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03-20-2009, 10:36 AM   #1
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To Buy Or Not To Buy Pentax F 50mm 1.7

Hi,

last week I was looking on the local e-bay branch in Holland. And I found this post.
an 50 mm 1.7 smc.
google translated link : Vertaalde versie van http://link.marktplaats.nl/235441868

I called, he wants 140 euro for it. that approx. 190 USD.

What do you guys think, is it worth it. on the picture is has some scratches on the body.

I Always appreciate your honest opinions.

Thanks, gr WJ

03-20-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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I've got one that's much cleaner I'll sell you for $150 shipped to Netherlands.

So, no. His price seems very high to me.

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1.7 is great, that price is almost as a new 1.4.
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QuoteOriginally posted by winglik Quote
1.7 is great, that price is almost as a new 1.4.
Exactly. A brand new FA 1.4 could be purchased for that price.

Either make an offer on the F or pass.

03-20-2009, 01:54 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by X Man Quote
So, no. His price seems very high to me.
The prices on ebay Germany (and Europe) are normally ~30% higher than in USA. Its the same percentage like on new lenses.

I collect ebay auctions on ebay Germany now since 2005.
Here is a price chart for the F 1.7/50. The price at the moment normally is 140-150 Euros. So your 140 € are absolutely ok (for D, NL, ...), when the glass is in good condition.
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What do you guys think, is it worth it. on the picture is has some scratches on the body.
Buy it. I love my F 1,7/50.

From this set on flickr you can reach about 220 Pentax lenses and their prices on ebay Germany.
(For best navigation switch to "thumbnails", scroll down and use the links)

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03-20-2009, 02:48 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by Slice Quote
Hi,

last week I was looking on the local e-bay branch in Holland. And I found this post.
an 50 mm 1.7 smc.
google translated link : Vertaalde versie van http://link.marktplaats.nl/235441868

I called, he wants 140 euro for it. that approx. 190 USD.

What do you guys think, is it worth it. on the picture is has some scratches on the body.

I Always appreciate your honest opinions.

Thanks, gr WJ
Too expensive...
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I've got one, it looks much better than that one, and I am selling it for 100 (130USD). So I find that one a little too expensive, and externally looks quite bad.
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Heh. I picked up an F 50/1.7 the other day for $40US, local transaction (Craig's List for you in the US). Great lens at that price, but, 140 ?? sheesh.

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You can search a bit on ebay and you will find a good copy sooner or later and cheaper than that one.

And for the price there is not customs taxes, at least here in Spain. Dont be afraid of buying in the US, small prices dont pay taxes. Get profit now that dollars are low in comparison with euros.
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If you get one (I like mine a lot) consider putting an empty UV filter, step-up ring, or whatever on it to protect the filter threads.

I've seen a couple such lenses where the plastic fliter threads have had chunks broken free by trivial incidents. Fortunately this hasn't happened to me as I've had a metal filter ring on it since I got it - my original purpose for the ring was that I adapt all my lenses to 55mm filters - an accident of history.

I suppose this might be a problem with other plastic bodied lenses as well - all my other lenses are metal.

Dave

PS a corollary might be to seek a lens with a broken plastic filter thread which should be inexpensive as a result of the damage. It can be effectively repaired by adding a metal filter ring.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RawheaD Quote
Heh. I picked up an F 50/1.7 the other day for $40US, local transaction (Craig's List for you in the US). Great lens at that price, but, 140 ?? sheesh.

Nice steal, bought my current one from KEH for around $120 in good condition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Red Quote
Nice steal, bought my current one from KEH for around $120 in good condition.
If in Germany we would have your US-prices, Ill have to buy a few more camera bags. . ..

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Well, I take it back... I'm watching a couple auctions right now and both are north of $130 USD. So, they're worth what people are willing to pay. Still, with the scratches to the body I'd look for a better example or a better price, or both.

Regards,
Mike
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His price seems very high to me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ossy59 Quote
I collect ebay auctions on ebay Germany now since 2005.
Foto Pentax ebay - a set on Flickr

This is a great set of price charts. Thanks a lot!
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