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01-10-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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Pentax Asahi Spotmatic and Accessories...Price?

Hello all! My grandfather was over in Japan during Vietnam and acquired a Asahi Pentax Spotmatic. I don't have much interest in photography and don't know how to use the camera but am sure that someone else would! The camera is in good condition.

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It's probably worth around $100. If you do want to sell this stuff, go ahead and post it on the marketplace here:
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Because I'm new on the forum, I can't edit my post but I was wondering how much these items would be valued at? I'm having difficulty doing research online.
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Well, somehow I managed to delete half of my original post but here's the description: It has been kept in a leather Asahi Pentax cover. The camera bag also included a Kako Hi-Beam II, a Kenko Auto Teleplus lens extender, and Hoya filters. These items do have their little instruction booklets/papers but the camera unfortunaltey does not. It all comes wrapped in a Japanese camera bag! I uploaded pictures so you can all see the lovely treasures I discovered.

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There is also a Cosmos APS Auto Teleplis 2x lens
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These are good quality cameras, and were expensive when new. I love them, and have over five Spotmatics myself. Since you may wish to sell this on ebay if not here, you may find giving some of the following information will assist you. You don't have to be an expert to check the following:


It will help sell your camera if you let people know more about it.


1) The condition of the lens - fungus? haze? dust? scratches? glass - coating? (Use a light when checking lens) Operation of focus and aperture rings (are they stiff, sloppy or smooth?)

2) The shutter: Put it on 1 second speed, and check if it sounds about right for 1 second opening. Do other speeds sound faster? How do the curtains look (if it is an SLR?)

3) The condition of the foam on the mirror bumper and backdoor seals. Is it gummy and crumbling?

4) If it has a self timer, does it work? Yours does have. Cock the shutter, then move the lever on front face 90 degrees to expose the release button

5) If it has a depth of field button or lever or switch, do they work? (Best checked with the lens closed down to a small opening) Yours is on the lens itself.

6) Describe what you see looking at the camera: Dents? Scratches? Dirt? The more the buyer knows, the less he will hesitate to buy. You should not expect more than $100 unless the camera is in serviced condition.

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Don't forget to take that lens cover off and get a nice clear picture of the front of the lens (with or without the camera).

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