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    Last Sunday I could have bought Spotmatics for £10 each in good condition and there was a wide choice 20 or 30 at one stall, nore at others, I didn't see an F though but I then wasn't really looking. I already have a mint Spotmatic F that I paid £20 for with a lens and case as well as an earlier Spotmatic which came with some other equipment.

    So $200 is actually way too much.

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    My point is simply that the mythic, truly mint Pentax, Nikon, Whateverflex body, closet-bound for 40+ years and sold for peanuts is fabulism. These things were around maybe 5-8 years ago when 35mm prices were in freefall, much like they are now. Problem is, the pretty, collectible-grade stuff--never that thick on the ground--is now stashed or selling at prices that outrage bottom-feeders. Prices will crash if the current turbulence in film production worsens and depresses demand below current levels.

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    It's not mythical if it actually happens. Rare perhaps, but it does happen.


    Steve.
    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moopheus View Post
    for that price you're paying to not have to rely on luck to get a body that doesn't need a CLA as soon as you get it.
    Paying or praying?!!

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    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Well, I dug out my two Spotmatic SPs last night. I'd have to say one is LN- and the other is EX. I may have to put batteries in them and run a roll of film through each to see if they're properly working. Not sure I want to hang onto them, though. I have too much camera crap as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-S View Post
    Well, I dug out my two Spotmatic SPs last night. I'd have to say one is LN- and the other is EX. I may have to put batteries in them and run a roll of film through each to see if they're properly working. Not sure I want to hang onto them, though. I have too much camera crap as it is.
    Got any interesting lenses?

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    35mm f/2 Super Tak (67mm filter), 50mm f/1.4 Super Tak, 55mm f/2 Super Tak, 50mm f/4 SMC Macro, 135 f/3.5 Super Tak. I have others, but I'm keeping them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-S View Post
    35mm f/2 Super Tak (67mm filter), 50mm f/1.4 Super Tak, 55mm f/2 Super Tak, 50mm f/4 SMC Macro, 135 f/3.5 Super Tak. I have others, but I'm keeping them.
    I've got all those, but the 35mm and both 50mm's should bring you some nice change. The 17mm is the only one I really crave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moopheus View Post
    But the yard sale Pentax somewhat less so. A Pentax, even an old Spotmatic, is not like a Leica or a Porsche; they were common consumer items. How many K1000s are there in the world? Bazillions. Do a search on ebay; there are hundreds for sale at any time, for cheap. It would be more like going into the farmer's barn and finding he's got a 1977 Chevette in there.
    Hey, finding a '77 Chevette is really uncommon these days!

    For obvious reasons.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    Hey, finding a '77 Chevette is really uncommon these days!

    For obvious reasons.
    Just try finding a clean Yugo!

    At least the jokes were funny:

    What do you call a Yugo with a flat tire? Totaled.

    What's included in every Yugo owner's manual? A bus schedule.

    What do you call a Yugo that breaks down after 100 miles? An overachiever.

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