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Pentax FA* 250-600mm Gov't surplus
Posted By: thorswolf, 09-07-2011, 06:09 PM

The Canadian Government's surplus site (Crown Assets) has posted a FA* 250-600mm f/5.6 lens for sale. Being in the region, I went to take a look today. The lens is in great condition, a few dings on the finish (normal) but the glass is pristine. Comes with case, filters, cover, etc. It is complete. The rather cute RCMP officer who showed it to me said it was 2 years old (I can;t vouch for this). I tried the lens and the clarity was excellent. Link below. Inside the case was a Pentax Forums printout from the lens database so they could "evaluate the value".

Right next to this drool fest lens is something that is going up in the next few days: an A* 1200mm f/8.

A few caveats:
I believe you have to be a Canadian citizen to be able to buy. Not sure about that. You may want to look further into it, or lean on a Canuck buddy for this one.
There is NO SHIPPING INCLUDED. It's pick-up only, so you have to make your own arrangements.
It's closed bidding so you place your bid and hope it's the highest.

This is legit, folks. I have bought quite a few things from there, including camera gear, musical instruments, jewelry, etc.

What's for Sale - CADC

Follow the link and type "Pentax" in the search field.

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09-10-2011, 04:35 PM   #31
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If I am not successful with my bid for that lens, I'll bid on Marc Langille's for $500.00 !!

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You are so kind....

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I already called Dibbs on Marc's lenses!
As you are too Clint. You guys crack me up.

Here's a good example of detail, wide open, some light sharpening because of noise reduction software - ISO 500 on a K10D is not fabulous!


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Other than being a tad slow (max. aperture at the long end), it's really quite the lens. For a zoom, it's phenomenal.

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Here's a good example of detail, wide open, some light sharpening because of noise reduction software - ISO 500 on a K10D is not fabulous!
Okay... How the HECK do you set yourself up so you know the hummingbird will come to that particular spot. I've seen a couple of your shots where you manage to catch great shots like that, and I would love to know how.
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Here's a good example of detail, wide open
You snuck into my yard to take that didn't you? I'd recognize my buddleia anywhere.

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You snuck into my yard to take that didn't you? I'd recognize my buddleia anywhere.
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Okay... How the HECK do you set yourself up so you know the hummingbird will come to that particular spot. I've seen a couple of your shots where you manage to catch great shots like that, and I would love to know how.
Not to go OT, but since Yves is the OP, I guess it's OK...

To answer your question: I spend a great deal of time with setup before the season starts or before I photograph. I will watch a subject - unless it's time sensitive - for a while before photographing it. That's where envisioning the shot comes in. It's a combination of vision, preparation, understanding and mastering light - knowing it's reflective properties. I kind of go on auto-pilot and become part of the subjects/scene. I am just grateful I have it. That's the short answer - honest.

Oh, I must say that patience, fast reflexes and subject compliance are also very useful!

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Thanks for the asnwer Marc... and I won't swerve off topic again, I promise... at least for the next 5 minutes or so.
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You are so kind....
No problem, Marc.

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You guys can now relax and take the bids up as high as you want for that very nice lens .... I quit!

Can't afford the "will be" price ... I will only assume that it will go for much higher than I would have expected.

Cheers to all.

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No way I can afford it but now I'm curious, what is the "will be" price at now? I'm guessing you need to be logged in to see it.
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They added an A1200 now.
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less then 4 minutes left on the 250-600
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Alright who won????
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Theres an A1200mm there
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Wow, sold for $7150. Was not expecting to see it go that high.
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