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    Spotmatic bodies expensive?

    I was tooling around on KEH.com and saw this Spotmatic SP F body:

    http://www.keh.com/camera/Pentax-Scr...000022500?r=FE

    More than $200 for one in EX+ condition? That seems crazy. I may have to dig mine out see what kind of condition they're in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-S View Post
    I was tooling around on KEH.com and saw this Spotmatic SP F body:

    http://www.keh.com/camera/Pentax-Scr...000022500?r=FE

    More than $200 for one in EX+ condition? That seems crazy. I may have to dig mine out see what kind of condition they're in.
    Nice examples of "classic" SLRs are scarce now and get priced accordingly. Very few died pretty or kept their looks and most are in sorry shape. The days of finding cheap Mint- 35mm gear ended about 3-4 years ago.

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    that is in pristine condition, like new out of the box. plus you get a 6 month warranty. you can pick up a nice one on ebay for $50, but surely you're going to need a CLA on it, which is $75. So you would be in at least $125.

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    Or you can sometimes get lucky and find a nice Spotmatic F locally for only £20 which is in great, well cared for condition and works perfectly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Or you can sometimes get lucky and find a nice Spotmatic F locally for only ?20 which is in great, well cared for condition and works perfectly.


    Steve.
    Right, but that's just luck of the draw. $200 is clearly a premium price for a Spotmatic, and 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Or you can sometimes get lucky and find a nice Spotmatic F locally for only ?20 which is in great, well cared for condition and works perfectly.


    Steve.
    Right. Like the mint 1964 Porsche 356C I found in a barn last week and bought for $500 from a farmer who thought he'd done me.

    Afraid the yard sale Leica is the stuff of urban legend.

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    I got my Pentax ME with 50mm 1.4 for $30 off of CL last week. I was the only person who called about it. Things works beautifully and is in great condition...

    Seems like a good deal to me. Or a M7II with 4 lenses for $1500...
    K.S. Klain

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Right. Like the mint 1964 Porsche 356C I found in a barn last week and bought for $500 from a farmer who thought he'd done me.
    Well done with the Porsche! I actually did get my good condition Spotmatic F for £20.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post

    Afraid the yard sale Leica is the stuff of urban legend.
    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.

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    Yeah, but if you want a Spotmatic, the cheapest way to get one is to buy it on the open market, not spend hours searching for hidden gems that may not exist.

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