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08-24-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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SMC Pentax K 1.8/ 85 mm portrait lens

25th August 08. Saw bidding ended for this lens on Ebay Australia. $1125.

Bid jumped $600 in last 2 bids.

Is the lens that good or was someone just determined to pick it up.

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i was watching that too. i couldn't believe my eyes. for that price and some more $$$ you could probably get the 43 and 77 limiteds. crazy.
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Ugh, I like old lenses but that's just over the top. If I had that much money to toss around, I'd get a Tak 85mm and a 77 LTD, and keep the one I like better.

I don't have that kind of money, so a Jupiter 9 will do

Btw...Kevin...is that a Dime I see in your Avy?
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Btw...Kevin...is that a Dime I see in your Avy?[/QUOTE]

If you mean the photo - its a very worked Datsun 510/ 1600 here in Aus fitted with a Nissan 2 litre turbo and a very much restored body etc. I had a similar over the top Dato back when they were new early 70's which I wish I still had 30 years on.

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I was not only watching this one I was bidding on it! Letís just say I dropped out long, long, long before the auction ended. I am often astonished at the prices some of the old Pentax glass commands but this one seems to have reached new heights. I guess a lens is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. I hope the new owner enjoys it.

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You can almost buy a A*85/1.4 for that price.
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I just payed $590 for the Takumar 1.8 which is crazy high. But thats half the money spent for the K mount. Mines suppose to be just as good.
I've read articles saying it went for several hundred dollars a few years back and prices have increased since then

At that price I would have went for the * 1.4 also.

The reason I payed the premium is that it is in mint condition. And I just got tired of being out bid. I pick it up today ( fingers crossed )

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QuoteOriginally posted by ddhytz Quote
You can almost buy a A*85/1.4 for that price.
A* in good condition goes for about $1k ... i'd rather spend the $1k

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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
A* in good condition goes for about $1k ... i'd rather spend the $1k

Probably not the next time one comes up on flea-bay now.


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I'm happy with my <$400 Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, AND it's autofocus

OK, not sure what $1125 in USD is, but for just a little more you can grab a new Canon 85mm f/1.2 L (which is autofocus as well )
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
I'm happy with my <$400 Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, AND it's autofocus

OK, not sure what $1125 in USD is, but for just a little more you can grab a new Canon 85mm f/1.2 L (which is autofocus as well )
Is that still interesting considering that I do not yet have a Canon body?
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Just throwing it out there... Generally Pentax is a great bargain, but when you're talking about hard-to-find items on eBay, prices go berserk!

I remember a FA* 80-200mm f/2.8 once went for $2K. At the time you could have easily bought a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS and a 30D to mount it on!

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Is that still interesting considering that I do not yet have a Canon body?
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Yeah, I agree on that. You are right that especially the rare items get skyhigh sometimes.

I also heard once that one should buy camera bodies to fit his lenses. So that is comparable to your recent post.

Only problem is that I get attached to my Pentax body. I simply love it as a great tool. Could I get used to using a Canon, only because it has a great lens attached?
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QuoteOriginally posted by kev.pride Quote
If you mean the photo - its a very worked Datsun 510/ 1600 here in Aus fitted with a Nissan 2 litre turbo and a very much restored body etc. I had a similar over the top Dato back when they were new early 70's which I wish I still had 30 years on.

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Awesome...I love the "box" look and straight lines. Even though I'm a Honda guy, I would take one in a heartbeat and put an SR20 in it. Too bad they're few and far between here, with all our rust
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I guess a lens is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. I hope the new owner enjoys it.

Tom G
It is what it is...if you've been looking and can't find (and are in the heat of an auction), you'll pay more just to have it.
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I also heard once that one should buy camera bodies to fit his lenses. So that is comparable to your recent post.

Only problem is that I get attached to my Pentax body. I simply love it as a great tool. Could I get used to using a Canon, only because it has a great lens attached?
It's just a comparison...but one I think we all realize having bought into Pentax already.

I was tempted to buy a Contax 167 with a Vario-Sonnar just to use Contax lenses. And I just got a Yashica today (a what now?) Good thing film stuff is cheap.

Sorry for the tangent
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QuoteOriginally posted by ddhytz Quote
You can almost buy a A*85/1.4 for that price.
I was just going to say that it probably was someone (or it takes two of them at least actually) who was very frustrated over not being able to get the A*85/1.4.

And I was also wondering if I could pull that trick: to get an older 85/1.8 (is there also an 85/2.0 version) instead of the 85/1.4...doesn't look like that will happen

Please pentax: Give us a DA*85/1.4!!! I will start save for it as soon as I see it on the road map. My little brother has the A*85/1.4 and I'm so jealous .

QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
Just throwing it out there... Generally Pentax is a great bargain, but when you're talking about hard-to-find items on eBay, prices go berserk!

I remember a FA* 80-200mm f/2.8 once went for $2K. At the time you could have easily bought a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS and a 30D to mount it on!
Mmmh... this is the worst I've seen: 2040 Euros

...and he didn't even let anyone outside Europe bid!
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