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Latest Review Posted SMC pentax-FA* 645 300mm F4 ED [IF]
I found this excellent lens used on eBay in Japan for a mere 625 U.S. $ (it still sells new for 4500 $). No fungus, no veiling, very nice external appearance and everything mechanical working properly. I clean used lenses thoroughly when I receive them : car polish on the painted surfaces, gentle cleaning of the glass and vigourous cleaning of the lens mount (electrical contacts, back flange and bayonet components). Delivery by FedEx took a little longer than usual because of the Labor Day break and the lens spent 3 days idling in Anchorage, Alaska, of all places ... It came without the PH-RBE 77 lens shade but I already have one as both the 645 FA* 300 mm and the 645 FA 400 mm share the same sunshade. The lens has a substantial feel (1,5 Kg), being rather long and narrow and having about the same diameter over its entire length. AF works satisfactorily but will hunt sometimes when the contrast of the scene is low. I had one chance to try it on the 645Z the first day after it arrived. Light conditions were dull at the end of the day. I got a very sharp first image handheld at ISO 200, 1/400 sec and f/8, the rest of the session was taken handheld at 1/60 sec at a lower ISO and all the resulting images were fuzzy on my monitor. The combo is front-heavy and requires faster shutter speeds to bring back sharp images. A tripod is almost a must to insure consistent results. The lens has a solid rotating tripo...

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