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A* 200mm Marco f4
Posted By: blan01, 10-17-2016, 05:06 PM

Very rare, however it is too expensive in my opinion, but it's a good lens.
Near Mint Pentax A Macro 200mm F4 Lens for Pentax K Mount from Japan 957 | eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/EXC-SMC-PENTAX-A-MACRO-1-4-f-4-200mm-ED-STAR-Lens-RA...0/322296591003
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12-02-2016, 12:51 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
does anybody know the price or have a price listing of these when they were new?
This review mentions a August 1998 price of $950 for the A*. In the "for what it's worth" department, the CPI inflation calculator listes that as $1408.85

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QuoteOriginally posted by rgknief60 Quote
the CPI inflation calculator lists that as $1408.85
I presume this is in US currency?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
I presume this is in US currency?
Yes, USD. So it looks like the "rarity" factor has about doubled or tripled the original price of these lenses.
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It's a combination or rarity and quality. Both the manual and AF versions of the 200mm macro are possibly/probably the best macros Pentax ever made, among the best macros by any manufacturer. However, the 600mm f4 is also by any measure an outstanding telephoto, also extremely rare (probably rarer than either of the macros), but its typical used price is about 2/3 of the original street price, probably because that price is still crushing (around $4000 for the few I've seen on offer).

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There are at least 6 of these available now. I think prices have come down a bit on 3 of the original 4. One states a "cracked ring" in the description. Prices in USD.

*Near MINT* Pentax- A* Macro 200mm F4 Lens for Pentax K mount from Japan #957 - $2,449.99 + 30.00 shipping.

EXC+++ SMC PENTAX- A* MACRO 1:4 f/4 200mm ED STAR Lens *RARE* From Japan #1240 - $2.449.99 shipped.

EXC+++ SMC PENTAX A Macro f/4 200mm ED Lens from Japan - $3,381.00 + 39.00 shipping.

[Exc+++++] SMC PENTAX- A* MACRO 1:4 f/4 200mm ED STAR Lens from japan $2,199.00 shipped.

*Excellent+++* Pentax SMC PENTAX- A* 200mm f/4 Macro ED Lens from Japan #0557 - $2,299.00 + 50.00 shipping.

=Near Mint!!=smc PENTAX-A MACRO 200mm F4 ED 6620E - $2,999.00 shipped.

Edit: Make that 7!

* Excellent +* SMC Pentax-A* Macro 200mm f/4 F4.0 ED Lens from Japan - $2,591.61 + 32.00 shipping.

Edit: Did a different search, found nine. That's got to be a record for the most listed at once. Anybody remember more?

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QuoteOriginally posted by rgknief60 Quote
There are at least 6 of these available now. I think prices have come down a bit on 3 of the original 4. One states a "cracked ring" in the description. Prices in USD.

*Near MINT* Pentax- A* Macro 200mm F4 Lens for Pentax K mount from Japan #957 - $2,449.99 + 30.00 shipping.

EXC+++ SMC PENTAX- A* MACRO 1:4 f/4 200mm ED STAR Lens *RARE* From Japan #1240 - $2.449.99 shipped.

EXC+++ SMC PENTAX A Macro f/4 200mm ED Lens from Japan - $3,381.00 + 39.00 shipping.

[Exc+++++] SMC PENTAX- A* MACRO 1:4 f/4 200mm ED STAR Lens from japan $2,199.00 shipped.

*Excellent+++* Pentax SMC PENTAX- A* 200mm f/4 Macro ED Lens from Japan #0557 - $2,299.00 + 50.00 shipping.

=Near Mint!!=smc PENTAX-A MACRO 200mm F4 ED 6620E - $2,999.00 shipped.

Edit: Make that 7!

* Excellent +* SMC Pentax-A* Macro 200mm f/4 F4.0 ED Lens from Japan - $2,591.61 + 32.00 shipping.

Edit: Did a different search, found nine. That's got to be a record for the most listed at once. Anybody remember more?
So it is not rare anymore...
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QuoteOriginally posted by starjedi Quote
So it is not rare anymore...
prices should start going down ($100 max) then
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
It's a combination or rarity and quality. Both the manual and AF versions of the 200mm macro are possibly/probably the best macros Pentax ever made, among the best macros by any manufacturer. However, the 600mm f4 is also by any measure an outstanding telephoto, also extremely rare (probably rarer than either of the macros), but its typical used price is about 2/3 of the original street price, probably because that price is still crushing (around $4000 for the few I've seen on offer).
Thumbs up. Prices will vary and it will be a function of supply, demand and what the last person paid for it factor.

The 600/4 is an OUTSTANDING lens. I have the F*300 and F*600 and tested them both for an object about 45m away. The F*300 was awesome. The F*600 was STUNNING. I could see detail in flaking rust on the metal pole I focused on with the 600mm.

These old lenses command a high price not only because of the rarity but because they are simply amazing - bring on revamped versions I say (and I say this knowing it will hit my 'resale' value)

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QuoteOriginally posted by shardulm Quote
Exactly.
No sign of this upcoming macro lens yet
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