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03-29-2012, 07:03 AM   #1
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What would be a fair price for the following?

The glass is in good condition (according to seller). I will meet him in person at the end of the month and I don't want to rip him off.
The Soligors seem to go for around $30, the SuperTak varies a bit and I have no idea for the extension tubes ($10?).

Soligor wide-auto 28/2.8
Soligor wide-auto 35/2.8
SuperTak 150/4
Extension tubes 8/16/32mm

All M42; I was thinking to offer around $120. Would it be fair? Am I cheap or is it too much?

Your thoughts are appreciated.

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I paid $6 for my M42 extension tube set, but note they were purely hollow tubes, and did not have provision for the automatic aperture. the soligor lenses, I have no esperience with but I paid $9 for an M42 vivitar 28/2.5 although I would have to admit that was a deal, typical no name lenses do gererally go for $30 these days so that is probably fair.

the tak 150 is what makes the kit in my opinion. I really don't know what to think, it is a rarer focal length than the 135/3.5 (i paid about 35 for mine)
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recent history on the tak puts it at 30-50 bucks. there are a couple of high prices in the past distorting the average on the reviews
I doubt i would offer more than 100 myself (heck I would want 80 to be honest), but 120 total is in the realm of reasonable
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Thanks people, I will consider bringing it down a little to roughly $100. The tubes have the provision for automatic aperture although that's not very useful for a dSLR. I want to use them to be able to put my Pentax bellows on the dSLR and maybe to use a lens on them.

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I can't comment on the lens' prices because I haven't kept track -- you can get an idea of the current reality by checking COMPLETED LISTINGS on eBay.

As for the tubes: New non-auto sets usually go for around US$6. Auto sets are typically 'vintage' and if they carry a brand name they may command a premium price, up to US$20 -- and I've sold Sears tubes for more!

Auto vs non-auto: The greatest functional distinction is that a few mm of an auto tube are occupied by the stop-down mechanism. I sometimes use tubes to mount shorter (35-80mm) enlarger lenses on my K20D. The non-auto tubes give me more leeway for screwing-in the lenses, functioning as a focusing helicoid, so I'm not stuck with a fixed-focus distance. But for most macro work the auto tubes are just fine.
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Do you actually want the whole set? it seems like an expensive way to get a set of tubes. I wouldn't offer more than $80 since you're buying in bulk. that's like getting one soligor for free.
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There are two versions of the M42 150/4 Super-Takumar, the first with 5/4 elements/groups, the second with 5/5. They are difficult to differentiate because Asahi marked some of the version I lenses with the version II part number. The rear element of version I is smaller than version II; version I is 5 grams lighter.. Version I is supposed to be softer wide open.

There are 21 or more(!) versions of the Soligor 28/2.8, made by various manufacturers: Soligor 1:2.8 f=28mm -- 21+ Versions Most likely there is a similar number of 35/2.8 versions.

I think offer of US$120 is fine if all lenses are in good shape.
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
Do you actually want the whole set?
Yep, else it would have been a no-brainer (10 bucks).

Up till I managed to fix a Tokina EL28/2.8 so it became a manual lens a few days ago, 55mm was my widest M42 lens. I'm not quite sure about the Tokina, so the 28mm Soligor is of interest; see which one I like more 150mm just because it's a Tak And 35mm just to play a bit with that focal length; it will probably not see much use.

QuoteOriginally posted by rhodopsin Quote
There are 21 or more(!) versions of the Soligor 28/2.8, made by various manufacturers: Soligor 1:2.8 f=28mm -- 21+ Versions
I did find that link; the 28mm is a H6... and that is a T-mount so I hope an adapter is included; forgot to ask

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I guess I was asking if you actually wanted the Soligor versions of the lenses or if you would be happier with Takumar versions for a little more. I see that you're in SA so it might be a little more difficult but in the states on Ebay it's not uncommon to find 28/35/150/200 takumars for $40-$60 each and there are frequently sets like this available.
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I would look at them first before offering anything. 80-100$ sounds reasonable if they are in very nice condition but average or worn condition, I might be offering a bit less. I'm an advocate of 6$ Chinese macro tubes but its also very nice to have a better quality set if you can get them for a good price. I just got a vivitar k mount set (with linkage but no contacts) for 12$ plus 6$ shipping on 3 items and I love them. The vintage ones just seem to be better quality and operate smoother though I wouldn't pay a big premium for them.
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I don't quite trust 'the internet' So I prefer to buy locally and therefor need a bit more luck to find something. Not impossible like a M120/2.8 for roughly US$30

Yes, I do prefer Taks and will wait patiently till one comes my way. And I will meet in person with the seller to inspect.

I will trust sellers here in the market place but more often than not shipping is not worldwide. And it's easily possible that customs and shipping companies add additional costs (import duties and VAT, handling fees) which make the offer a lot less attractive.
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