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02-26-2015, 01:20 PM   #31
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yes, I was watching intently as some of those SDM zooms were going by...
Would have picked one or two up if the price had met my threshold (which was fairly low as I look on those as something of a gamble)
Had pulled up all the info on converting to screw drive, so was thinking they could be a real deal, as long as nothing more substantial was wrong with them.

And I did wonder how many of them might end up "resold" after being converted to screw drive, with the reseller hoping no one would notice that the SDM had been disabled.



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That is the only issue I see with this.. and a very big potential issue at that. All of the items being sold are initially being sold as 'parts/not working' with all known issues listed (which is OK), but then I suspect some of these are/will be resold as used. Actually, I'm quite sure a lens was already sold here on PF marketplace recently as used but really was one of these parts/notworking items with a story made up. So buyer beware on used items now that the market is flooded with them from these auctions.

On the other hand, I've bought a DA* 16-50 f/2.8, AF540fgz, and a K-r body and all of them work very well. The flash has an issue with the locking ring (it just spins; was listed in the auction details) but the pin works and there is never a real chance of it falling off the camera. There were so many nice lenses initially... tons of FA31 DA55 50-135 etc etc. Most of the FA31's went for around 500 a piece. A few, iirc, had issues with 'grinding' noise when turning the focus ring while others had 'poor focus at low aperture' such I suspect is simple backfocusing. Just fyi.

The real ones to watch are the 50-135 and 16-50 lenses though as there were a shed load of them up with various issues (mostly AF not working which is fine -- switch it to screwdrive or do the sdm trick) but others had larger listed issues. Especially the 50-135 which quite a number had 'loose elements' as the listed issue. Some had completely detached elements visible in the ebay photos.

If the item you are buying has no box and especially no serial number, be wary if you are buying at normal used prices and the item is being listed as used or 'good' condition without any mention of the auctions.


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Serial numbers don't just fall off. Theft and fraud is a common reason for erasing serial numbers. Yes, there might be other reasons, but unless I knew the seller was trustworthy I would not accept any item where the serial number was destroyed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mholford Quote
if the price had met my threshold (which was fairly low as I look on those as something of a gamble)
i did the same for a 55mm, but those are sdm only, no screwdrive. it was too big of a gamble for a potentially manual focus only lens.
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I missed out on the 50-135's either outbid in the last 2 seconds or just didnt want to give that much. But probably a good thing. I think some were really easy to fix though.

Actually, I think some of them were returns from user error or incompatibilities of older bodies/firmwares. The 16-50 I got said 'AF not working' but I did the SDM trick and it came back to life. I still switched it to screwdrive anyways. If I ever sell it, I will explicitly state the history. I hope everyone is equally as honest and forthcoming and doesn't try to pull one over on their fellow Pentaxians.. well outside of the one lens I saw on here a week or two ago..

Btw the K-r body I bought on there in the Parts/Notworking did work but was a bit gritty around the mode dial and the shutter button randomly stuck. I cleaned it up and now it runs like a top. So handy spare body for dirt cheap. The only thing is the body has over 57,000 shutter actuations already. So it was well used. That is the other thing about buying a camera body in this bunch on ebay atm -- you REALLY don't know the history, so bid accordingly. The problem is if we end up with people reselling these and lying that they either don't know the history or bought it from a friend and then charging the normal going used price. That is just wrong. Please, people, don't do this to others.

I will also say there is someone on there that is bidding on just about ALL of the Parts/notworking Pentax gear. And I mean just about all of it over the past month (and has won a good deal of them). I wonder if someone is about to start a parts 'store' soon with all of these items broken down as parts? Be on the watch for that too. New replacement parts might not be new.

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I will also say there is someone on there that is bidding on just about ALL of the Parts/notworking Pentax gear. And I mean just about all of it over the past month (and has won a good deal of them)
Could be a shill bidder set up by the seller.
eBay ain't what it used to be with the now hidden bidder/buyer ID system.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
Could be a shill bidder set up by the seller.
eBay ain't what it used to be with the now hidden bidder/buyer ID system.
Don't think so.. they are very conservative with their bids and don't seem to go beyond certain amounts for specific items.. looks like they have an idea of what they can get for them and only go that far. Not like they are bumping up the price aggressively.. or even at all in some cases. On items that have difficult to repair comments in the listing, they have avoided those.
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A couple of the K5 came back around yesterday. Listing did indicate they had sensor stains (which is good), and pricing was reasonable (already sold). Checking feedback profiles showed prior transactions with tlilgero1. I haven't seen any of the original K5 listings for a few days now (last sale on Feb 23rd).
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well that is a nice change.. I hope it stands

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I nabbed one

When I saw the tread I quickly bid on a "sensor stain" unit and won for just over a bill. Serial number removed also. Pleasantly surprised by the seemingly new condition and no evidence of sensor stain issue thus far. All in all just a gamble on a cheap backup to my K3.
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same, i just received mine with ~700 clicks and i don't notice any stains. i haven't tried to look TOO hard, some people suggest movie mode or live view, but i'm worried that it would induce stains to come and stay. nice upgrade to my k01 (and it shares the same battery!)
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Did you got body only? No battery, charger, box, etc.?
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body only, no box, no battery, etc.
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okay... just pulled the pin on one of the 16-50 DA* zooms... says "defective focus" hope like heck the screwdrive trick works!
Will report back in a week or two...
Either going to be a great deal or expensive brick.. hopefully the first...
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It looks like a fresh batch of K5 bodies is available from another seller in the Denver area.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mholford Quote
okay... just pulled the pin on one of the 16-50 DA* zooms... says "defective focus" hope like heck the screwdrive trick works!
Will report back in a week or two...
Either going to be a great deal or expensive brick.. hopefully the first...
well, got my da*16-50 today... first impression... the SDM works, the autofocus seems to work. Not sure why it was returned with defective focus... might have back or forward focus, but I'm not in a position to measure that right now... that will have to wait till later. So far pretty darn pleased that the lens looks perfect and seems to be working fine.

Guess I'll have to invest in a hood and caps after all.
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