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02-13-2012, 05:15 AM   #1
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Original Lens Price List

Hi All,

Does anyone have a original price lists for lenses? I recently bought a Super Takumar 200mm F4 for $30 and I'm wondering what the original price for the lens might have been. According to the original owner, he bought it in 1969.

I've read some of the other posts here from a few years back but I thought I might ask again.

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Which country/currency? Prices varied, due to taxes, retail markup, and so on.

The other issue is how to relate old prices to current value.
Some people like to use semi-official inflation calculators,
but those have too much input from government policies for my taste,
so I'd rather use the price of gold as a basis.
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Mostly interested in US or Canadian prices. Once I have the original price I'll look at a number of methods to relate it to current day prices.

More for curiosity than anything else.

AB
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One of the forum members ( Nesster ) has posted several old Modern Photography articles with prices of old K and M series lenses as well as camera reviews. He is a font of knowledge in this area and I suspect he would/might know where to find this sort of information.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
One of the forum members ( Nesster ) has posted several old Modern Photography articles with prices of old K and M series lenses as well as camera reviews. He is a font of knowledge in this area and I suspect he would/might know where to find this sort of information.

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I would be fun to have a database listing the average price of the old Pentax lenses back in the day
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This website has a history of Screwmount bodies and lenses, including original sale prices.
Price of the Super Takumar 200mm f/4 when new was $239.50

Asahi Optical Historical Club says - Introduced 1968 Discontinued 1971

Bureau of Labor Statistics US CPI Inflation factor from 1969: $1,467.93
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QuoteOriginally posted by ducdao Quote
I would be fun to have a database listing the average price of the old Pentax lenses back in the day
I wonder if Adam would let someone look up the original selling price for everything in the databases and add a field to them.
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Excellent Monochrome...just what I was looking for. Thanks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ablundon Quote
Excellent Monochrome...just what I was looking for. Thanks.
You are very welcome!! There are a few major resources on the web that were created early in the 00's by members of the Pentax Discuss Mail List ("PDML"). If you dig around you'll find them
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Here is a pretty extensive 2004 list from a US retailer, which I have edited in MS Word. Prislista USA 2004 utan sдljare.doc
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