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11-03-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Bodies or bodies with lenses?

I've purchased all sorts of Pentax equipment over the past few years, and am busy trimming the collection. Not having done any selling of film bodies, I'm wondering what's the best route to take - sell the film bodies I have, each separately, or combine them with a suitable lens (I have a few 28/2.8s, for example, and some 50's) and sell as a combo?

My eBay experience makes me think separate may be slightly better, and the bodies are not collectibles (MG, MV, ME, MX, ME Super, P30n, K1000), but I have no idea whether there would be more interest if they were mated with a lens. Then again, a lens buyer might be put off by the presence of a body they probably don't want.

What say the SLR film body buffs?


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as buyer, my perception is that often a lens on its own will sell for more than when it is attached to a camera. Conversely, I scour the bodies to see if any have some interesting lens attached.

If I needed a body... I don't really make much of an issue whether there's a lens attached or not. Only if it's say an A lens I don't have, say. I am getting rather shelf-heavy in the 28's and 50's, but won't let that stop me from buying a nice body if I needed the body.
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Yep, that's what I've also noticed - you can sometimes find a nice lens by not looking for lenses!

You've got some great stuff on Flickr - I like the way you've "industrialized" some of those shots.
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As you say, the bodies are not collectibles, with the possible exception of the K1000 (I saw one going for $450AUD the other day), so I'd be inclined to offer body and lens packages. People think they're getting a real bargain - and let's face it, they are!

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That K1000 must have been one of the very early models! later ones are not nearly worth that, even in absolutely pristine condition, I think.

I might have to combine lenses with bodies and try to attract the attention to the lens, rather than the body, maybe even in the listing title. Whatever the case, you're right about the bargains.
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If it were me. I'd sell 'em seperate and that way folk can buy what they want, there's no right or wrong way here, just the way it works out.

If only I could find a way to market hindsight that could become foresight.

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