Many times over I'd locate one 'in stock' showing online here in Australia, or the U.S., and thought BINGO! However, time and time over, that seemed to be a ploy to grab a potential customer, by then advising that the item wasn't in fact available any longer, but that they could substitute an even better one. (Better than the original Sony brand one?) I slunk back and decided to put it all to rest.
KEH Camera came to the fore more recently, advertising this same lens second-hand. Graded excellent had me keen to order, but it was also during a period of their site crashing, and subsequent emails of mine to them would bounce into a spam folder at the other end! Time lapsed between responses and I thought this potential too was going to collapse into thin air. The end result though is we did work our way through ultimately, and my order was finally on it's way. Seventeen days later, it turned up on my doorstep (last week); that seemed like an eternity! All was good; perfect packaging and in the best condition, so big accolades to KEH Camera/USA.
Next morning I had a chance to try it out, set on a tripod, overlooking the back garden
can see I need to pull back a bit to gain the sharper image
You may also like this Little Pied Cormorant post from a few days ago (no tele-conversion lens then).
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