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10-15-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question on price: SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F2.8 ED [IF]

My dad has one of these beautys sitting in his closet and has no need for it so he would like to sell it. It has some scratches on the body of the lens but it is in perfect working order and the lens is in no way or form scratched/cracked or damaged. It has the 1.4x multiplier and does still have its original lens cap and the metal carrying case.
Is it really worth $3000? I know it works fine he has taken some amazing pictures with it but I have a hard time believing that a lens would sell for this much.

If this is in the wrong forum i apologize.

10-15-2007, 04:34 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ignitrous Quote
My dad has one of these beautys sitting in his closet and has no need for it so he would like to sell it. It has some scratches on the body of the lens but it is in perfect working order and the lens is in no way or form scratched/cracked or damaged. It has the 1.4x multiplier and does still have its original lens cap and the metal carrying case.
Is it really worth $3000? I know it works fine he has taken some amazing pictures with it but I have a hard time believing that a lens would sell for this much.

If this is in the wrong forum i apologize.
No, it's only worth about $50. I'll take it.
10-15-2007, 04:44 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by carpents Quote
No, it's only worth about $50. I'll take it.
I'll give you $100 for the lens and $50 for the 1.4x converter and we'll call it a day


"worth" and what it will sell for on Ebay are not the same thing - ebay prices are a bit inflated these days due to the lack of long glass available, and people over seas who can't get things otherwise... so you can do quite well...

In this case, its probably not worth anything - you should take the $100
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Do a search on eBay for completed listings. It might show up last transacted prices.
Seriously, it could fetch at nothing less than a grand. Certainly much, much more than some would offer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ccallana Quote
I'll give you $100 for the lens and $50 for the 1.4x converter and we'll call it a day
What are you, made of money?!?!


(To the OP - the lens is worth somewhere between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on condition and the whims of the über-rich eBayers.)
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$3,000 is rather high. The last one sold on the Marketplace here for $500. Most usually sell for less than $1,000.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sold-items/12016-sold-fs-pentax-smc-pa-300-f4-0-a.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by ishino Quote
$3,000 is rather high. The last one sold on the Marketplace here for $500. Most usually sell for less than $1,000.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sold-items/12016-sold-fs-pentax-smc-pa-300-f4-0-a.html
LOL, wrong lens! That extra stop means big $$$ (and big size/weight).
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I've seen them go between $2000 and $3000. The top end is a bit high IMO since you can get the (better!) FA* for around $4000.


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QuoteOriginally posted by ishino Quote
$3,000 is rather high. The last one sold on the Marketplace here for $500. Most usually sell for less than $1,000.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sold-items/12016-sold-fs-pentax-smc-pa-300-f4-0-a.html
LOL, if it was the f2.8 I would not have sold it for only $500.00 ( I might not have sold it at all )

Seriously, to the OP, you should be able to get between $2000 and $3000 for the lens, as Sean said, depending on the mood of the Ebay bidders. Good luck to you.
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oops... my bad. did not see the f/2.8, i see it now. $2,000-$2,500 is what i have seen the f/2.8 sell for recently. $3,000 is entirely possible.
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Our KING (Jim King) snapped one FA*300/2.8 on eBay for something around $2800 several months back --- that's a steal!
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That is too cheap for that price! I wished I saw that item on ebay!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mo Quote
I've seen them go between $2000 and $3000. The top end is a bit high IMO since you can get the (better!) FA* for around $4000.
I am not convinced the FA version is "better" than the A version. True the A* doesn't have autofocus but when it was available it sold for $5,000 while the FA* was about $4,000. My opinion is worth the inverse of $5,000, of course. It would be interesting to see a definitive test from someone who owns both and is willing to... er... measurbate.

I ran into a PJ who had the A*300/2.8 but switched to Nikon for work reasons. His opinion was that the Pentax A* was better than the Nikon/Canon equivalents. It was sharper and yielded better colors.

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10-16-2007, 08:39 AM   #14
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Well my dad is going to take a few pictures and I will be posting this up on ebay. He wants to see between $2500-3000. I found one for sale that is brand new from japan today
NEW PENTAX SMC FA 300mm F2.8 ED [IF] Telephoto Lens - (eBay item 190159885003 end time Nov-03-07 18:15:31 PDT)
$4350. I dont know about that price for one that is brand new since my dads has some wear but operates and the glass is perfect.

When it is posted I will link it in the FS section of this site. I appreciate all the info you all have provided for me.
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Posting on ebay is a bit of wasting money. IMHO, best is to put an announcement here on the "photographers marketplace" and try to sell it there.

Reason: the real addicts frequently go to both and this one is free!


If you succeed here, this advice will cost some pennies of course...

I bought mine in Australia not too long ago, and had it sent to the Netherlands. Paid approx 2.350,00$ (USDollar) for Shipping, handling and EU-import rate. However, that was without the 1,4x tc.

I am selling my toy trains collection now to earn the money back. Not a single regret so far!

Cheers, Syb
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