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Old Jun 9, 2006, 1:39 AM   #1
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I was looking around for a new lense for my pentax ds, nothing in partical. I came across lense at ritzcamera.com

They claim that the glass was worth $462 but now its only $85. I know some retail use tatics like this to sell stuff. They would raise the price to mark it down. ***cough Macy's cough ***.

Is this glass worth $85 that they once sold for $462?
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 8:05 AM   #2
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The price in Sweden now (new, from retail internet shop) is, with todays exchange rate, 293.799 US Dollars for a FA 80-200 f4.7-5.6. Can't believe it has ever been 462.

The FA 80-200 f2,8 is sold at 2584.55 US Dollars.

Conclusion: you're right. Just gogivethem what they deserve:-x(85 still a good price)

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How stupid of me, I forgot to post the link to the glass
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http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/CLR541610242.htm
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This was the bargain basement Pentax zoom of its day. Is it worth $85, definitely, was it ever worth $462, not at all. This is a lens that typically sold for less than $200US. In fact a B&Had in the Dec 1998 Shutterbug lists it at $129.95 brand new.

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Old Jun 9, 2006, 1:09 PM   #5
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Ritz isquoting the original msrp - a price at which maybe 2 or 3 were sold. Cameras and lenses are typically substantially discounted in the US - even by Ritz. This lens has been discontinued for quite some time, and therefore should be even less than its original price. Pentax discontinued lots of F and FA lenses.

What's really important is whether or not the lens is worth $85. I've had it ever since it was discontinued. It's small and light and takes 49mm filters that I already had for a prime lens. Picture quality is good except at the very ends of its range.

I avoid lenses specifically designed for the *istD etc as I want to be able to usemy lenseson film SLRs. For me, it was a good choice.
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Old Jun 9, 2006, 5:11 PM   #6
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all i've got to say is if you are interested in that range then look for the M80-200 f4or the A70-210. the 70-210 f4is an AMAZING lens. it's sharper wide open and thru out than my 200 f4 prime. it's not AF but what you are looking for is quality..

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Old Jun 9, 2006, 10:46 PM   #7
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No I am not really looking for that zoom range I just came across from it. If it was really worth that much, then it would be a good deal. I tend to buy things that I dont need if its a good deal. I know its a bad habbit. As of right now I already have a lense that is similair to that zoom range. I have a sigma 28-200mm, I forgot what series was it but I got a good deal from it. bhphoto.com sold that lense for $200 while I picked it up on ebay for only $70 or so shipped. That was a deal that I couldnt pass.

But if I didnt already have this sigma, I would think about buying it. But for right now, Ill pass on it.

Thanks for those who replied to this.
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