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Taking a chance on a Lens Lot
Posted By: Cipher, 11-04-2019, 04:23 PM

I bid on an as-is lot of lenses and miscellany from KEH and won it for $51.The plan was to cannibalize some of the lenses
into various soft-focus lenses. I was surprised to find that most of the lenses were like new, and many of the accessories were actually useful. Only one lens was broken, as were the flashes. A quick run-down (from front to back, left to right):



Genuine SMC Pentax closeup lens (52mm)
K mount to 49mm lens reversing ring
20mm ext. tube, 2x and 3x teleconverters
Kalimar 135mm f2.8 in PK mount
Quarrymaster 80-205 f4.5 zoom PK mount

Non-Pentax M to K mount adapter (no infinity)
Generic viewfinder hood for Pentax
SMC Pentax-A 50mm f1.4 with bag(!)
Sakar 28-70 f3.5 zoom with macro (1:1.5) PK-A/R mount
Ritzcam 28-85 f3.5-4.5 zoom PK-A/R
Albinar 80-200 f4.5-5.6 zoom PK-A/R
Albinar 80-200 f3.9 zoom (broken)

Pentax 67 cold weather battery holder
2 dead flashes
Pentax winder ME II (apparently dead)
Pentax data back for MZ-5/ZX-5 (new)
Unknown plate
Fotodiox manual ext tube set for Nikon
Tamron C/Y 2 converter, C/Y to PK optical converter
Unknown Pentax SLR case


The kicker, of course, is the SMC-A 50mm f1.4. It is apparently OK, all my test shots were good, no evidence of de-centering.

The Kalimar 135 f2.8 seems to be a good performer as well. The Sakar zoom is interesting in that it really approaches macro territory.
All the other zooms are the usual culprits - The Ritzcam and Albinar f4.5 are newer designs.

If someone could use the Pentax case, winder or data back PM me and I'll send it out gratis. The 6x7 battery holder and plate are spoken for.

I'll be working on some of the funkier lenses this winter, if I get any worthwhile results from my experiments I'll post them here.

Last edited by Cipher; 11-06-2019 at 11:34 AM. Reason: punctuation, new info
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11-04-2019, 04:39 PM   #2
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Score! Have fun with that lot.
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Awesome! You didn't mention the eveready case... they're becoming hard to find in that condition. Alone, it's probably worth most of what you paid for the whole lot
11-04-2019, 04:48 PM   #4
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very nice find!
I would be interested in the 67 holder but for some reason I cannot pm you

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The Grizzly tool chest (in the back) is definitely worth more than the lot.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sergysergy Quote
very nice find!
I would be interested in the 67 holder but for some reason I cannot pm you
I adjusted my settings, it should work now.

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The Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4 alone at the price would have been a good deal. Congratulations.
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I adjusted my settings, it should work now.
Still no luck. Maybe you can pm me instead. If not no worries
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Nice haul! I love bidding on lots; there's almost always a few nice surprises.

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Congratulations! You will have hours of fun there. And some items (like the A 50/1.4) are a real score!
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FYI the unknown plate is used with the 67 Battery holder to add enough space under the camera to use it on a tripod with the cord underneath
Enjoy playing with the haul
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Congratulations on a nice catch! Enjoy the experimentation.
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Still no luck. Maybe you can pm me instead. If not no worries
Now it should work!
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I modified the broken Albinar into a 1:1 macro by removing the rear element assembly. Not exactly flat field:

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The dead flashes might just need new capacitors? Do you have a way (or a will ) to see if they are leaky?
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One flash is full of battery acid and the other is glued together.
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