FA35 price


bladerunneruk

Link Posted 06/10/2012 - 21:52
Hi folks
not been here for quite a while, although was frequent contributor a couple of years ago.
Looking at lens prices after a quick read about the new DA560 and was utterly stunned to see the price of the FA35/2 in FA Ltd territory, WHAAAT!!!, my mrs jumped and nearly fell off the sofa, looked at me and asked what was wrong.

It's a good lens, a poor man's FA31, but not anymore at 690 park cameras, 619 at srs.

What's going on - the ricoh effect ?

K10D

Link Posted 07/10/2012 - 01:51
Although I don't have any of them, at that price, 619, it is obviously better than the Nikon AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D at 259.88 or the Canon EF 35mm f/2 at 217.99 on Amazon.

I suppose you only get what you pay for. Think of it as a safe investment that will only go up in value over the years as the masses realise that with esoteric prices, they must be the best.

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DaveHolmes

Link Posted 07/10/2012 - 11:22
I picked mine up used from Japan for 200ish... No way I could afford it new.
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Digital:
Pentax K5- Vivitar 19mm 3.8; FA35mm f2; D-Xenon 100mm macro f2.8; DA50-200mm WR...
Flash:
Yongnuo YN-560; Vivitar 285HV; Cactus V4 triggers...
Film:
Pentax-MX & M50mm f1.4; Spottie & 55mm f1.8; MG & M40mm 2.8...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveholmesphotos/

kingfisher

Link Posted 07/10/2012 - 15:40
690 park cameras, 619 at srs...that's heavily overpriced - i suppose those salesmen will come back to common sense when they realize nobody will buy that lens at those prices....no way
Last Edited by kingfisher on 07/10/2012 - 15:42

jane7l

Link Posted 07/10/2012 - 16:42
price in slovenia is 680eur. ad for some time now (years). who would understand... still 31 is almost twice this price...
pentax k7 + grip, mz-5n, da 15/4 ltd, revuenon 55/1.2, falcon 8/3.5 fisheye, leica m7, 50/2, 90/2.8, voigtlander 15/4.5, 35/2.5

amilner

Link Posted 07/10/2012 - 16:47
I bought mine for about 250 new a few years ago. I suspect these are a small number of unsold stock from the back of a warehouse somewhere, as it is not on the Pentax roadmap. I doubt it is production any more.

At that price it is my second most valuable lens now (after the 60-250 - for which I also paid rather less than the current price)
Tony Milner
Super A, ME Super, MZ6, K5II, Ricoh GR & lenses from 8-500mm
www.amilner.org www.flickr.com/photos/tonymilner

bladerunneruk

Link Posted 07/10/2012 - 21:45
amilner wrote:
I bought mine for about 250 new a few years ago. I suspect these are a small number of unsold stock from the back of a warehouse somewhere, as it is not on the Pentax roadmap. I doubt it is production any more.

At that price it is my second most valuable lens now (after the 60-250 - for which I also paid rather less than the current price)

I too bought mine at about that price, around when the FA50 was going for 150 (still kicking myself for not buying that one!).

I guess it could be unsold stock, looks like quite a markup if it is.

I shall have to look after mine even more carefully now

I think all of the lenses I have are 'in profit' at present, this one by the biggest margin tho ! Not for sale thought, I always have it with me for shooting landscapes, I find the colour and sharpness excellent - still fancy an FA31 one day if I can spare the cash !!

DaveHolmes

Link Posted 07/10/2012 - 23:27
bladerunneruk wrote:


I guess it could be unsold stock, looks like quite a markup if it is.

I shall have to look after mine even more carefully now !!

Mine is deffo my most used lens, no question... UV filter is always on (unless I swap out for cpl or nd) but I've lost the little plastic 'filter-bit-cover' on the lens hood somewhere... It'll probably cast 50+ to replace at these prices!!!
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Digital:
Pentax K5- Vivitar 19mm 3.8; FA35mm f2; D-Xenon 100mm macro f2.8; DA50-200mm WR...
Flash:
Yongnuo YN-560; Vivitar 285HV; Cactus V4 triggers...
Film:
Pentax-MX & M50mm f1.4; Spottie & 55mm f1.8; MG & M40mm 2.8...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveholmesphotos/

bhairavp

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 06:40
Apparently, it is still in production in Japan, it is being sold as new on the Amazon JP website. Saw it at Yodobashi in Tokyo as well. around 35,000 yen new, which is 23500 rupees or around 280GBP. Dunno why the EU retailers are marking it up so much.

amilner

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 08:21
DaveHolmes wrote:

I've lost the little plastic 'filter-bit-cover' on the lens hood somewhere... It'll probably cast 50+ to replace at these prices!!!

You can have mine for 50 (the little plastic bit that is)
Tony Milner
Super A, ME Super, MZ6, K5II, Ricoh GR & lenses from 8-500mm
www.amilner.org www.flickr.com/photos/tonymilner

amilner

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 08:24
bladerunneruk wrote:
I too bought mine at about that price, around when the FA50 was going for 150 (still kicking myself for not buying that one!).

I got my F50 s/h for a profit some years ago - it came with a 'job lot' and I made more selling the bits I didn't want than I paid for the job lot
Tony Milner
Super A, ME Super, MZ6, K5II, Ricoh GR & lenses from 8-500mm
www.amilner.org www.flickr.com/photos/tonymilner
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