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FA 50/1.4 open box - One time good deal?
Posted By: Piscator, 07-27-2013, 01:21 PM

I was shopping prices on the FA 50/1.4 the other night, and an offer from Crutchfield came up via Google for an "open box" copy for $339. I took a chance on it and received it yesterday. Seems perfect--just a little exterior dust, like it was sitting on a shelf. The offer is not showing up there anymore, so maybe it was just the one? In any case, I can offer one good testimonial to their open box deals. They threw in a neutral density filter (which I doubt I'll ever use), but on the downside, they charged Virginia state sales tax. That surprised me.

FWIW, they're offering them brand new at $399: Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 Lens Standard-length prime lens for Pentax K-mount digital and film SLR cameras at Crutchfield.com

I wish I had begun my collection before the big price hike! I understand these were going for $200 just a few years ago.
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That is a great lens. Super fast AF, great bokeh, and wonderful colors. Only reason I don't have one now is that I bought the DA 55.
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Hah, don't hate me. I picked up a copy with a tiny bit of fungus in it for ~$50 a few months ago.

The Ebay listing said it had so much fingus that it was unuseable.

I cleaned it up and it is as good as new. You can only tell there was fungus if you hold it at a specific angle and look into it. It discolored the coating a tiny bit but it doesn't show up in the pictures.
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Re: your lens with fungus--How did you clean it up? Did you have to disassemble it, or did you just treat it with UV light or something?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Piscator Quote
Re: your lens with fungus--How did you clean it up? Did you have to disassemble it, or did you just treat it with UV light or something?
I had to disassemble it. I used 90% rubbing alchohol to clean the fungus off.

The hardest part was getting it back together without any dust getting in it.
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