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12-21-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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Interesting, inexpensive older prime lenses with problems

Hi all. I'm taking my first steps in learning to service lenses, and I'm looking for a few inexpensive lenses to experiment with.

I'm looking for primes only to begin with - no zooms - and ideally at the shorter end; something between 24mm and 85mm (though I'd consider others) in either K or M42 mount. The kinds of problems I'd be happy to accept would be general dirt / heavy dust, light fungus, lazy / stuck / oily aperture, stiff focus ring (again, I may consider others). I don't mind if the outer optical elements have light marks and scratches, but would prefer no significant chips or cracks in the glass. Don't mind if the cosmetic condition of the exterior is a bit rough - however, if it looks like someone has obviously tried to get into the lens before and stripped the heads of screws, or if the lens is incomplete in some way, it probably wouldn't suit me (I'm just a beginner at this stuff!).

It's quite possible my early attempts at lens servicing will end in disaster, so I'm looking for inexpensive lenses only at this stage. If you have something you're unlikely to find time to restore for your own use, please consider letting it go to a new home?

I'm in the UK, so it would be great if someone in the UK or Europe has something like this to sell. Otherwise, I'd be happy to buy from any country if shipping is not prohibitive.

This is my first ad here on PentaxForums, but I have a lengthy eBay history (mainly as a buyer in recent years) which is 100% positive. Payment by PayPal, or other method if you prefer.

Thanks in advance!

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Too bad no zooms. I have an inexpensive SMC Pentax-M 40-80mm F2.8-4 with fungus that you could try your hand at cleaning.
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If you decide you want to move into zooms, I have a couple that just need some pins replaced to get the aperture control working again.
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If you were in Canada my friend has a couple, but shipping costs wouldn't make it worthwhile...
Try looking in thrift stores, you might find some there.

Good luck!

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I have a Super-Lentar 1:2.8 35mm in m42 mount but there's nothing wrong with it. It works perfectly. Let me know what you think. It even has the original front lens cap and box.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
If you are willing to cover the shipping from the US, I can probably stuff several into a box and send them your way. I'm pretty sure there is no import duty on non-working/parts items as well.

Repaur advice is free as well
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