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Pentax-A 1.2 starting bid $9.99 - what happened to this?...
Posted By: clickclick, 08-29-2018, 07:10 PM

Looks like it could have been dug up at the beach almost. At least the listing is honest:

SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.2 Super Fast Lens For Pentax LX, ME Super Etc Cameras | eBay

Always wonder what the story is behind something like this.
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08-30-2018, 05:52 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
Fungus can happen during storage. The dents and abrasion on the exterior are a mystery. It's not just from a few drops onto concrete. It looks like hundreds of small impacts.

Was the lens rolling around in someone's car trunk for years???
I think maybe the engine, rather than the trunk.

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Somebody actually bid on it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
Somebody actually bid on it.
I could see it being a good gamble for the glass - if its really just fungus on the inside, it looks like it's possibly cleanable.


Or, it could be a good price for a lens to attempt to fix, regardless of if one succeeds.
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Is that fungus or just hundreds of scratches on the lens? I honestly can't tell. There's definitely some larger cracks in the glass.

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It and the camera it was on were dropped into a limb shredder?

Buy it and send it to these guys.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/173-general-photography/374560-lens-repa...engineers.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by serothis Quote
Is that fungus or just hundreds of scratches on the lens? I honestly can't tell. There's definitely some larger cracks in the glass.
The description mentions fungus. There's so much fungus that it hides any scratches.
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Maybe used by a photographer in a/the Middle East war(s).
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
The description mentions fungus. There's so much fungus that it hides any scratches.
ah yes. reading the description would have helped. I was just mesmerized by all the damage, yet still looked relatively intact.

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QuoteOriginally posted by serothis Quote
ah yes. reading the description would have helped. I was just mesmerized by all the damage, yet still looked relatively intact.
Yeah, the body looks horrible, but yet doesn't really seem to have any real dents/ distortions, mostly paint damage and fungus.
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Saw this one listed previously last couple weeks with bids up past $60 .. didn't follow to the end, so wonder what happened.
Poor thing!!
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"There are issues with this lens"

No kidding! At least they're honest.
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High school equipment?
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High school equipment?
The filter ring isn't bent...
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Looks to me from the highlights/reflections on the rear element there are a fair number of scratches.
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Looks like it had lengthy submersion.

At least it doesn't say "EXCELLENT+++ MINT" like so many listings for iffy stuff does nowadays.
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