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$2619 for 135mm A/1.8
Posted By: Clinton, 03-27-2010, 08:29 AM

I haven't actually seen a pristine one of these on ebay. I haven't got the dough for this model, but maybe you do...

SMC Pentax-A* (star) 135mm/f1.8 lens fit K20D 135/1.8 - eBay (item 310209679752 end time Apr-25-10 02:56:46 PDT)
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04-03-2010, 11:33 PM   #2
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Updated link: *Mint in box* SMC Pentax-A* (star) 135mm/f1.8 135/1.8 - eBay (item 270557710249 end time May-03-10 00:44:28 PDT)

I really wish this lens was more in the $650 range rather than the $2650 range :P
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QuoteOriginally posted by cgoudie Quote
Updated link: *Mint in box* SMC Pentax-A* (star) 135mm/f1.8 135/1.8 - eBay (item 270557710249 end time May-03-10 00:44:28 PDT)

I really wish this lens was more in the $650 range rather than the $2650 range :P
This price caused a bit of a gasp from me! After getting over the shock I thought about it and I think this seller has this priced at about 4 times the going rate for these lenses. There are a number of 135 mm f1.8 available that are T-mount, M42 mount or others that are as good as this and they all work the same on any digital, manual settings only. So why ask so much?? Oh Well.
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The seller is in Asia, China in this case...I have found that better and rare lenses seem to be much more costly over there than here in the US as well as other places...not accounting, of course for prices increased due to VAT issues.

Plus, not a lot of those lenses were made so in the shown condition, it also attracts collectors. Being back in the antiques & collectibles business (I grew up in it and took it over about 15yrs back now), but collectors are an interesting bunch because they want what they want and it seems even more so when some economies are bad (those with money are rarely adversely affected by such things, if they know what they are doing that is...). Plus there are also those who just want to do something that makes them feel things aren't so bad and spend on impulse items just for the endorphin release from signing that check or pressing that BUY button...

It will be interesting to watch if it sells...

But, what a beautiful bit of gear...and a wonderful lens performance wise.

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how can it be mint if its got a gash on the barrel? I think its overpriced. that being said, id love to have it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
how can it be mint if its got a gash on the barrel? I think its overpriced. that being said, id love to have it!
While I would not exactly call or grade the issue as a "gash", it is minor damage to the finish, specifically a scuff/light scratch. And my problem with the description, or any others which do the same thing, is the seller uses terms which have no real definition such as a "grade", A- and "Mint-" in this case. Neither of those terms have legal definitions when describing an item from a collector's POV. It's always best to simply describe the issue and perhaps relate it in terms of flawless pieces of the same type.

I agree, more cash than I would spend yet, still I would love to own it. So, if I feel that way, I know there will be someone out there who will give in to "buyer anxiety" and pull the trigger eventually. Just hope it goes to someone who not only appreciates it but is also willing to actually use it now and again.
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What's a fair price for one of these lenses these days anyway?
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QuoteOriginally posted by cgoudie Quote
What's a fair price for one of these lenses these days anyway?
What I have seen on some of the internet dealers and on Ebay is prices ranging from 3 to 400 for less well known brands to perhaps as much as 1,000 for a really great condition main brand lens. But that was only in an Ebay auction so it could be a fluke of bidding. The Pentax one I have seen at 700 to 900. This is why I commented on a near 3,000 "Buy It Now" for the lens. I just do not think the seller will get that much. However I have seen people bid more than twice what a non camera item was priced at originally even though the auction did not state the functional condition of the item. In the same 3 month period that one sold in I bought an almost identical one for 20 percent of that auctions ending bid. At that I was at about half what most were selling for at that time in 2006.

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What's a fair price for one of these lenses these days anyway?
I have not seen one less than $1500 in years, and that was a crappy copy. I would like an A* 85 though. Oh God (sigh).
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It's still sitting out there, tempting us with it's $2619 price tag...
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the listing ended, some time ago i would imagine, as since clinton commented above, it has already been close to 3 months now. I wonder what became of it?
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I can't understand the logic of this price. Not when you can buy a new Canon 135 f2 & a new camera body to go with it for $1,800 from B&H. Why on earth would anyone spend over $1500 then for a MF 135 lens?
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I can't understand the logic of this price. Not when you can buy a new Canon 135 f2 & a new camera body to go with it for $1,800 from B&H. Why on earth would anyone spend over $1500 then for a MF 135 lens?
It's about the same(logic) as the SMC AF 1.7x TC I saw for $900.00
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I see there's a couple of them on ebay now for $2200
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