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03-23-2015, 02:39 PM   #1
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Pentax M 85 F/2

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Pentax M 85 F/2

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150.00 USD - NOW $125

Item Location
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Item Description
Pentax-M SMC 85MM F/2 - Up for sale is a compact portrait lens that is capable of outstanding pictures. I am selling because it is something that won't get a lot of use in my current bag.

I rated in fair condition, because of the glass itself. No fungus, but there are some coating scratches that are on the front end of the lens. A few of them are significant. I purchased it this way. If the light catches it right, without a hood, this will cause flaring. So it technically can be an issue. I shot probably 100 shots with it, without a hood, and once it flared and messed up the shot.

The exterior of the lens is in good condition, but certainly has some wear on it. The focus is pretty smooth, and the aperture clicks the way it should. Functionally, it is fine.

The first picture shows the scratches on the surface. The second shows the particular scratch that is through the SMC that has caused flair (1x out of 100). The third is showing the rear of the lens is clean. The fourth is of my youngest daughter and you can tell at F/3.5 it does some pretty magic, but yes, my daughter is cute, too!

What do I think of this lens? At F/4 it makes magic. Wide open it is improved greatly with a hood, but F/3.5 and F/4 it is pretty stellar. This is the second copy I've owned, and for a long time I had an attitude that if it wasn't awesome wide open it wasn't an awesome lens. After I got a hood for it the image quality improved wide open. Well, stop down a few times and this will prove what it is worth. I was very impressed by some shots that I got out of it. I will post a few of them with this auction. Also I will post pictures to show you the coating issue on the front of the lens.

$125 shipped in the US.

International with good feedback PM for shipping costs.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

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Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Fair

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Returns accepted within 7 days if not as described.

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03-26-2015, 05:25 AM   #2
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Bump for a great FF portrait lens.
03-28-2015, 06:49 PM   #3
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I suppose people are scared of the condition. Seriously, it still takes great pics. Get one of Pentax's great 85s. Bump.
04-02-2015, 02:36 PM   #4
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It is better than you think. And at $150 it is a good price.

05-16-2015, 02:29 AM   #5
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I got a hood and shot with this and it was much better with the hood. At 2.8 and greater this takes some excellent pictures.

Priced to sell at $125. Thanks.
05-19-2015, 04:35 AM   #6
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Bump. Very capable lens. I feel as though the sharpness has improved or at least the contrast has from getting a hood. Definitely worth the asking price
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Bump for a great deal at $125 shipped in US
05-23-2015, 02:53 PM   #8
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How good is this lens? I think it demonstrates itself to be incredible at 3.5-4.0. These are pretty much straight out of the camera (had to bring up the exposure just a touch).
The first two pictures demonstrate it.
The third demonstrates the incredible bokeh (similar to the FA 77) at 2.8.

Pretty swell lens for its size. Yeah it is a beater, for sure. But $125 shipped in the US is a good price. I need a buyer by Monday otherwise I can't send it out for a few weeks. I dropped the price to being pretty fair.

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Most peeps probably scared of the scratch. You gave beautiful children !
05-24-2015, 06:32 AM   #10
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Thanks. I understand being scared of the scratch, but the pictures demonstrate how well it still performs. The bokeh can be breathtaking from it. And I am by no means a pro photographer.
 

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