Pentax A* 300mm f/2.8 @ Ffordes - 899


JAK

Link Posted 30/06/2017 - 00:12
HarisF1 wrote:
It's in 'Ex+' condition and comes with the usual good stuff.

Let us know how you get on, John!

Will do, I'll take a photo of it if I can control my excitement on its arrival! If it's as good as it reads seems a real bargain.

I got the 17mm F4 SMC Fisheye from them in February for only 219 (thought that was a good price too) so it's always worth watching out for their goodies.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 30/06/2017 - 00:12

HarisF1

Link Posted 30/06/2017 - 03:23
They have very fair prices on some of their better stuff. I found the A 20mm lens on there for 249 alongside a CZJ Biometar 80mm f/2.8 (M42 fit).

The Biometar seems to be a very rare lens (the website that describes it has an product image of the very same lens that I bought) and yet the price was fairly cheap at 79.

JAK

Link Posted 30/06/2017 - 16:06
Apparently its on its way now.
John K

HarisF1

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 16:28
Hey John, has the lens arrived yet?

JAK

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 17:04
Yes it came on Monday so need to book my weight lifting course!






Similar shot to other thread. 1/400 @ f/5



Fuscia taken at closest focus distance. 1/400 @ f/5



Long distance shot through slight haze 1/400 @ f/6.3


John K
Last Edited by JAK on 06/07/2017 - 17:06

HarisF1

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 17:57
Nice colours and also very sharp, congratulations

LennyBloke

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 18:17
Welcome to the club
LennyBloke

JAK

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 18:26
Thanks! One I wasn't expecting to get given they often sell for much more.
I like the fact that they've left space in the case to leave either the camera or teleconverter attached to the lens while its in the case.
John K

McGregNi

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 19:36
Wow, that is one beautiful hunk of lens! (hunk seemed the best word I could think of to describe it). Plus you get to fit your K1 into the case with it .....super jealous!

It's always fascinating to see specialist items from Pentaxs past, and even more interesting when they actually fit onto the latest modern cameras. My K7 was graced today with the A28 F2.8 and the AF 280T flash ..., the combo certainly came up with the results, and was a pleasure to operate ....I might post up a thread about it later.

Thanks for showing your lovely new lens John.
My Guides to the Pentax Digital Camera Flash Lighting System : Download here from the PentaxForums Homepage Article .... link
Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver
Last Edited by McGregNi on 06/07/2017 - 19:37

JAK

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 19:48
Hunk? Perhaps. It actually feels like picking up a couple of house bricks to take photos with! It really needs to be on a sturdy tripod but those were hand held. I suspect the shake reduction must have been working overtime!
It is indeed fabulous that it can be used directly without any adapters or modifications on the latest Pentax cameras, and all fit in the original case too!
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 06/07/2017 - 19:49

HarisF1

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 19:59
You're going to need something bigger than the stock strap to handle that beauty.

LennyBloke

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 21:43
JAK wrote:
Hunk? Perhaps. It actually feels like picking up a couple of house bricks to take photos with! It really needs to be on a sturdy tripod but those were hand held. I suspect the shake reduction must have been working overtime!
It is indeed fabulous that it can be used directly without any adapters or modifications on the latest Pentax cameras, and all fit in the original case too!

It is very capable of delivering excellent shots handheld - it's a matter of getting the right technique. I'm not claiming to have perfected my technique but keeping the shutter speed at 1/500 or above (1/400 is fine for some shots) seems to be the crucial thing to reduce softness (from shake) and although 2.8 is usable, just half a stop down really gives sharp results if you can nail your focus. TAV is the mode I use almost exclusively, this ensures I don't drift too low with the shutter speed - higher ISO may be the downside in lower lighting but the later Pentax's sensors can be used very successfully in this mode
LennyBloke

JAK

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 21:49
HarisF1 wrote:
You're going to need something bigger than the stock strap to handle that beauty.

You're right, but I wouldn't let the lens dangle off the body, it could easily break the lens mount so I shan't change the strap just for that lens, I'll always hold the lens.
Thinking about it, it is that heavy it could cause serious damage if left dangling on a strap not only to the lens if it gets knocked, but anything it might come in contact with,

LennyBloke wrote:
JAK wrote:
Hunk? Perhaps. It actually feels like picking up a couple of house bricks to take photos with! It really needs to be on a sturdy tripod but those were hand held. I suspect the shake reduction must have been working overtime!
It is indeed fabulous that it can be used directly without any adapters or modifications on the latest Pentax cameras, and all fit in the original case too!

It is very capable of delivering excellent shots handheld - it's a matter of getting the right technique. I'm not claiming to have perfected my technique but keeping the shutter speed at 1/500 or above (1/400 is fine for some shots) seems to be the crucial thing to reduce softness (from shake) and although 2.8 is usable, just half a stop down really gives sharp results if you can nail your focus. TAV is the mode I use almost exclusively, this ensures I don't drift too low with the shutter speed - higher ISO may be the downside in lower lighting but the later Pentax's sensors can be used very successfully in this mode

That's good advice. The program mode seems to often opt for silly slow shutter speeds and ISO setting so have to watch that carefully. I suppose the lens isn't in the camera's built in program line database and treating it as a default standard lens.

It was kindly supplied with a bean bag (like being back as school!) so that might come in handy.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 06/07/2017 - 21:59

derek897

Link Posted 06/07/2017 - 23:28
Savage lens. At that price it would have been hard to pass it up.
Happy shooting, looking forward to seeing some shots from it.

Derek
I know what i like, If not always why.

JAK

Link Posted 07/07/2017 - 00:34
derek897 wrote:
Savage lens. At that price it would have been hard to pass it up.
Happy shooting, looking forward to seeing some shots from it.

Derek

Indeed it was. As to shots with it, did you see these a few posts back? https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/pentax-a--300mm-f-2-8---ffordes----899-59... Nothing spectacular but they are shots with it!

Just been thinking.., I reckon I must have around eight lenses that include 300mm now! Perhaps I need to prune some.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 07/07/2017 - 00:44
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