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Posted By: jatrax, 03-04-2013, 12:59 PM

"Showing on light wear from use": SMC Pentax F 1 2 8 50mm Macro AF Lens | eBay

Hate to see what he thinks heavy use would be.............
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03-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
"Showing on light wear from use": SMC Pentax F 1 2 8 50mm Macro AF Lens | eBay

Hate to see what he thinks heavy use would be.............
Me, too ... I would hate to see "heavy use" ... probably would mean the lens was in several pieces ...
03-04-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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It'd be nice to see the glass elements too.
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Ha!. To be fair, though, the paint on these F macros flakes REALLLLLY easily, which makes it quite difficult to find a pristine copy.

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Me, too ... I would hate to see "heavy use" ... probably would mean the lens was in several pieces ...


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lol where did he use this, in sandstorms?
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lol @ "Excellent condition, showing only light wear from use."
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
To be fair, though, the paint on these F macros flakes REALLLLLY easily, which makes it quite difficult to find a pristine copy.
Well, the numerous F50 f1,7 I've seen were pristine.

What bothers me is the grain-like pattern on the distance window. Is it caused by dust/sand that got inside the lens, or is it on the oustide?
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Well, the numerous F50 f1,7 I've seen were pristine.

What bothers me is the grain-like pattern on the distance window. Is it caused by dust/sand that got inside the lens, or is it on the oustide?
"Numerous?" Really? I only see the F pop up maybe 1/5 as often as I tend to see the FA. Of the only two completed listings on eBay in the last two months, one is clean, and one shows minor chipping. And then of course there is the one linked here.

Of the 3 copies of this lens that have passed through my hands, not one was without some chipping. My guess is that bad primer was used on the metal barrel of this particular lens, since the equivalent FA, with an almost identical body, rarely exhibits the problem. The F 135mm, which has a similarly constructed body also tends to chip, but seemingly not as often as the 50mm macro. The shorter F primes and zooms tend to have all-plastic exteriors and so don't have this problem.

The dust in the window is worrisome, but the guy apparently is offering 14 day money-back. This lens isn't terribly difficult to service, so if the price stays around the 50 bucks where it is currently and the glass is clean, it might be worth rolling the dice. If there are major problems, simply point to the guy's glowing description and ask for a return.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
"Numerous?" Really? I only see the F pop up maybe 1/5 as often as I tend to see the FA.
I wrote F50 f1,7, I was comparing with another lens from the same line, with potentially the same paint job, at least on part of the barrel.
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Ah, missed that. Yeah, the 1.7 has an all-plastic body, so it does not suffer from teh same problem. It's specific to the models with the paint-over-metal barrels.

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I wrote F50 f1,7, I was comparing with another lens from the same line, with potentially the same paint job, at least on part of the barrel.
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