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A* 600/5.6 sold for $2600
Posted By: Clinton, 11-15-2011, 06:08 PM

PENTAX SMC A 600mm f5.6 1:5.6 ED IF TELEPHOTO LENS w/CASE (0027075002159) | eBay



This really was a steal. It came and went so fast that I didn't even have a chance to post about it before it was gone.
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11-15-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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Nice lens, but am I the only one who questions the usefulness of a manual telephoto in the digital era?

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Nice lens, but am I the only one who questions the usefulness of a manual telephoto in the digital era?
Yes, I think you may be Adam...
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I'm the one who got it. I had previously tried to get another one that went out of my price range.

And (Adam) I use manual lenses all the time. I'll be selling my current 500mm f4.5 Takumar and 150-500mm Sigma that I just got this summer to cover part of the cost..

Now if I can just explain this to my wife...

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Nice lens, but am I the only one who questions the usefulness of a manual telephoto in the digital era?
That's a strange question from the man who founded the forum for and about Pentax, whose claim to fame (in the digital age) is the unparalleled backward compatibility with their legacy lenses.
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$2600.00, no wonder you got it stemked, congrats on a good buy.

I must admit, even with my AF 300/2.8 plus 2xTC (thus 600/5.6 equ), I'm finding I'm now just using Manual focus more and more..it just feels like a bit more control, and in most cases, I can react quicker than the AF as I know exactly what I want in focus and which general direction my subject is moving in next.
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Nice lens, but am I the only one who questions the usefulness of a manual telephoto in the digital era?
I think if they offered the FA* 600 again, these wouldn't be in as much demand, although $2600 for a 600/5.6 of any type is a pretty good deal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stemked Quote
I'm the one who got it. I had previously tried to get another one that went out of my price range.

And (Adam) I use manual lenses all the time. I'll be selling my current 500mm f4.5 Takumar and 150-500mm Sigma that I just got this summer to cover part of the cost..

Now if I can just explain this to my wife...
Well it's $400 than the last one that's sold. If you add that to the funds you'll get from selling your 500 and 150-500, with the savings you're really spending around $1200. (Or in proper LBA fashion you can say you saved $400 on a lens, and go buy a $400 lens...)



Nice work spotting the lens.

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I'm the one who got it. I had previously tried to get another one that went out of my price range.
...............Now if I can just explain this to my wife...
If she doesn't know about it yet, selling the other lens could just go towards paying for your funeral...

Cool lens
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Regarding the "spotting" the lens, I cheated. I had a search on ebay something like "600mm Pentax -test". I've had it up for several years now.You are right, it was about $400 less than the last one.
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And my wife is fine with it, provided I DO sell the other lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stemked Quote
Regarding the "spotting" the lens, I cheated. I had a search on ebay something like "600mm Pentax -test". I've had it up for several years now.You are right, it was about $400 less than the last one.
That annoying 250-600mm test chart!
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Nice lens, but am I the only one who questions the usefulness of a manual telephoto in the digital era?
They're very useful, Adam, and considerably less expensive than equivalent AF lenses.

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That annoying 250-600mm test chart!
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Nice lens, but am I the only one who questions the usefulness of a manual telephoto in the digital era?
Might be what you are used too.....I find manual more useful than AF when you start getting telephotos as the DOF can be so narrow, especially 600+ up.
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Nice lens, but am I the only one who questions the usefulness of a manual telephoto in the digital era?
I wanted it and I saw the auction when it was still open, hard not to press the buy it now button but it would have been at the expense of the house payment so obviously I could not, LBA has some bounds! If I was halfway through saving for an F* or FA* 600 and this came up I think I would have snagged it so I had the focal length available to shoot with instead of waiting for the stars to align for an autofocus alternative.
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