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04-23-2018, 11:55 AM - 1 Like   #12346
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Sunday was mostly disappointing, though I did get a Canon Eos 300 35mm body for £3 and a 62mm skylight filter for 50p

Yesterday was hopefully better, though it didn't seem that way at first - I went looking for a Cash Converters shop that had advertised a Micro Nikkor lens on their web site, but had a lot of trouble finding the place - and when I got there it turned out that they'd sold it over the weekend. But fortunately they did have some other lenses etc., and I ended up buying a really nice SMC Takumar 200mm f4 with skylight filter and original caps for £15. It's very clean, there are a couple of tiny scuffs and wear to the paint but that's about it. The only problem I have with it is that the open aperture metering gear can get in the way when using it with a lens adapter unless you're extra careful putting the adapter on, it's slightly trickier than the usual M42 lens, but that's probably just the converter I'm using rather than a generic flaw. It's a very nice lens, and should make me some money.
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Well I thought today I would have a nice 120cm octabox with grid for a shoot, but yesterday Purolator driver decided the address must be wrong since it wasn't a house (but he made no attempt to actually pull into the lot and check with reception where I work) , Amazon is trying to force a before 4 pm delivery today so I have it in time, and they have extended my prime membership. I can rent but the rent is almost the cost of the one I bought (though Amazon did suggest they would offset/cover it ) ...I can probably borrow one , it's more the running around factor for the rental or the borrow
or i can use my regular softbox and get the lizard eye effect lol
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The next couple of days are going to be exciting. New to me bag for the 6x7, 67 SMC 55/4 lens and a rosewood right hand grip for the 6x7 are all inbound from Virginia, Japan and Thailand.

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The legendary A 645 35/3.5 with Pentax soft case and aftermarket hood for the new film camera. They’re finally coming down in price from the stratosphere.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
The legendary A 645 35/3.5 with Pentax soft case and aftermarket hood for the new film camera. They’re finally coming down in price from the stratosphere.
Maybe because the FA and D FA versions are now readily available. However, neither of these newer versions offer SDM or AW protection, wonder why not?
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
The legendary A 645 35/3.5 with Pentax soft case and aftermarket hood for the new film camera. Theyíre finally coming down in price from the stratosphere.
I picked one of these up at what was a steal at the time, well below what the market was asking for these lenses. I believe I picked up two 645 A lenses for less than what I was seeing quite a few 35s go for alone.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jtkratzer Quote
I picked one of these up at what was a steal at the time, well below what the market was asking for these lenses. I believe I picked up two 645 A lenses for less than what I was seeing quite a few 35s go for alone.
I have now a pristine 645 w/ cap and strap, 5 Prime lenses with hoods and caps (3 OEM, 1 self and 1 AM Tulip); Pentax 645>K Adapter, an extra eyepiece and eyecup, 3 Film cassettes with cases (essentially all the little $25 bits) for <$900. Itís a SuperPROGRAM on steroids.

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I have now a pristine 645 w/ cap and strap, 5 Prime lenses with hoods and caps (3 OEM, 1 self and 1 AM Tulip); Pentax 645>K Adapter, an extra eyepiece and eyecup, 3 Film cassettes with cases (essentially all the little $25 bits) for <$900. It’s a SuperPROGRAM on steroids.
I have four lenses, two 120 inserts and the 645n. Didn’t do quite as well as you did though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
I opted for an FA 43
You'll love it. What a great lens!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marcus Rowland Quote
.....a Cash Converters shop..
We have a Cash Converters shop near here although I rarely see anything of interest (certainly little or no "Pentax-relevant" stuff) - but I'd be interested to know as to what extent they tend to be amenable to "bargaining" on prices and so on?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jeallen01 Quote
We have a Cash Converters shop near here although I rarely see anything of interest (certainly little or no "Pentax-relevant" stuff) - but I'd be interested to know as to what extent they tend to be amenable to "bargaining" on prices and so on?
Not very - the usual response is that prices are set by their head office.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marcus Rowland Quote
Not very - the usual response is that prices are set by their head office.
I had a look at the Cash Converter's site this afternoon and (unfortunately for their prospective customers!) some of their prices are "rather optimistic"!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jeallen01 Quote
I had a look at the Cash Converter's site this afternoon and (unfortunately for their prospective customers!) some of their prices are "rather optimistic"!
I agree - but sometimes they simply have no idea what they have or mess up and you can get a bargain. In the last year I've got a Nikon EF with 50mm series E lens for £25, an SMC Takumar/6x7 55/3.5 which I think was also £25, and this. And if I knew someone in the London area who was using a 6x6 Kiev I'd be pointing them at the 300mm Tair lens that their Camden branch has had in stock for the last year or so.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jtkratzer Quote
I have four lenses, two 120 inserts and the 645n. Didnít do quite as well as you did though.
But you have a 645n I cannot believe some of these lenses cost less than K-mount A50/1.4.
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