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02-23-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Value of the SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5?

Hi all.

Yesterday I was around doing some casual shopping when I stumbled in to an used camera gear store. On the shelf was a rare SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5. First time I've ever seen one. I think it's condition was somewhere in the area of excellent to good (90-95%), I didn't have my camera with me to test it, so I don't know how it will work.

I asked for the price, and it was very expensive... How much is the right ball park value for it, if it´s working ok, and condition is 90-95%?

TIA

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QuoteOriginally posted by zantaphia Quote
Hi all.

Yesterday I was around doing some casual shopping when I stumbled in to an used camera gear store. On the shelf was a rare SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5. First time I've ever seen one. I think it's condition was somewhere in the area of excellent to good (90-95%), I didn't have my camera with me to test it, so I don't know how it will work.

I asked for the price, and it was very expensive... How much is the right ball park value for it, if it´s working ok, and condition is 90-95%?

TIA
$600-$800 I would say.

I got my K 15mm for $600 in 2004 (Excellent) and my A 15mm for $550 in 2006 (Like New).

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Here you go: SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5 Reviews - A Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Average price $840, and the few I have seen on ebay have gone for at least that. So is the one in the shop still looking expensive?
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Many years ago I owned the K version and, whilst I loved it at the time, the complex distortion was always a disappointment. I can't imagine it being better than a Sigma 8-16, or even a Tamron 17-50, at that focal length because that complex distortion cannot be automatically corrected in LR, there being no Lens Profile for it. My advice is to save your Money and buy a Sigma 8-16.

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I have to think the value is to collectors at this point. I doubt there were very many of these made originally. Da 15mm Limited is much less money, though not FF capable.
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I have to think the value is to collectors at this point. I doubt there were very many of these made originally. Da 15mm Limited is much less money, though not FF capable.
I was looking at a nice wide-angle for my Spotmatic and gave up when I saw the prices. I guess we are really fortunate to have such cheap wide lenses being produced today, probably due to computer design capability.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zantaphia Quote
Hi all.

I asked for the price, and it was very expensive... How much is the right ball park value for it, if it´s working ok, and condition is 90-95%?

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what was the price they called again?
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It's completely worthless. If you send it to me I will dispose of it properly.

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It's completely worthless. If you send it to me I will dispose of it properly.
Does that ever work?
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Does that ever work?
I hope not, I paid good money for mine.
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what was the price they called again?
They asked for the equivalent of USD 1100. I think it's to expensive.

Thank you all for your input.
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Any one with the lens, like Adam , want to suggest why it may cost so much? Significantly nicer than the Sigma 15-30, which is also FF capable and AF as well? It's a fraction of the A 15's cost.
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want to suggest why it may cost so much
Cos it's nice.
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All well and good, but so are many other lenses much cheaper than this one, including legacy lenses. Are its optics greatly superior?
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