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Goodwill - Super-Takumar 50mm F1.4 (Early 8-Element Variant) - I think
Posted By: RockvilleBob, 03-22-2013, 08:07 AM

Goodwill has a Takumar 50mm 1.4 which I think is the early 8 element version up for auction shopgoodwill.com - #12762912 - Super-Takumar 1:1.4/50mm Lens w/M42 Screw Mount#4 - 3/27/2013 6:05:00 PM

I am not positive but I think it is the early 8 element version


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03-22-2013, 08:56 AM   #2
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It's the 8 element...
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What is the price range for that lens?
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The average in the lens review section is $87 US with the most recent reviewer (late 2012) paying $75.

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Expect to pay over $150 for one in great shape at auction. Some have gone for as high as $225 recently on ebay.
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Thank you for the quick response. From what I have seen from one member on the forums the Takumar (they have a 90 2.8) seems to me to be the highest quality for lenses in that price range ($400-$500 new automatic) compared to other lenses reviewed on this forum. I have not done a lot of research on the subject, just what I have observed on the forums. Are my impressions correct?
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Nice.

I am on the lookout for one in HK after being inspired by this:

My time with the Pentax K1000 & Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4″ By Khunya Pan | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS
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I suggest you to get it when you have the chance.
It will not let you disappointed

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QuoteOriginally posted by MegaPower Quote
I suggest you to get it when you have the chance.
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Dod you buy yours in HK or the US? May I also ask how much you paid for it?
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Which is just another reason why the price averages in the lens review section are utterly worthless.

Expect to pay at least $95-100 for a decent copy of the 7-element version from a reputable source, $125 and up if it's been UV treated to remove the thorium yellowing. If you find a good sample of the 8 element version for under $200, you are doing quite well.

You might be able to save a few bucks shopping on the goodwill site, but remember, the people listing the items there are being paid about $7 an hour and know next to nothing about camera gear. In my experience with them, you will find fungus or other serious problems in somewhere between 1/3 to 1/2 of the gear they sell. And since it is being sold as-is, they will in most cases not honor return requests.

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The average in the lens review section is $87 US with the most recent reviewer (late 2012) paying $75.
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There is one on my local Craigslist for $100 with a Spotomatic body. No response to my email yet.

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QuoteOriginally posted by atupdate Quote
There is one on my local Craigslist for $100 with a Spotomatic body. No responce to my email yet.

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The seller's spam filter is probably filtering out all the craigslist mail...
03-25-2013, 05:15 AM   #13
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You can still get lucky with an overlooked auction. Picked up a 7 element 50/1.4 for around 50 recently. Came with camera, case and flash. Camera needed a cleaning which seemed more effort than it was worth, so I just took the flash and lens. Not complaining in the least, and with the limited time I've had to test it out, I'm very pleased.
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Yes, this is certainly true for most vintage lenses,almost across the board. Of course the downside is the crap-shoot aspect of it - people who don't know enough about the lens to list it separately or at least provide basic information like length and aperture generally also are not the best judges of quality and functionality. The Goodwill people are probably the best example of this.

I've bought several things off that site but have never bid more than I thought was a large enough margin below actual value to make up for the significant risk involved. I've also found that specific Goodwill locations are much better in their assessments and handling of camera gear than others. Seattle (where this one is) seems to be one of the better ones, probably as a result of the longtime popularity of the photography hobby there. Surprisingly, however, nearby Tacoma is absolutely the worst. They should be avoided at ALL costs.

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Good advice @dcshooter. My lens didn't come from a goodwill site but rather a large and well known auction web site - where it is still possible to find the odd sleeper auction that goes for far less than one might expect. I should have made that clearer in my post.
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