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12-01-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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LBA - CBA am I too cheap?

in the last 2 weeks I have passed up a Chinon SLR with Chinon 50mm F1.4 and a Spotmatic F with Takumar SMC 50 mm F1.4 because I already have a SMC-Pentax 50mm F1.4. I have also passed on 2 28-28mm zooms because they were manual focus and much slower than my Tamron 28-75 F2.8 (also probably no better quality than my SMC-FA 28-80 F3.5-4-5)

None of the lenses was over $20 or lens plus camera over $40.

My policy to this point is to only buy something I don't have. That specifically limits me to MF primes faster than or equal to F2.8

Am I too cheap, or just not buying because I already have an equivelent or better lens.

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Or maybe you're being reasonable and not buying for the sake of buying.
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There's only so much glass you can use at any one time even if it's only $20. Why not wait and get something that just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up?
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LG - you're a man after my own heart.

My current setup cost no more than, oh, about $200AU.

Chinon CG-5 (a very, very excellent little camera) was $25, part of a $40 deal with a Ricoh with an f2 50mm Rikenon. $25 was the sticker price of the Chinon, but I haggled to get both of them for $40.

ME Super from a forum member, $40.

M f1.7 50mm was part of a $95 deal - deal contained an ME Super, a Hanimex f2.8 28mm, a dodgy, dodgy Genericon 70-210mm zoom (you can actually see it go from barrel to pincushion in the viewfinder), and a shoulder bag I still use, as well as a cable release and a bunch of filters.

A f1.7 50mm was, for some reason, part of a deal with my old ME. Bought it from an elderly man called Hess ("I might be related to Rudolph, I don't know"). $30 camera, lens, UV filter, neveready case, Panagor teleconverter and an old roll of Konica film.

K f1.4 50mm and M f3.5 135mm (with hard case) were part of a deal from an antique store in Paddo, along with a K2 that never worked, for $95.

Rikenon f3.5 28mm from a pawnshop for about $25.

And the kicker - K f1.2 50mm, fungusy as hell, and all torn up, but working, for $50 with a Rikenon f1.7 50mm at the same pawnshop.

I'm descended from dirt-poor Irish and capitalist Chinese - I know where to find a bargain, and then grab it - only after I talk the price down further.

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Sounds like wisdom and maturity that sometimes comes with time!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
in the last 2 weeks I have passed up a Chinon SLR with Chinon 50mm F1.4 and a Spotmatic F with Takumar SMC 50 mm F1.4 because I already have a SMC-Pentax 50mm F1.4. I have also passed on 2 28-28mm zooms because they were manual focus and much slower than my Tamron 28-75 F2.8 (also probably no better quality than my SMC-FA 28-80 F3.5-4-5)

None of the lenses was over $20 or lens plus camera over $40.

My policy to this point is to only buy something I don't have. That specifically limits me to MF primes faster than or equal to F2.8

Am I too cheap, or just not buying because I already have an equivelent or better lens.
Being selective once you have a good kit is a smart thing.

About the only reason you might want to buy the Spotty with the S-M-C Tak 50 1.4 for $40 is that the lens, depending on condition, is worth $80-$110 or so. You could sell it and make between $40 and $70 profit.

That may or may not be worth it to you, but do that 4 or 5 times, saving the profits in your Paypal account, and pretty soon you have a real nice lens paid for.



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12-02-2008, 04:55 AM   #7
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I am having a hard time trying to find a decent Spottie in Australia as it is.
12-02-2008, 05:17 AM   #8
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Being selective once you have a good kit is a smart thing.

About the only reason you might want to buy the Spotty with the S-M-C Tak 50 1.4 for $40 is that the lens, depending on condition, is worth $80-$110 or so. You could sell it and make between $40 and $70 profit.

That may or may not be worth it to you, but do that 4 or 5 times, saving the profits in your Paypal account, and pretty soon you have a real nice lens paid for.



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True, except that I don't really want the hastle of bying and selling, which is why I left these bargins sitting in the shop they were in, all disappeared within a day, along with a Nikon FE (plus lens) an older canon F mount and a MF Oly. There still is an AF minolta 7000 for $69 with lens. If someone wanted to they could make a little cash out of this,

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
in the last 2 weeks I have passed up ..... a Spotmatic F with Takumar SMC 50 mm F1.4 because I already have a SMC-Pentax 50mm F1.4.

My policy to this point is to only buy something I don't have.
You already have a Spotmatic F?
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I wish I had one to pass up the opportunity to get another one ... hee hee
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It does hurt, it does: seeing good stuff go extremely low or without any bids.

I just watched a beautiful Franka Rolfix with 6x6 insert and Schneider Radionar lens... and a Kodak Retina IIa in great shape... and a couple of Tak 135/3.5's with hoods and cases... and so on and so on...

As painful as it is, I don't need any of these.

You done good.
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Lowell, it makes sense to do what you're doing. I have accumulated far too much crap, I mean, lenses and am now having a tough time selling them. Most were bought as part of a lot that included a good lens I wanted to keep, but still, I have been guilty of buying some lenses "because they're only $30". Buy 10 of those lenses and you've spent $300, and that's a good down payment on some better, faster glass.

Lithos, you're da man!
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Lowell, it makes sense to do what you're doing. I have accumulated far too much crap, I mean, lenses and am now having a tough time selling them. Most were bought as part of a lot that included a good lens I wanted to keep, but still, I have been guilty of buying some lenses "because they're only $30". Buy 10 of those lenses and you've spent $300, and that's a good down payment on some better, faster glass.

Lithos, you're da man!
One man's junk is another man's treasure.

What have you got that you're trying to unload?

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You already have a Spotmatic F?
No, but a KX basically the same but in K mount. (I also have a ricoh XR2s and a PZ-1) and don't really need another film body. I decided long ago that I am not a collector but a user.

I prefer to have K mount just to get a little more functionality with my DSLRs, but will look at M42 if it is something I don't already have and would likle

So far I only have one M42 mount lens, an SMC Tak 35mm F2, it fit nicely between my SMC-P 50mm F1.4 and my Adaptall 24mm F2.5.

If, at some point I want a spotmatic F and see one with a lens attached that I want, I might go for it, but I need something in terms of the glass too as that is my greater interest, at least for now.
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