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04-21-2012, 10:46 PM   #31
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Some here have brought up a good point: We keep some lenses because they aren't worth selling. Maybe they're superb but just don't attract demand, like the SuperTak 55/2. Maybe they're a glut on the market like the M50/2 (I have three). Maybe they're crud and even raw n00bs won't bite, like the Meyer Domiplan. I could easily list another 10 that I'd never sell because nobody would buy them unless they're about US$1 each. My only hope is that someday they'll be worth something. Didn't somebody mention that to Indiana Jones?

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I have not sold a lens yet, but never is a long time. There is plenty of cheap legacy rubbish lying around from my student days I have no use for in the digital age.
I am still developing love affairs with my modern AF glass collection. Nothing will be sold in the near future.
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Just two lenses for me. The first is my Pentax-M 50mm f/2, not because it is my best lens (it isn't), but it came with my first own camera, a Pentax MV, so it has sentimental value for me. The other is the second lens I ever bought, a humble Vivitar 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom. Again, not my best lens by a long shot, but it was my trusty companion on one of the most memorable journeys I ever went on, and I've used it for shots I'll never be able to take again in my life. All other lenses I can replace, but these two are unique and irreplaceable (to me).






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I can't say I wouldn't part with any of them if necessity truly demanded it. I'd be loathe to get rid of my Taks, all of them, or my AF lenses, but if it really came down to it? I suppose I'd sell them and just use my cheaper lenses until I could buy more. Cameras I'd never sell my black Spotties or my K-x. But otherwise if I had to, I had to. Life sucks sometimes. I've had to sell some things in my time that I really regret selling, but I did what I had to do, at the time, shrug.

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The only one I can categorically say that I'll never sell is my FA31. The ones I'd be very unlikely to sell are the DA15 and the K50/1.2.
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Only Revuenon 55mm f1.2
and maybe FA 135mm f2.8
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Some here have brought up a good point: We keep some lenses because they aren't worth selling. Maybe they're superb but just don't attract demand, like the SuperTak 55/2. Maybe they're a glut on the market like the M50/2 (I have three). Maybe they're crud and even raw n00bs won't bite, like the Meyer Domiplan. I could easily list another 10 that I'd never sell because nobody would buy them unless they're about US$1 each. My only hope is that someday they'll be worth something. Didn't somebody mention that to Indiana Jones?
I was at the UK's largest camera fair today and walked away from perfect Helios 44-2's priced at a pint of beer. I'm using one on my NEX at the moment and it's staggering. They are the bargain of the day. Even if they went for silly money, I would always have a 44-2 in my arsenal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Some here have brought up a good point: We keep some lenses because they aren't worth selling. Maybe they're superb but just don't attract demand, like the SuperTak 55/2. Maybe they're a glut on the market like the M50/2 (I have three). Maybe they're crud and even raw n00bs won't bite, like the Meyer Domiplan. I could easily list another 10 that I'd never sell because nobody would buy them unless they're about US$1 each. My only hope is that someday they'll be worth something. Didn't somebody mention that to Indiana Jones?
It is really sad when the hassle and cost of selling something is more than it is worth.

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Here is my list

1. 600mm F4 FA*
2. 300mm F2.8 FA*
3. 85mm F1.4 FA*
4. 24mm F2.0 FA*
5. 100mm F4 Takumar bellows lens
6. Spiratone 20mm F2.8 - unless I find a good Pentax 20mm PK-a or FA
7. Sigma 300mm F4 Macro - work horse
8. Sigma 16mm F2.8 - same unless I find a reasonable FF Pentax fisheye
9. 50mm F1.4 F
10. 28mm F2.8 AL FA

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My list. As Rico said : not the best or the cheapest, but i just love them
FA-J 18-35/4-5.6 - who can live without so much wideness on film ? And was dirty cheap
Kiron 28/2 - something about distorsion that i love. Lack a bit of contrast but i don't give a damn
Takumar A 28/2.8 - sentimental : my dad gave it to me with the SuperA.
DA(L) 35/2.4 - my favorite film lens so far.
DA 40/2.8 - tried to sell it, but 2 days after ask the buyer to get it back
A 50/1.7 - see Takumar A.
DA *55/1.4 - use it on film, and you will get why i love it.
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M 35/2 Killer rendering, sharp, fast, and compact
M 50.1.7 Sharp, low abberations, compact, a great all-around lens. Cheap, so not much point to selling it, and I can use it without worrying.
S-M-C Tak 50/1.4. Sharp, great bokeh and rendering
Macro Takumar 50/4 Goes 1:1 natively, sharp, lack of abberations, nice bokeh
S-M-C Macro Takumar 50/4 What can I say, I love this optic so much both versions get a spot on my list!
Bokina (Vivtar S1 90/2.8 macro) The legend.
Tamron 90/2.8 AF Macro Can you tell I like macro like I like 50mm lenses? Sharp even wide open, very conveniant, cirular aperature at all settings
M 120/2.8 LIke a longer version of the 50/1.7. Sharp, excelent contrast, very compact, useful FL and speed. I prefer it over my 135's
El-Nikkor 135/5.6 An enlarger lens I got dirt cheap, but I have gotten some fantastic macro shots with it. Amazing color on this one.
Tele-Takumar 200/5.6 Well, I love light, compact lenses, and you will be hard pressed to find one in 200mm that beats this one. Great color and contrast from it to, with good sharpness as well. It's also so cheap there's no point to selling it.
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My list, given what I have ...

Bonjour,

This list is not in any particular order of preference, but almost ...

D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
SMC A 50mm f1.7
Tamron Adaptall-2 (19AH) SP 70-210 f3.5
Pancolar MC aus Jean 50mm f1.8
Tamron Adaptall-2 (23A) SP 60-300 f3.8-5.4
Super-Tak 55mm f1.8
Super-Tak 28mm f3.5
SMC M 75-150 f4
Helios 44M (& 44-2) 58mm f2
CZJ 135mm f3.5 "Zebra"

"Joker" = DA 35mm f2.4 AL plus 2 recent lenses yet to be converted the PK = (1.) a Yashica ML 50mm f1.4 & (2.) a Prakticar MC 50mm f1.4

Some "oldies & cheapies" here, but "goodies" all the same ... and couldn't sell most to the "I need a big honkin' AF f2.8 super tele-zoom to impress the neighbors lens" ... and I'm a cheap bastard, too.

Allez et salut , John le Frog

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DA21 - just a beautiful perspective for APS-C
FA31 - because it will do all that and more on full frame, and it makes a lovely normal now.
FA43 - because it will make an awesome normal on full frame, and it kicked arse as a video lens on the K-01 last night. I mean *seriously* kicked arse.
FA77 - Duh! One of the greatest lenses ever made.
DA*300? - any replacement would have to be incredible.

Everything else I would replace in a heartbeat. I'll reserve judgement on the DA*55 for when I get a working copy....
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I really can't think of anything I have in Pentax I wouldn't sell given the right circumstance, Certainly amongst the last would be my taks and my DA14 which is one of my most used lenses. I would be very loath to part with all my bronica lenses (MC40 4.0, MC50 2.8, PE75 2.8, MC150 3.5) unless I decided to sell the system for a different one. In my Russian RF group the only one I would not sell is the Jupiter 12 35 2.8 it is an unbelievably good lens particularly for the $25 I paid, Sharp contrasty and very good with flare as the design is essentially a built in hood - it's the best reason to own a Fed or Kiev IMO
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I can only list three lenses which i use regularly.
1. Leica 50mm Summilux - the soul!
2. Zeiss 35mm Biogon - sharp, sharp, sharp!
3. FA 31 Ltd - though not quite the above two but has the qualities of the two lenses above combined. I am yet to own other Pentax Ltd but will start my collection now i have done 10K shots with this lens.
Unfortunately i am not connected to any offerings from Canon, Nikon or Voigtlander.
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