Pentax A* 200mm Macro


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Link Posted 03/12/2011 - 23:53
Got the opportunity over the last couple of evenings to have a play with a couple of studio lights for the first time to take a load of photos for some upcoming reviews / articles for my website.

As I've recently bought this copy of the Pentax A*200mm Macro it would have been rude not to take a few shots to share with you here and a couple of shots taken at the Butterfly Farm in Stratford Upon Avon when I took it for a test drive last weekend.

If you have any questions, please do ask and I'll try my best to help!

























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SteveEveritt

Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 09:41
Nice shots Danny, but I feel teased, after reading your intro I was kind of expecting a few more photos. Stunning lens BTW is it 1:1 and, if you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for it?
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fatspider

Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 12:19
That looks like a very nice example Danny, not had much use by the look of it.
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Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 12:48
Hi Steve, sorry you feel teased, but I didn't go into the studio to take photos with kit, just to take photos of kit! Looking to add a lot more content to my website by the end of the year, reviews, articles etc.

It is a 1:1 macro and with the minimum focussing distance of around 30cm from the end of the lens, it takes a bit of getting used to! The auction ended up at 855 and have to admit that I have seen these go for around double this in the past so think I have got a bit of a deal there.

Considering it's age, your right Alan it is a very nice example. There are a couple of scratches on the barrel when it is extended but the glass is fine which is the important part!

As you feel teased Steve, here are a few more from the butterfly farm. They do show that I have a lot to learn though, especially with the ring flash!













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col55555ine

Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 13:04
ebay listing
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pentax-A-Macro-*200mm*-f-4-0-ED-Lens-200-f4-0-f4-SMC-/33...
k-5 IIs, Pentax 60-250, 17-70, 100macro WR, 50mm F2,
AF50 F1.4, Siggy 10-20, Siggy 100-300 F4, ..Pentax Af 160 ring flash

SteveEveritt

Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 13:21
I little more satisfied thanks. Great shots, and so far looking like a great lens. The price is a little steep for my pocket bit it looks like a good buy to me.

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Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 13:38
Not cheap for me either Steve (!) but have sold the 'spare' K-7 and 12-24 which has paid for it and this will see a lot more use than the other 2 did so made an awful lot of sense, well it did to me anyway!

Did see that eBay listing so quite chuffed with mine. Must admit 2 very good deals in a year does feel too good to be true which makes me a very happy bunny!

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Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 16:28
Looks like a great lens and some very nice initial shots.
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beginner

Link Posted 04/12/2011 - 22:55
I'm ever so jealous!..looks in very good condition,and I'm sure when you get the hang of it you will turn out some superb images!...good luck with it!....Regards...Ken

For distance shots I have to make do with the DA*300...never mind



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fatspider

Link Posted 05/12/2011 - 09:57
Of course you don't need a long lens when visiting places like Stratford's Butterfly House, the subjects almost queue up for their pictures taking.

As for Danny's lens I Don't know why I'm jealous, I do have my 100MM DFA Macro, and even then can manage quite well with my 16-50 DA* as the example shows

Tiger Longwing, Stratford Butterfly House.
Pentax K20D 16-50 DA* @ 50mm, ISO400 1/15th F8 handheld, try that with a longer lens



I am not envious, not one bit, I'm not even envious of Kens DA*300mm.

Honest!

Now can we stop hi-jacking Danny's thread and get back on topic
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