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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:09 pm 
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To be able to find old lenses for a reasonable price that I can easily use on my DLSR is one of the main reasons why I went the K-mount route. I have for years been looking for older second hand prime lenses to use with my Samsung GX-20 ( the K20D’s syster model).

I’m not that keen on buying vintage lenses online since I want to see them with my own eyes before I make a deal so I’ve had to rely on scavenging flea markets and second hand shops or online ads where I can go and meet the seller in person. I've not had much luck with those options of finding lenses since Pentax isn’t that big in Sweden due to Canikon being the mainstream’s camera of choice.

However, last weekend I went to a flea market and spotted an SLR and some lenses at a distance on a table. I pinched my arm when I saw that it was a Pentax ME bundled with three lenses

It’s fun to own a ME but that camera will be nothing more than a interior ornament in my flat. My main focus was on the three K-mount prime lenses. I asked the seller what he wanted for the lot. He said 300 SEK (46 USD). I asked him if he knew that they were in a working order, he didn’t. I used that as a reason to haggle down the price a bit to 200 SEK (31 USD).

All the lenses work flawlessly and they seem to be in good condition.
Takumar 135mm F2.5,
Smc Pentax-M 50mm F1.7
Smc Pentax-M 135mm F3.5

Having in mind that all those lenses can cost more than 100 USD each on ebay if in mint condition I’d say that it was well spent money!


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It's always nice when you spot something like that. I wonder why people don't bother selling on ebay for the unpopular yet reasonably valuable stuff?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:19 pm 
Nice score ! Wish we had flea markets like that !

I think people don't bother with putting camera stuff on ebay as it is too much trouble. What with having to take pictures and provide descriptions and all :) Then field questions wanting more details :)

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The 50mm 1.7 M series is a good manual Lens. I use it quite often


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:46 pm 
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Sounds like a bargain - well done :D

I am still searching the charity shops here in Wales in the vain hope there may be a Pentax 250-600 knocking around for £10 or so :lol: :lol:

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