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Old May 27, 2007, 8:08 AM   #11
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a lester dine just went for 308usd on ebay. there's been a make offer for some time and people have been getting the viv105 for around 200usd.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=110129831061

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Roy,

It happens all the time on Ebay UK, This item is available regularly at this buy now price,sometimes the guy puts one up for bids, and on more than one occasion I've seen it bid up to overĀ£120, it's unbelievable.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TAMRON-70-300-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old May 27, 2007, 8:12 AM   #12
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bottom line is , it's worth whatever someone is willing to pay. folks need to draw a line tho.

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Old May 27, 2007, 9:22 AM   #13
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bottom line is , it's worth whatever someone is willing to pay. folks need to draw a line tho.

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Roy - I don't totally disagree with you, but then I guess I do. Last summer I thought the prices of the FA*300 and A*300 lenses were getting high (and bought my A*300 for what had been the going rate, for which I am eternally grateful for), but now that FA*300 that sold for just over the $1000 I bid it up to now looks like a great deal. I just keep hoping that prices will stabilize and drop a bit. I think they will when Pentax and the third party lens makers start selling/getting inventory levels up of top quality glass in the Pentax mount.

I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the top quality more manual lenses drop in price once Pentax releases the new HSM lenses and the two big third party lens makers release some of their offeringsin Pentax mount. That should draw off quite a bit of the K10 users, leaving those manual lenses to the K100/K110 and *ist users.
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Old May 27, 2007, 9:54 AM   #14
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I have lenses what I need is a camera. I've baught used film cameras before but used digital scares me a little. But what's a poor boy to do.
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Old May 27, 2007, 12:34 PM   #15
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mtngal, I really suspect that the frenzy of lens buying, and subsequent price inflation, is caused by people like me.

How many buyers of the K10D and K100D are first time DSLR buyers? These are people who choose a DSLR because of the additional flexibility it offers over top end P&S cameras. One of the selling points on which they chose the Pentax camera was the back-compatibility with 30+ years of Pentax lenses. They know that the kit lens is inadequate, but they don't know enough about lens technology to to make informed decisions, so they use the theory that more is better

With the popularity of the Pentax cameras, the market is flooded with relatively uninformed buyers who have only limited knowledge of market value. They want new toys to fill out their kit. I have been guilty of that, I know.

I have been fortunate enough to read these forums faithfully enough to learn that I should have a pretty good idea of why I want a particular lens before I bid. However, I suspect there are many who are interested in putting together an impressive collection in terms of numbers of lenses rather than quality.
And me...But like Roy I put in a lot of bids each week with a high end limit that I will not go over. I've gotten several really sweet lenses for a tiny fraction of what they are going for now...My latest was a crystal clear 135mm Super Takumar for 18.99 plus shipping. Some folks have a lot more money than brains is all I can say about this. Course when I see a lens I'd like to have going for pennies and there is only a few hours left....Well What's a guy gonna' do??????

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you're right dawg. it's a win/lose situation. depends on which side of the fence you are on.

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Old May 28, 2007, 8:32 PM   #17
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There are a few lenses that I've been looking for for a few months now, and I am kinda of amazed at the prices they are finishing at. Probably my best proof of this my search for an FA J 70-300. I kept routinely seeing them go for about $150 used. In the end, I just bought one from B&H (for $129) new and got the warentee. That's not to say that I never saw a Pentax 70-300 go for under $100, but the going rate just kept climbing. In the end I figured that I'd rather have a brand new lens with warentee (and maybe pay $20 more for it) then getting a used lens without.

Still it is always funny to watch people buy lenses for more then they sell for new if you just take 10 minutes to look around the more reputable sites.:roll:
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