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07-30-2012, 04:56 AM   #16
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I currently am suffering from a camera gear hoarding condition. I do need to sell some (*ist DL, lensbaby 2.0, 18-55, 70-200, and the unused crumpled brazillion dollar home) but it just never seems to happen. I do seem to keep buying gear, just can't part with the old. It is like that girl scouts song about making new friends and keeping the old

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I sold a DA* 300 and 200 last year, but for some reason as good as they were I don't miss them that much . . . .
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I regret selling my fantastic FA*24, especially seeing as I am getting back into film.

I regret selling my FA135 for so little, but I don't regret not having it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fontan Quote
I want to start a lens seller's remorse thread.

Of all the lenses that you guys have sold in the past, which one do you miss the most? Which one should you not have sold?
It is very easy since I only ever sold one lens, the SMC Pentax-M 50 f2.0 sitting on a K1000, the only Pentax camera I ever sold. Can't say I miss them. Overrated camera.
I have given away some lenses, but non I ever missed.

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I once sold my Porst 55 f1.2, thinking I wouldn't miss it. Wrong! What was I thinking? Bought one again now, and in better condition too. Never letting go of it again.
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It is very easy since I only ever sold one lens, the SMC Pentax-M 50 f2.0 sitting on a K1000, the only Pentax camera I ever sold. Can't say I miss them. Overrated camera.
I have given away some lenses, but non I ever missed.
I have sold a bunch.

I used to own every single DA limiteds, but I now have DA 35 and 40. I don't miss 15, 21, or 70, although they were very fine lenses. While I consider these three lenses very well made and sharp, for some reasons I don't miss them. It may be partly because I have FA 70 and DA 12-24. As for 35/2.8, I know I will regret that. This one I consider it to be classic. A very unique lens.

I had (have) DA* 16-50, 50-135, 200, and 300. All are gone except 50-135. I didn't sell that because I knew I will regret it. I consider it one of the finest zooms out there on the market for that focal lengths, no matter what brands.

I sold all these lenses and got into Leica. No regrets there . . . .
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The only one I might miss is the Vivitar series 1 70-210 f3,5. That fast aperture was impressive, but I didn't use it that much...
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The one I miss most is seldom lamented by anyone - but I bought a Sigma 18-200 DC for an absurdly low price, then sold it later during a financial crunch. It was plenty good enough for most occasions, a great versatile backpacking lens, and I preferred it to either of the 18-2x0 Tamrons.

Until that DA roadmap lens comes out "later this year" I will continue to regret the convenience lost when the 18-200 sold. I've sold plenty of others with twinges of regret, but they were replaced by similar or better lenses - so this one hurts most often.

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I sold a Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro and a Lester Dine 105mm macro to free up some funds to buy a Voigtländer 125mm. I ended up buying another copy of them both.
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I sold a Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro and a Lester Dine 105mm macro to free up some funds to buy a Voigtländer 125mm. I ended up buying another copy of them both.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those the same lens, just different branding - Vivitar and Lester Dine 105mm?
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I had to think a while to remember what I sold in the past.

The first 3 shouldn't count because I sold my complete system to buy into Pentax in 1981. It was an Exa500 body, a VX1000 body (identical with the Exakta-Varex, just missing self-timer and film-cutter), with waist-level and prism viewfinder, extension tubes, East-German Meyer lenses 50 and 135mm, and a West-German Isco 35mm lens. I never regret selling all these (no TTL, and the lenses average).

With Pentax, I sold a 24mm Makinon (worst lens I ever owned, I should have been warned by the reviews, but I got it very cheap).
And a Soligor Zoom (probably 50-203mm, I can't remember); no regrets, as it was unusable for me because because of VERY bad border/corner sharpness and LOTS of flare.
And a Porst 2.8/135 (PK) which wasn't bad, but I tested it against my Takumar 2.8/135 Bajonet, and this was just a bit better in resolution, contrast, and CA.
The 18-55 DA kit (first version), because I replaced it by the WR, which is better anyway.

There is only one lens which I am sometimes missing: a Tokina RMC 3.8/75-150. I replaced it by the then new 70-210 because of the "A"-setting, and gave the 75-150 to my sister. It turned out that the new one was not bad, but far from delivering the IQ of the old one (which my sister later described as a "wonder lens"). I didn't what you today would call "pixel peeping", but I remember I rated the IQ at that time (1986) as being on par with my SMC-A 1.4/50 in respect to resolution and contrast.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nater Quote
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those the same lens, just different branding - Vivitar and Lester Dine 105mm?
Yes the same lens, apart from the Vivitar having a built in hood which the Dine lacks. And if a Kiron came along at the right price I'd probably grab it just to complete the "family". That's where being a collector differs from being a photographer.
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I did not realize you could sell lenses after you bought them......................
Me neither.....
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