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FA*200mm F4.0 Macro
Posted By: oneill, 01-19-2016, 01:38 PM

Noticed this jewel on eBay

Pentax SMCP FA Ed If 200 mm F 4 0 If Ed Lens Perfect Condition A | eBay

I have one but it took 10 years to find it.

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01-19-2016, 06:57 PM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
The description says it is designed for digital cameras and has SDM autofocus
now my pair of FA*200mm f/4 ED [IF] Macro lenses look rather boring.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
now my pair of FA*200mm f/4 ED [IF] Macro lenses look rather boring.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
now my pair of FA*200mm f/4 ED [IF] Macro lenses look rather boring.
I wouldn't mind borrowing one (indefinitely)...
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Anyone remember what these sold for new? Looks like the Nikon is available for about $1,800usd.

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Not worth it! I'm living in Korea and still wouldn't buy it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
the Nikon is available for about $1,800usd.
The Nikon 200mm f/4 Macro isn't optically in the same league as the FA*200 ED Macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
The Nikon 200mm f/4 Macro isn't optically in the same league as the FA*200 ED Macro.
Wow, I had no idea of course never having touched either. I was mostly curious about what a re-release from Ricoh of the FA*200 macro would cost. If the Pentax is significantly better than the Nikon (and I only picked that lens because it came up in a search) then maybe the price shown in that listing is not so far off?

I have considered getting the 200 macro but I just cannot justify the cost based on the number of times I would use it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Man, if I'da knew that, I woulda charged more than the one I sold.
And you might have gotten away with it, but thanks!

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About $3000 is the going price for a mint condition copy of the Pentax FA*200mm f/4 ED [IF] Macro.
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why only FA*?

wondering why Ricoh doesn't plan to reissue some of those old star lenses like 85/1.4, 135/1.8, 200/4 Macro, 300/2.8. Or at least some of the old A-line lenses reissue with AF and maybe WR. Otherwise the K-1 won't be used that professional as it should be...
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QuoteOriginally posted by redbg Quote
wondering why Ricoh doesn't plan to reissue some of those old star lenses like 85/1.4, 135/1.8, 200/4 Macro, 300/2.8. Or at least some of the old A-line lenses reissue with AF and maybe WR. Otherwise the K-1 won't be used that professional as it should be...
More lens announcements are anticipated.
We don't know the whole plan yet. I guess we wait and see.
In the meantime, we do know what has already been made and sold; available on the used market.
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QuoteOriginally posted by redbg Quote
wondering why Ricoh doesn't plan to reissue some of those old star lenses like 85/1.4, 135/1.8, 200/4 Macro, 300/2.8. Or at least some of the old A-line lenses reissue with AF and maybe WR. Otherwise the K-1 won't be used that professional as it should be...
Some of these old A lenses had to be redesigned with the passage from manual to auto focus because they where non internal-focusing. A*200 macro is heavy and require a lot of turn to focusing the protruding front part. The same for that jewel that is the A*300/4, a very compact and precious lens that had to be redigendo as a much more long lens (and less fast) in the F/FA* 300/4,5 version, and a lot more large in the current DA*300/4 iteration. Not to mention the use of lead in the glass composition that is prohibited at least in the EU countries. So, I guess that many of those old design can't be reissued for new lenses.
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I don't think I should buy a lens that costs more than my car. Lol.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
I have considered getting the 200 macro but I just cannot justify the cost based on the number of times I would use it.
I would use it almost every day ( for 6 months of the year ), and I'd still have a hard time justifying the cost. But I've never used one. I might think differently if I had a chance to try one.

On the other hand, if I did own one, I'd probably be terrified to take it anywhere. Considering some of the mishaps my 100WR has survived, the thought of venturing into the wilderness with
a $3K lens makes me feel slightly queezy.
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Besides the crazy expense, I find that, in my experience, there's a point where having more working distance actually becomes a hindrance to good macro lighting. You need an even larger diffuser and much more flash power. While I love my poor man's 1:1 180mm macro (Tamron Adaptall SP 52BB plus 01F) when shooting with a Raynox in the roughly 1.5:1 to 3:1 range, I find the working distance actually a little too much when shooting with just the lens at or below 1:1. YMMV...
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