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Pentax Lenses on eBay skyrocketing


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creampuff

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With more people joining the Pentax bandwagon, the prices for Pentax lenses seem to have gone up very dramatically. Shock and horror!!!! Just look at some items that caught my eye: :bigeyes:

Pentax-A 24mm f2.8 ~ US$281
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=250106880468&rd=1&rd=1

Pentax SMC-F 85mm f2.8 Soft Focus (very rare) ~ US$333
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=270111499212&rd=1&rd=1

Pentax K 105 f2.8 ~ US$265.99
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=250106881405&rd=1&rd=1

Pentax FA 20-35mm f4 ~ US$391.50
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=140108913998&rd=1&rd=1

Pentax FA 50 f1.7 ~ US$212.50
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=140108917881&rd=1&rd=1

Pentax A 28 f2.8 ~ US$138
http://cgi.ebay.com/SMC-PENTAX-A-1-...41QQihZ018QQcategoryZ4688QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Pentax FA 85mm f1.4 ~ US$1,351
http://cgi.ebay.com/SMC-Pentax-FA-1...0QQihZ012QQcategoryZ48558QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 

fengwei

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It's good (if you are selling) and bad (if you are buying) ;). To me, I just regret that I sold some lenses too early :cry:
 

airconvent

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with the K10D and K100D, the demand may have increased somewhat but I think prices in ebay remain decent and mostly affordable. in some cases, 2 identical items can be sold at very huge difference in price. The key is whether someone who really wants the item is bidding with you at that exact moment...
 

creampuff

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It's not that prices have definitely crept up, but the number of Pentax items getting snapped up quickly by aggressive bidders. It's like many people chasing for a gradually fewer pool of items.

It was pretty easy to pick up say a 135 f3.5 or 200 f4 M lens cheap below US$50 but now there are fewer being listed and the start bid and final bid prices for them have gone up. A 28mm f2.8 A lens that could be picked up just below US$100 last year but this year, but now bids have shot beyond US$120. Just take a look at teleconvertors and you see prices going up as well.

I would put the variation in price to differing condition of the item, number of similar items listed and whether the seller accepts worldwide bids. Noticed quite a number of bidders from South Korea too (Samsung factor).
 

alanswan

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Economics lor... Demand go up, supply constant, so price go up lor...
But wah lau... Pentax FA 85mm f1.4 ~ US$1,351 Scary man...
And FA 85mm soft-focus? Or the lens got problem? :S

PS - But seriously, I think I got buy stuff from that torontosuplus shop before.... :p
 

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