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08-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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SMC Pentax-M 28/2.8, value?

A friend at work just handed me this lens, which is one I have actually been looking for to use on my K-5 for some time. Good, used Pentax gear is a bit harder to find here in Finland, so this is a pretty rare find.

Anyway, the lens is in A or A+ condition, clean glass, no sign of mold (we don't have mold issues here), no marks on the body. Aperture works perfectly and is not worn. Still has the original front and back caps. I found a couple of these sold in the marketplace for $55-60, but this was 2-3 years ago. Is that still the going price for this lens?

He's a Nikon guy so he doesn't need it, in fact I just picked up a D600 for him this summer on a trip to the US.

I can't wait to mount this on my K-5 this weekend and shoot it, he's letting me borrow it until I make him an offer.

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60$ sounds about right to me - pretty bargain at this price in that condition - but then again he doesn't have to for for online sale with all the hassle and fees. I'd say it's a fair deal for both of you.
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They goes for 50-60$ in Denmark, so the price seems fair. Next is to find a good film KX or MX, buy a heap of Tri-X 400, pack your bag and travel the world... It's all you need IMO the 28 mm lens is the most versatile lens you can buy - especially on a FF.
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They goes for 50-60$ in Denmark, so the price seems fair. Next is to find a good film KX or MX, buy a heap of Tri-X 400, pack your bag and travel the world... It's all you need IMO the 28 mm lens is the most versatile lens you can buy - especially on a FF.
Check my signature, I still have my original ME Super (and a mint condition ZX-5n)... although I haven't shot film in ages. I actually do not miss film much, especially having to deal with processing and printing (and costs). 28mm is a good focal length on FF, although I tend to prefer 35mm as the best all-around focal length on FF.

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It's a very widely available lens and can be found for less, but not usually in such good condition. Agreed that this sounds like a fair price. Good little lens. Version I or II?
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It's a very widely available lens and can be found for less, but not usually in such good condition. Agreed that this sounds like a fair price. Good little lens. Version I or II?
Version I, with the silver accent on the focusing ring.
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Version I, with the silver accent on the focusing ring.
That's the one I have. While for most purposes I prefer the (K) 28/3.5, I do like that the M28/2.8 is a bit faster and quite a bit smaller, so I've kept it.
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I didn't like the version 1 I had of this lens and sold it. The photos were very dull and lifeless, though they were sharp enough. The version 2 I have now, for which I paid significantly more, is much better.

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How would this M compare to the Ricoh 28/2.8 Rikenon XR?
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I shot a handful of pics using the M 28/2.8 over the weekend, nothing serious, and I like the images. It is very sharp and has the classic SMC color rendering that I like. The seller is being a bit stubborn since he knows this lens is in near mint condition and didn't like my 40€ initial offering, and no comment yet on my next 50€ offer.

The Ricoh 28/2.8 Rikenon XR disappeared over the weekend, so that option is out if this deal falls through.
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Seller accepted my 50€ offer, the M 28/2.8 is mine!
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