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03-20-2010, 08:39 AM   #1
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The "Keeper" Lens Club -- You'll regret it if you sell it.

So here's a thread for all you LBA victims out there (me included).

All of us are craving that next really great sexy lens, and many of us begin to cannabilize our existing lens collections to keep pace. Some of us have ended up selling lenses that we later regretted.

So I've created the "Keeper" Lens Club. Those lenses that are so great and so coveted that if you sell them, you know you'll regret it. Either because its hard to find them again or because their value only keeps on going up and up. So I'd love to hear from you all (just one rule the lens can't be currently in production). Otherwise any make for K or M42 mount.

Let me get you all started:

Pentax FA* 24 f2.0 -- This is a controversial lens but there is nothing that is that sharp, that fast, in that FL. And it fills the gap between the DA 21 and the FA31 rather nicely. It covers the full frame.

Weltblick 135mm f1.8 (M42) -- This is a really rare lens and it is ridiculously fast for the focal length. Its different from the sigmatel, porst versions. Quite the bokeh master with razor thin DOF. All metal and glass and that's quite a lot of it 82mm lens diameter.

Carl Zeiss Distagon 20mm f2.8 (M42) -- This wide angle also covers the full frame really nice and is amazing for its lack of distortion. Pretty fast too for the FL. All nice and metallic and not too big.

So any others anyone? (e.g. FA* 85 1.4, A* 135mm 1.8, etc)

03-20-2010, 09:21 AM   #2
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Helios-40 (40-2) 85mm F1.5 (M39/42).

Bought one mint for $100 or so and couldn't resist the market price and sold for $300+.

Worst decision I ever made.
03-20-2010, 11:08 AM   #3
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Most of my keepers could be classed as "lenses I'd be an idiot to sell because they cost so little and do so much" -- Vivitar 90/2.8 macro ($3); Vivitar Series 1 Version 1 70-21/3.5 (US$32); Isco-Westron (Schneider) 35/2.8 ($27); Nikkor 85/2 ($9); Pentax SMC-M 28/2.8 ($32); all the Takumars.

Then there's a keeper that's in "lenses I was an idiot to buy and I'll never be able to sell for anywhere near what I paid" -- the Lil'Bigma -- Sigma APO DGL 170-500/5-6.3 (US$1075). I must have been eating stupid pills the day I bought that.
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I'll just state the obvious:
FA 31 ltd
FA 77 ltd

then the less obvious
FA 100/2.8 macro - these guys I simply don't see in the marketplace or stores, and my copy is just a dream to shoot with
Tamron 70-200/2.8 - can't see myself doing away with this beauty
Tamron 28-75 - it's superfluous in my kit in terms of focal range coverage, but the FL range of this fine lens is just perfect for fast candid captures like in weddings.

then the unexpected
Pentax DA* 16-50 - yep, you read it right, my most used lens and by far my best ever in this focal range. Love it.
Pentax DA 55-300 - why? It's just so versatile and compact. I have thought a few times to sell it now that I have the Tamron 70-200 with a TC, but each time I do I recognise I'd regret not having the quality lens in such a small package.

In fact, I'd regret selling any of my lenses.

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Awwww geez, Ash. I just picked up a DA* 60-250 and figured I should probably list my DA 55-300 in the marketplace to augment the cash flow, and now you have to go tell me I'll regret it. Damn! Truth be told, at some point I've regretted selling every lens.
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Some Zeiss lenses i'm "eyeballing" right now since i can now do this to most of them..

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03-20-2010, 02:27 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by vandamro Quote
So I'd love to hear from you all (just one rule the lens can't be currently in production).
So why all these nice lenses that are in production?

So one that is definetly not.

The fine F135 2.8:

Only from my cold hands...


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I can't say I've ever regretted selling a lens. I sell them because I don't use them for one reason or another. I've owned no less than 4 FA50 f1.4 lenses, the first one I bought because it was THE one to have at the time. Nice enough glass but I never grew to love the plastic feeling body. The other 3 I bought specifically to resell and made money on all 3. After reading all the hype about the FA35 f2, I decided I just had to have one. Lovely glass but the body again, didn't care for it. Resold it. Had a Helios 40. Interesting lens, like mounting a cinderblock on the front of the camera, sold it, no regrets. Bigma, again, very nice glass, very usable all in one range, but just couldn't get use to using it so it just sat. Sold it, no regrets.

Now, lenses that I will NOT sell (with one exception) are the ones shown in my sig. In addition, I'm sure I would regret selling my Vivitar 105mm Macro. The A50 f1.2, 1.4, and 1.7 are also staying here.

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I regret selling my DA 35 Limited, Never had to do any processing with this lens, very sharp and perfect colors right out of the camera.

I also regretted selling my DA* 50-135, so I bought another one.
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Apart from collecting a stack of limiteds for the sheer pleasure of ownership, and DA* zooms, my kit pleases me almost perfectly.

Sigma 17-70 : so reliable and good, my camera is always stored with that lens mounted
F50 f1,7 : does things no other lens will do
FA 50 macro : sharpest lens I've ever used, with contrast to booth
DA 18-55 WR : what, a kit lens here? This WR cutie is light, reliable, and can follow me anywhere. It's my hiking/showshoeing/snorkeling/rainy day lens. I know I can trust it.

I'd have no problems seeing the FA 100-300 go if I coul d replace it with something better, but often I feel its relative low performances are caused by me (and motion blur at 300 mm) and not the lens itself.

One lens I sold for a great price but still miss sometimes is the Vivitar series 1 70-210 f3,5. The saturation thi lens delivered was out o this world, honestly the best I've had. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. But the wife will not use a MF lens, and at two pounds it was quite heavy. So it didn't see much use. But a part of me still regrets selling it. I might just buy it again if I find one at the right price.
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FA*200/4 Macro.
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Sell? Why would I sell? I love all my babies...


(Except maybe the 200s...)
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Sell? Why would I sell? I love all my babies...


(Except maybe the 200s...)
those are my exact words... if I dont catch sight of my 3 amigos on a daily basis I get cold turkey

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Either because its hard to find them again or because their value only keeps on going up and up.

You left out the obvious 3rd choice - because of the image it produces.


Oh, I just saw the one rule, sorry. Still you'll regret selling it.

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I'll go with the two lenses in my collection I would least like to part with:

K 200/2.5 - fastest 200mm Pentax ever made. Very bright in viewfinder, tank
like construction and very sharp

A 100/2.8 macro - brutally sharp, great build


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