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FS: Pentax FA* 250-600mm f5.6

Mike-P
Posted 08/12/2017 - 11:37 Link
Selling my FA* 250-600mm f5.6. Comes with the metal case, lens hood cover and wallet full of filters. The lens is in excellent condition, has very few marks on it (which is unusual for the silver paint finish) and has hardly been used since I aquired it a few years ago.

Reason for selling is that tbh is that a, I really don't get the opportunity to take it out and b, when I can I really can't be bothered to hump it around.

Price: Looking for around 5k with a meet up for the buyer to check over the lens or pick up and delivery at the buyers own arrangement and expense

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Pentax FA* 250-600mm f5.6 by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

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Pentax FA* 250-600mmm f5.6 by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

All at 600mm

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Chaffinch by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

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Blue tit by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

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Great tit by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

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Goldfinch by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

Apart from this quick test I never used it with the DA 1.4x teleconverter but it would seem a pretty good match. 840mm

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Pentax FA* 250-600mm f5.6 and Pentax 1.4x HD Teleconverter test by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
Defragged
Posted 08/12/2017 - 16:52 Link
Exquisite photo's if I may say so.

They most certainly illustrate the power and quality of the beast.

Good luck with the sale.
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tigershoot
Posted 08/12/2017 - 20:56 Link
Fabulous photos BTW. It is an awesome lens - makes my new 150-450mm seem puny.
What year would this have been made?
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Edited by tigershoot: 08/12/2017 - 20:57
Mike-P
Posted 08/12/2017 - 21:11 Link
tigershoot wrote:
What year would this have been made?

Production Years 1991 to 2004

tigershoot wrote:
makes my new 150-450mm seem puny

150-450mm = 2325g with tripod foot and hood
250-600mm = 5800g with tripod foot and (built in) hood.

Now you can see why I hate carrying it around
jeallen01
Posted 08/12/2017 - 22:52 Link
Seems like you can carry the lens, or the camera body - but not both
Seriously, I hope someone needs and wants it (BTW, might be worth advertising on the US forum as well).
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
Edited by jeallen01: 08/12/2017 - 22:52
HarisF1
Posted 08/12/2017 - 23:34 Link
How does this lens compare to the 150-450 with the DA 1.4x? Purely on a crop body of course.
All the gear with no idea
Kevriano
Posted 09/12/2017 - 07:16 Link
HarisF1 wrote:
How does this lens compare to the 150-450 with the DA 1.4x? Purely on a crop body of course.

The 450 with tele gives you 630mm ish..., but in no way will it match the IQ of this. This is the ultimate Wildlife zoom for Pentax users. I wish I could justify the price tag at the moment.
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Edited by Kevriano: 09/12/2017 - 07:17
Mike-P
Posted 09/12/2017 - 09:53 Link
HarisF1 wrote:
How does this lens compare to the 150-450 with the DA 1.4x? Purely on a crop body of course.

Far better at 600mm f5.6 than the 150-450mm and converter at f8. Of course you then still have the option of adding a converter to the 250-600mm. Bokeh is much creamier as well.
johnriley
Posted 09/12/2017 - 10:15 Link
This lens is so desirable and so unique, and so out of my price bracket, and I hope you don't regret selling it Mike.

Why not get out there with it and reap the rewards of owning it?
Best regards, John
Mike-P
Posted 09/12/2017 - 10:35 Link
With my son as he is these days John I get less and less time to myself. Also, the airplane incident a couple of months ago means it's very unlikely we will manage to get him to fly again so the only realistic way I can see of getting to Spain now is a campervan and they aren't cheap so I am going to have to sell some of the more unnecessary items.

Anyone want to buy a beach hut in Mudeford, Christchurch?
ilovesaabs
Posted 09/12/2017 - 11:22 Link
If I had 5000 lying around for something I'd used very, very sparingly I'd be down to Hampshire like a shot. Reality is, it would be used 2-3 times a year maximum. It would be a great buy for someone who would use it regularly.

Sorry to hear about the situation with your son Mike.
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cabstar
Posted 09/12/2017 - 12:09 Link
I remember you buying this Mike. Always hurts to sell rare long glass. I regretted selling my 400mm f4 and nearly bought it back again when it recently went for sale.

Good luck with the sale and all the best for your son.
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Mike-P
Posted 13/12/2017 - 14:47 Link
Bump to keep the thread alive

Out of interest I always used that street light as a lens test, the idea being that it was a fair distance away so if I could see the ridges on the plastic round the bulb then the lens was just about dialled in correctly.

About 12 months ago the council changed all our lights to those horrible low energy things with covered elements that point directly downwards. Totally useless for me now
Mike-P
Posted 26/12/2017 - 12:16 Link
Somebody must have got some spending money given to them for Christmas?
Defragged
Posted 26/12/2017 - 12:39 Link
Yes! I was given some money Mr P. But would you be willing say, to sell the front lens cap separately? lol...
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