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03-20-2009, 05:28 AM   #1
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SMC Takumar 85-210 f/4.5

I need some help to determine the value of this lens. The lens is in great condition. It has the original hood, and case. It is M42 mount. Thanks in advance for the help.
SMC Takumar-Zoom 1:4.5 85-200mm

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03-21-2009, 03:03 AM   #2
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No one has this lens?
03-31-2009, 06:49 AM   #3
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I listed the lens in the Marketplace for $115.00. Is the price to high? Need Help.
03-31-2009, 12:53 PM   #4
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I tried to answer your question, but in the Marketplace forum and it got deleted by a moderator as being against the rules and I got privately bitched out for it. Never knew about the rule against commenting on asking price, but I got a "You know better" and a "Shame on you" anyway.

I'll try again:

About half that is probably more in line with the going rate. The screwmount zooms don't attract nearly as much interest as the primes do. In the early days of zoom lenses IQ wasn't nearly what it was to become later on, and a big part of the reason for shooting screwmount is for the IQ/price ratio. When we M42 diehards find ourselves needing zoom we typically remove the adapter and switch to a more modern K-mount model. Very limited market for these things.

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Mike, thank you for the response. You have been the only one that has taken the time. After your comment I decided to see what KEH would pay for the lens. They will buy it for $57.00. This usually means that it would retail for between $115.00 and $175.00. I think the price is ok. Not much interest for M42 zooms at the moment.
I may just have to buy an adapter.
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Buying an adapter and using it yourself would be my strongest suggestion. After all, if you decide later on you don't care for it you can always sell the adapter along with the lens.

Or you may decide to pick up one of the many great Takumar prime lenses. Fantastic price/IQ ratio that can't be beat on those. It is not without reason that the Takumar Club thread is the most active of the lens club threads.
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Mike is right on the money in regards to zooms, when I need a zoom I always grab my SMC-A 70-210mm. I use Takumars for pretty much everything else. having said that, if I had the cash I would be interested in purchasing. I just paid a pretty penny for an S-M-C Macro Takumar and I will be purchasing a good example SMC AF 35-70mm 2.8 (the first AF Pentax lens) for my ME F, but I have given thought to picking up a copy of this lens. I believe this lens came with its own dedicated close up filter to reduce the minnimum focus distance and it had a storage space in the case. was that this lens?
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