heaps of images in the next while to remember good times with him, and to help heal a broken heart.

I will look forward to you reporting back with the info.

I will be happy enough if someone else wins, but I am intending to have a good whack at winning the auction


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Am so so sad and sorry to hear this news

Thoughts are with you all Ross.
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It is a beautiful lens. It was seeking focus on Auto but inside the house it did not have the distance to find focus, although I was getting some brief sharp images while the Af was seeking focus.
The tape was because the clip which holds the filter tray shut would release now and then. Phil had a second FA lens which did the same thing.

According to Mike this lens was priced at about $25,000nz when it first came out. That seems a bit over the top to me, but Phil got it for $12,500. Phil Browne ran a photography shop in Te Awamutu for many years. He was a real naturalist discovering one species of native frog that was thought to be extinct in the North Island. He had a book on NZ native birds on Mt Maungatautari just about finished when cancer took him a few months ago. His daughter is going to complete the book and the local district council will get it published.

Ross, I believe the FA lens is a good one. It would have been used but cared for by a top photographer.

Phil had a second such lens which was left to his niece.

At least now I can say I've had a $12,000 lens on the K50, made the camera look bloody small.



Now, these photos are of another of Phil's lenses which Mike will list after this auction closes. This is a MF lens in beautiful condition. A 135-600mm Takumar.
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QuoteOriginally posted by awa355 Quote
Ross, I believe the FA lens is a good one. It would have been used but cared for by a top photographer.
Thank you so much for going and checking it out Awa. I can bid with a lot more confidence now. Nice to know the AF is working ok, and that it is focussing and generally in good shape.

Just wow with the Takumar - what a lovely looking lens.

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At least now I can say I've had a $12,000 lens on the K50, made the camera look bloody small.
More than most of us can say at this point, well done
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I see on a review the minimum focus is 15'. That could be right, I was holding it and probably why it was struggling to lock focus. Definately not a 'walk around' lens.

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Ross, I am lost for words regarding your incredible loss. No parent should ever live to see one of their children die. My thoughts are with you.
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QuoteOriginally posted by awa355 Quote
I see on a review the minimum focus is 15'. That could be right, I was holding it and probably why it was struggling to lock focus. Definately not a 'walk around' lens.
At 5kg, I am thinking it is a heavy tripod and gimbal type of a lens. It is a good thing I have a few good walk around lenses like the 24-90
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Ross, I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you can get answers from the coroner that help you.
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Sad to hear of your loss, Ross. My condolences to you and your family.
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Hi Ross
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you Mate
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Ross, sorry to hear of your loss, Ross. Condolences to you and your family.
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QuoteOriginally posted by awa355 Quote
It is a beautiful lens. It was seeking focus on Auto but inside the house it did not have the distance to find focus, although I was getting some brief sharp images while the Af was seeking focus.
The tape was because the clip which holds the filter tray shut would release now and then. Phil had a second FA lens which did the same thing.

According to Mike this lens was priced at about $25,000nz when it first came out. That seems a bit over the top to me, but Phil got it for $12,500. Phil Browne ran a photography shop in Te Awamutu for many years. He was a real naturalist discovering one species of native frog that was thought to be extinct in the North Island. He had a book on NZ native birds on Mt Maungatautari just about finished when cancer took him a few months ago. His daughter is going to complete the book and the local district council will get it published.

Ross, I believe the FA lens is a good one. It would have been used but cared for by a top photographer.

Phil had a second such lens which was left to his niece.

At least now I can say I've had a $12,000 lens on the K50, made the camera look bloody small.



Now, these photos are of another of Phil's lenses which Mike will list after this auction closes. This is a MF lens in beautiful condition. A 135-600mm Takumar.
AWA thank you for checking it out, i will compete with Ross for the lens now... But you are right, on initial release the 250-600 was about $25k here in NZ, from memory, the last listed price in around 2004 was still $18k. They were not a light lens, believe it or not, they were popular with Fashion photographers for runway shows. The focal lengths gave the lens the ability for a photographer to capture a complete walk of a designers outfit from entry to head of the runway and give a nice perspective and show the whole outfit. Having shot a runway many years ago using a 70-200mm f2.8, the lens basically lived at 200mm and f2.8 for the show to get the perspective, whole outfit and shallow DOF, but was limited to the head of the runway where the models turned from the photo pit. That 250-600 would have been epic for a runway shoot
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