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01-05-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Did I get a good deal or not? Wife wasn't too impressed.

Answered a Craig's List add for some lenses being sold near by. The fellow claimed one of them was a 50/1.2 but the photo looked like a M50/2 I asked if he was sure it was a 1.2 he said yes, but the photos were of a M50/2, the price for everything was $200 so I figured if somehow it was a1.2 it would be a super deal.

As I suspected there was no 1.2, so here is what I got for the $200. a Tokina 17/3.5 RMS, M28/2.8, M50/2, M100/2.8 M200/4 and a Tokina mirror 500/f8 all have good glass, snappy shutter blades, no paint dings and the normal minor internal dust. So I was most interested in the 17mm and the 28mm and a little bit the 500mm, the other two I already have, but the 100 is better than mine.

Samples were taken just before sunset, PP in Aperture 3 but without sharpening. So was it worth it so I can tell my wife? I mean just the value of the thrill of the hunt was worth $30.
Tokina 17/3.5 RMS @ 5.6 ISO 100

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No worries about the 50mm 1:2 at all.

Id say youre ok with all you got anyhow.

Here's my Singles in december set shot with the 1:2 : December one shot a day.. - a set on Flickr
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Tokina 17mm is worth at least $150 by itself. M28/2.8 maybe worth $40-$60. M50 worth $20 if you can find taker. M100 worth $100 or so. M200 worth $40-$50, and the Tokina mirror is worth something, maybe $80? Pretty good haul -- the Tokina 17 and the M100 are the goodies...
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Looks like a good lot of lenses for $200. The 50 is nothing more than $10 or so on a good day but the 17 is this one then its a very well thought of piece of glass that has appreciated a bit in the past year or so Tokina SL-17 17mm f/3.5 Lens Reviews - Tokina Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database. The 100 might be one you have but I've seen folks get goofy over one on eBay before and again, its a very well thought of lens on the database with prices at half what you paid for the lot. I like the M200/4, its small and pretty sharp IMHO. The 28/2.8 is a nice lens - not sure its better than your VIv28 but its a nice lens all the same. The 500 is a mixed bag, if you can live with its giant thirst for light and its need for post processing for contrast you've got a reasonably sharp mirror lens. All-in-all you ought to be able to make almost all your money back and still keep a couple of the lenses (and even the 50/2 to0 ).

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The lenses are easily worth what you paid but if you're not a seller then you probably have a pile of extra lenses that you won't use much.

I looked at the Vivitar 17 (same as the tokina) 2 years ago as a cheap wide prime and opinions were mixed on whether or not it represented a significant enough of an upgrade from the kit lens to justify spending $100+. Not too mention that I would need an additional set of filters for it.

the two M telephotos are some nice lenses although you already have them.
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The 100 is probably the most optically interesting of the batch -- great portrait lens, nice bokeh. When I buy a lot like that, I always like to be able to sell enough of the stuff to get my money back and still be left with some nice lenses. The 17 is good but not great, and is fetching silly (high) prices at times. Might be a good one to hang onto when the full-frame arrives -- then it will be very wide indeed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
but if you're not a seller then you probably have a pile of extra lenses that you won't use much.
Guilty! I am starting to get some stuplicates. 3 M50/2s, 2 M100/2.8, 2 M200/4, 2 Vivitar 28/2.8 Close Focus though one is desirable K06, and the other no so much A22. Don't really mind having the non dupes, even if I don't use them very often.

QuoteOriginally posted by docrwm Quote
The 28/2.8 is a nice lens - not sure its better than your VIv28
I will do a 28/2.8 shoot out to determine which I prefer.

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My wife wanted the dining room table cleaned off of some of my stuff, so I consolidated everything into a bookcase in the spare/guest bedroom. She happened by and saw more lenses than what she originally remembered (and counted), suggesting that I can't actually be using all of them, and to get rid of the duplicates. So, I have been selling off what I have not been using - actually got a Q out of all of it...

Selling off the duplicates would certainly help, and show that you did make a good deal in the process. It certainly would not hurt.



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I'll pay much more for your stash, if they're anywhere near me
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Never tell the wife. Never.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schmidlapper Quote
Guilty! I am starting to get some stuplicates. 3 M50/2s, 2 M100/2.8, 2 M200/4, 2 Vivitar 28/2.8 Close Focus though one is desirable K06, and the other no so much A22. Don't really mind having the non dupes, even if I don't use them very often.
i get a little annoyed about having lenses that I don't use. It's always nice to have variety but I also think about how that money could be spent on other lenses/equipment that I really want but can't afford. I probably would have dumped 10+ lenses on Ebay if I was in the states. I'm lacking motivation to tackling that project in Chinglish.
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Do you have kids/grandkids/puppies/anything that could make her go "Awwwwww" ? Take lots of pictures of he/she/it and tell her "this shot wouldn't have happened if I didn't buy those lenses." Show her it was money well spent!

I got initial grief when spending about $40 on 4 "broken down camera bodies" at an auction (sold as "not working") 5 years ago, but when I gifted one (K1000) to a friend's kid who was learning photography, gave another (Minolta) to my wife to use and learn on, and the other 2 resold after getting them cleaned up for about $60. she got the gist of why I bought them!

And, none were "broken" - they just needed batteries!

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I have that one as a Vivitar -- it was $250 new about 15 years ago. You'll have some fun with that one, I'll bet.
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Does anyone know how to get a lens to not smell like cigarette smoke? They all cleaned up well and I wiped the barrels and caps all down with sensor cleaning alcohol, they look and work great, but they still faintly smell like smoke. I guess I could start smoking, or put skunk urine on them, nah!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schmidlapper Quote
Does anyone know how to get a lens to not smell like cigarette smoke? They all cleaned up well and I wiped the barrels and caps all down with sensor cleaning alcohol, they look and work great, but they still faintly smell like smoke. I guess I could start smoking, or put skunk urine on them, nah!
UV light, full spectrum, usually does a good job. I also use alcohol wipes on the exteriors.
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So without further ado the new group, less the 50/2, which I haven't cleaned up yet (I have 3). I feel good that I saved them, they were actually in great condition under the dirt. The fellow who I bought them from said they missed the estate auction, so I believe they were one of his parents, he knew enough about them to lead me to believe he heard someone else talking about them. He knew they were K mount, and thought the 1:2 was 1.2 which he knew meant better. Of the group he felt the 500mm was the prize (everyone knows bigger is better). I told him you will get calls about the Pentax 50/1.2 for $200 you had listed, I told him to just tell them someone already got it.

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