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FA* 200 Macro, A* 300 2.8, FA* 300 2.8
Posted By: Julie, 06-07-2012, 05:50 PM

You rarely see these on the used market (or any market, for that matter, there's only 1000-something of them made!), excellent macro lens.

Pentax FA* 200mm f/4.0 Macro IF ED Lens 200 f4.0 f4 SMC | eBay

Edit: They've also got an A* 300 2.8 and FA* 300 2.8! Man, they're loaded!

Pentax A* 300mm f/2.8 ED IF Lens 300 f2.8 SMC A Star 0027075036703 | eBay

Pentax FA* 300mm f/2.8 ED IF Lens 300 f2.8 SMC FA Star | eBay

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06-09-2012, 12:23 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I was just looking the other day at an FA 300 2.8 at a dealer near (near being a relative term) me. He wants $6300 for it. That one was a steal.
???

If I remember correctly they've always sold for around US$3,000 on this forum - and the last one I saw for sale on eBay (in the UK), in good condition no particular flaw etc... sold for 1,500 (~US$2,300).
US$4,000 for an FA*300/2.8 sounds awfully expensive to me.

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Hi everyone,

The eBay listings are mine (well, my company's). I hope it is okay if I reply to this thread, I did pay for the ability to sell on Pentax Forums so I guess it is okay!

I've sold a number of FA* 300/2.8 lenses for around this price. It is true that prices have climbed over the past few years, partly due to the very strong yen which has gained 40% vs the US$.

As an example, Canon 300/2.8 lenses sold new for $3800 at B&H a few years ago. Now they sell used for more than that and the new II model is $7300. Sony is charging $7k for their 300/2.8 which they inherited from Minolta (and haven't changed from when it was developed in the film-era, to my knowledge). Nikon is a relative bargain right now at $5800. If Pentax came out with a new 300/2.8 today I would be shocked if it was priced less than $7000, and would actually expect it to be closer to $7500.

If you want some incredible sticker shock have a look at what Canon is selling their 600/4 for now: $13,000!!

Companies like Sigma are much cheaper, especially in the used market. Some of their products are quite good, personally I really like their 120-300/2.8 lens and it's a real bargain especially now that they have added OS to it. That said, it's not a Pentax 300/2.8 and the images it produces won't have the same look. It depends on the individual's priorities and budget I guess.

Anyway, if anyone has any questions I'm happy to answer them either in the forums or via PM.
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Especially since I saw the legendary 250-600 go for about 7000 at public auction, but hey, I just read the guy's catalogue. I guess a lot of dealers, if they paid 3 for it, they want 6.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ibuyjp Quote
Hi everyone, The eBay listings are mine (well, my company's). I hope it is okay if I reply to this thread, I did pay for the ability to sell on Pentax Forums so I guess it is okay! I've sold a number of FA* 300/2.8 lenses for around this price. It is true that prices have climbed over the past few years, partly due to the very strong yen which has gained 40% vs the US$. As an example, Canon 300/2.8 lenses sold new for $3800 at B&H a few years ago. Now they sell used for more than that and the new II model is $7300. Sony is charging $7k for their 300/2.8 which they inherited from Minolta (and haven't changed from when it was developed in the film-era, to my knowledge). Nikon is a relative bargain right now at $5800. If Pentax came out with a new 300/2.8 today I would be shocked if it was priced less than $7000, and would actually expect it to be closer to $7500. If you want some incredible sticker shock have a look at what Canon is selling their 600/4 for now: $13,000!! Companies like Sigma are much cheaper, especially in the used market. Some of their products are quite good, personally I really like their 120-300/2.8 lens and it's a real bargain especially now that they have added OS to it. That said, it's not a Pentax 300/2.8 and the images it produces won't have the same look. It depends on the individual's priorities and budget I guess. Anyway, if anyone has any questions I'm happy to answer them either in the forums or via PM.
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Yes, I'd much rather see your fine collection of lenses offered here first, as I rarely browse eBay, but frequently look for items here.

Also ibuyjp, how's the process coming for your lens manual website?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ibuyjp Quote
Hi everyone,

The eBay listings are mine (well, my company's). I hope it is okay if I reply to this thread, I did pay for the ability to sell on Pentax Forums so I guess it is okay!

I've sold a number of FA* 300/2.8 lenses for around this price. It is true that prices have climbed over the past few years, partly due to the very strong yen which has gained 40% vs the US$.

As an example, Canon 300/2.8 lenses sold new for $3800 at B&H a few years ago. Now they sell used for more than that and the new II model is $7300. Sony is charging $7k for their 300/2.8 which they inherited from Minolta (and haven't changed from when it was developed in the film-era, to my knowledge). Nikon is a relative bargain right now at $5800. If Pentax came out with a new 300/2.8 today I would be shocked if it was priced less than $7000, and would actually expect it to be closer to $7500.

If you want some incredible sticker shock have a look at what Canon is selling their 600/4 for now: $13,000!!

Companies like Sigma are much cheaper, especially in the used market. Some of their products are quite good, personally I really like their 120-300/2.8 lens and it's a real bargain especially now that they have added OS to it. That said, it's not a Pentax 300/2.8 and the images it produces won't have the same look. It depends on the individual's priorities and budget I guess.

Anyway, if anyone has any questions I'm happy to answer them either in the forums or via PM.
Thanks for the message, quite informative.

But US$7,000 for a 300/2.8!!?? Six times more expensive thann the DA*300/4? The Nikon 300/2.8 might cost 7 grand indeed, but it is stabilised.
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But US$7,000 for a 300/2.8!!?? Six times more expensive thann the DA*300/4? The Nikon 300/2.8 might cost 7 grand indeed, but it is stabilised.
So is the Pentax lens

But $7k is way high, 300 F2.8's should be in the 3-4k range tops.
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG Autofocus Lens for Pentax 195109 B&H

sigma's 300 F2.8 is $3.4k new!

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I paid <$1k for a Canon FD 300/2.8L in great condition and marginally more for FD 500/4.5. Is AF really worth all that money?

For those of us who are content with MF, telephotos are a bargain. Granted FD lenses are a bugger to adapt to Pentax, but on a NEX mount with all their manual focus assistance, they are not bad at all and I am a relative newbie to MF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DanielT74 Quote
Is AF really worth all that money?
It's more than that. My vision isn't constant. I'm only 31 years old, but due to my health it's difficult to focus manually in DSLR offerings from Pentax. I also shoot a lot of film on MF Pentax bodies. Focusing isn't a problem there, but I grew up with my K1000 and for the last 20 years using it I'm used to the large, bright viewfinder. I'm used to the image "snapping" into focus as I turn the ring.

The viewfinders on my DSLRs are sad in comparison. I use AF most of the time on my K10Ds because it isn't very effective, for me, using MF, even with the O-ME53 magnifier attached. I think the biggest reason I'm so supportive of a FF Pentax digital is for the benefit of a nice and large viewfinder similar to those on many of the older Pentax cameras, e.g., ME Super, LX, MX, etc. I'd be happy with a large viewfinder resembling the older ones on the K-5 replacement, but that's about as likely as a Pentax FF .

These fine examples of Pentax FF lenses deserve a FF camera, whether it's AF or MF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
It's more than that. My vision isn't constant. I'm only 31 years old, but due to my health it's difficult to focus manually in DSLR offerings from Pentax. I also shoot a lot of film on MF Pentax bodies. Focusing isn't a problem there, but I grew up with my K1000 and for the last 20 years using it I'm used to the large, bright viewfinder. I'm used to the image "snapping" into focus as I turn the ring.

The viewfinders on my DSLRs are sad in comparison. I use AF most of the time on my K10Ds because it isn't very effective, for me, using MF, even with the O-ME53 magnifier attached. I think the biggest reason I'm so supportive of a FF Pentax digital is for the benefit of a nice and large viewfinder similar to those on many of the older Pentax cameras, e.g., ME Super, LX, MX, etc. I'd be happy with a large viewfinder resembling the older ones on the K-5 replacement, but that's about as likely as a Pentax FF .

These fine examples of Pentax FF lenses deserve a FF camera, whether it's AF or MF.
Shhh, don't get everyone started in a FF discussion.

I too love the big bright viewfinder of the ME Super, today's Pentax DSLRs don't even compare.
Even after trying out some of the best current AF lenses out there for Pentax, I find that I prefer MF but the tiny, dark VF makes it a little harder.
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Oh and another 300mm 2.8 on the Indiana CL, this ones a bit pricier though and it is the manual focus (A*?) one ---> PENTAX K MOUNT 300 F2.8 EDIF TELEPHOTO LENS
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Even if a Pentax FF appears it is likely the viewfinder won't match the old film camera viewfinders. Today viewfinders are not really optimized for manual focusing.

When the mf 85 1.4, 135 1.8, and 300 2.8 A series lenses came out a Pentax rep loaned them to me for a month. Could have bought all three demos for under 2K! Already had Olympus Om 350 2.8 so I passed. Wish I could take that decision back.
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