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Old Apr 11, 2006, 5:36 PM   #1
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you are not going to believe this. last sat. i went looking for used pentax equipment. well i found an A*300 f4 in a shop downtown. it had a very bad scuff mark on the objective lens. looks like someone used a brick to clean it. while i was there i took some sample shots. i went home and all shots at all apertures were very good altho i could see some loss of detail at the higher apertures mainly above f8. so i went back and got it today. here's a couple quickies at f8.

here's the damage to the front element. i'm sure pentax can replace it if i want too. other than this the glass inside is pristine.

ahhhhh, forgot to say, this was $81.00us after tax.

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Old Apr 11, 2006, 7:13 PM   #2
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Amazing how much damage a front element can have and still give acceptable pictures.

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Old Apr 11, 2006, 8:51 PM   #3
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amazing what i paid for it.. 5-800 on ebay with out the scratches..
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 10:17 PM   #4
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Nice sharp results. It is amazing what crud can be on the front of a lens, and it still performs. Apparently, the rear element is where you'd notice blemishes-at least that's what I was told.......thekman.
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 11:47 PM   #5
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I told you so!!!
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 12:25 AM   #6
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This is a lens I've been drooling over. And you got it for 81USD! Don't forget to post the news and the cost if you actually get to changing the front element.

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