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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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09-13-2011, 12:41 PM   #46
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It sold for $7150.00 who had the second highest bid? mine was $3001.01

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I bid $3050.

Great minds Mike, great minds...

Still less than half the sale price though!
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QuoteOriginally posted by kcmadr Quote
I bid $3050.

Great minds Mike, great minds...

Still less than half the sale price though!
ok so far we have

1) 7150.00
2) 3050.00
3) 3001.01

Come on people i know there were more bids

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QuoteOriginally posted by MightyMike Quote
ok so far we have

1) 7150.00
2) 3050.00
3) 3001.01

Come on people i know there were more bids

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$2600

The irony is that this lens would likely sold for a far more reasonable amount had it not been for these threads.
Gotta love the intraweb

(and, it was fun nevertheless)

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1) 7150.00
2) 3050.00
3) 3001.01
4) 2600.00

lets see what the public was willing to pay for such a lens... keep the list growing, anyone over 3050.00?
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$4800 I figured if we won it for that, it would be such a deal we couldn't pass it up.
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I bid 2105.00 which was what I could afford.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MightyMike Quote
It sold for $7150.00 who had the second highest bid? mine was $3001.01
Mike, you've been spoiled by too many $150 F*600mm's.

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This is the count so far

1) 7150.00
2) 4800.00
3) 3050.00
4) 3001.01
5) 2600.00
6) 2105.00

Spoiled??? i paid a lot more then $150... but yes i did get a deal too. Anyone bidding on that 1200mm?
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I have plenty of connections in Ottawa so now I am curious... Who could it be?
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Wow, sold for $7150. Was not expecting to see it go that high.
Certainly not the bargain we'd hoped for.
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I was pretty sure my bid wasn't the winning bid. 7150 is a surprise though.
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Certainly Dave. I'm a bit surprised but Ottawa is a large city and maybe this venue isn't the 'secret' it is in other locations.
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I'm still trying to figure out why the demand - and therefore the price I guess - went up on this lens...

Any takers?
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What's for Sale - CADC

I think I'm seeing things, did they just relist the lens or is this another one?
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