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Old Feb 24, 2009, 12:05 AM   #1
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Got two lenses that I "won" on Ebay today. Got a 400mm f/5.6 TX Vivitar lens and a 75-205mm f/3.5 P/K mount lens. The 400mm I paid a little too much for but they are getting scarce so the extra didn't hurt too bad. The 75-205 I got for 99 cents and shipping.
The 400mm in the photos looked in A-1 condition. As I unwrapped it today I got a shock....The little plastic block that houses the ratcheting lock mechanism was missing....OH SH$%!!!! No way to get the lens mount adapter to stay on....$%^&&%^%%$$#$$%^^^%%$ .. Now I either have to make one or buy a Cheap and I mean C-H-E-A-P! T4 or TX lens and cannibalize it for the lock block. Also not mentioned in the add was the big dent in the lens shade...Looks like somebody dropped it hard and this is the result! %$#$#@@#$$%^&&& DAM$% flim flamming no good #$%^^$##@#%$%^& ^T%$$#$%$%^&& sorry a#%&%! WHEWW!!! Oh well...It ain't like I haven't had to get dents out before....and another lock block can be had...and the lens otherwise is in almost new condition....SIGH!!! Now we can look at the other one.

I unwrapped it and it had some brassing and the lettering was a little dirty. I got a lens exactly like this at one time from Roy and it had a Minolta mount that I modified to a P/K mount but it had to be used like a screw mount lens in manual stop down as the linkage didn't mate up too well. I liked the IQ with that lens so much I've held onto it all this time. Now I had a P/K mount version so the other can be given away or retired to the ash can. Lets see that lens now....OH FOR CRYING OUTLOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DA$%^&* IT!! FUNGUSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! JEEEUSSSUS KRIMENY!!!!! Right in the middle and covering the whole front lens element is a mass of spider webbing. FUNGUSSSUSSUSS!! Nobody mention this either.....Settle down old boy ..I tells me! Letmeseehere. I got that other lens....yes I do....It don't have no fungus....no it don't....I can take that front lens element and swap it for this one....yes I Can!! So I does!! Voila' A near perfect lens now and it has a P/K mount from the factory!!! Yeah me!! I done did it!!! Yeah me again!!

Then I seeze the 400mm and go into another raving cuss fit!!!

The moral is you never can be sure what you get on Ebay...Sometimes a rose and sometimes a BLEEKING PILE OF STINKING SH^&!!!!!!!... That's alright...I'll drink a case of Icehouse beer and be over it in a day or two.

Then I see tha 400mm lens and go to raving all over!!! Got I'm glad I got to go to work......OH Hale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!

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Old Feb 24, 2009, 7:52 AM   #3
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I'll live. Thanks though.

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Just take it apart and consider it a project, we all know you like doing that anyway.

ebay is a crap shoot and it is only worth dealing with because most people are more than honest with what they sell, but then you do get one like this at times.

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Just take it apart and consider it a project, we all know you like doing that anyway.

ebay is a crap shoot and it is only worth dealing with because most people are more than honest with what they sell, but then you do get one like this at times.

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Thanks Tom...I've already fixed the one and will fix the other in the near future. I've 2 more on the way and hopefully they will be good ones.

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I'm sorry to hear of your bad luck Dawg, but I'm glad you took the time to tell your story. It gives some balance to ebay sales story, not every purchase is the high quality bargain we all hope to get.

Better hunting next time.

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Hi Ed, I know you'll get over your recent bad luck on Ebay, but it does sometimes bounce the other way ...I recently bought a SMC-M 50/1.7 advertised as having

fungus, having previously dismantled and cleaned similar lenses, I put in a low bid and won it. ... Outcome is I can't see any sign of fungus or dust for that matter, the

lens lives up to it's excellent reputation in use, and I don't see any other problems except none standard lens caps,so no need to do anything with it, I

definitely got a bargain :-). ... Jack.

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I'm sorry to hear of your bad luck Dawg, but I'm glad you took the time to tell your story. It gives some balance to ebay sales story, not every purchase is the high quality bargain we all hope to get.

Better hunting next time.

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Thanks Simon...Got 2 more coming this week...maybe they will be gems.....Hope so anyway!!

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jachol wrote:
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Hi Ed, I know you'll get over your recent bad luck on Ebay, but it does sometimes bounce the other way ...I recently bought a SMC-M 50/1.7 advertised as having

fungus, having previously dismantled and cleaned similar lenses, I put in a low bid and won it. ... Outcome is I can't see any sign of fungus or dust for that matter, the

lens lives up to it's excellent reputation in use, and I don't see any other problems except none standard lens caps,so no need to do anything with it, I

definitely got a bargain :-). ... Jack.
Sounds like a good bargain too Jack. I got a Super Tak 50mm f/1.4 the same way. had a touch of something in the small end lens but a dose of windex took it out and it has performed well since...Oh yeah...got it for $0.01 and picked it up 20 miles from my house for no shipping charge. I've gotten waaay more good deals this way than bad ones...even the 75-205 from Roy was a gem of a deal and saved the day with this new one of mine.

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Ebay is no longer as user unfriendly as it used to be. Unless items were sold "as is" the seller is obliged to take back anything with undisclosed defects. If you paid by PayPal, you have Buyer's Protection and can get a refund from them and they will go back to the seller themselves. If a lens has been dropped there may be internal misalignments that you can't see until you use it, and switching lenses is no guarantee that the swapped elements will match properly - a couple of bucks aren't worth the bother, but if you paid more than a few dollars for something, don't suffer with it send it back!
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