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10-05-2009, 02:31 AM   #1
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Sell or not sell, that is the question

I recently scored a bargain through the local paper her on a spotmatic and some takumar lenses etc...
my question being is as nice as these are I could probably sell this small collection at a profit and put the money towards my next lens that I would like (either 17-70 or 12-24 or even a DA*16-50)
I have used the fifty quite a lot in the last few days and although at first it was quite hard to get used to manual focus, after some time in a lot of instances it was better than AF. I have purchased a FA50 1.4 and am waiting delivery and I know when i put that on my camera it will be a pleasure to use.
So help me out, do I keep these for prosperity and occasional use or do i sell them and add it to my new lens fund?


10-05-2009, 04:42 AM   #2
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For me mate I would keep the manual(As I have a few now and growing but I mainly used them on the K10D)as for you I'd sell them to fund the AF lenses

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LOL i have a feeling you will be keeping an eye out mate!
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I have gone through my photography life by never selling anything.

As a result, even though my main go to camera is my new K7, I have kept my K10 and *istD.

I use them all but differently.

K7 is used with my zooms, primairly sigma 10-20 tamron 28-75 F2.8 and sigma 70-200 F2.8 as well as my SMC-300mmF4 when coupled to my SMC-F 1.7x AF TC (for existing light shots)

My K10 now has a split image and is used as back up to the K7 and also as my main MF body. I use this with my MF primes, which I have collected since I first started shooting in 1981, this collection includes 24 and 28mmF2.5 tamrons, a vivitar 28mm F2.5 (M42) SMC Tak 35mm F2, SMC 50mm F1.4 Helios 58mm F2 (m42) Vivitar 85mm F1.4 SMC 105 F2.8 SMC 135mm F2.5 and the afore mentioned 300F4. I find it a pleasure to use the MF prime lenses, and the K10D is a very good performer. Metering is a challenge and most of my lenses are not A lenses therefore flash metering is out, but...

My *istD supports TTL and is my MF plus flash body.

I would tend to keep the old Taks, especially if they are faster at each focal length than the zooms you have. That's just me, however.

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Shoot with each manual lens for a day. pick a couple that you find interesting and sell the rest. I wasn't a big fan of manual lenses, but i ran across a few that seemed interesting, tried and liked the results, so they are here to stay.
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thanks guys, i think for the money i paid for them i will just keep them as i will probably regret it, like i did last time when i sold my Tak 50mm 1.4

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