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    The modern dslr lenses might be $725 for a similar lens, brand new. So to them, $400 is low.

    It's definitely a confused market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roundabout View Post
    ...And, as for 2nd hand gear, I was looking at Topcon lenses earlier – hardly as popular as OM Zuikos surely? $400+ for some 50mm lenses. I mean, they have a decent enough reputation, but c'mon who is buying this stuff?
    Which $400 Topcon/Topcor lenses are you referring to? Maybe the range finder lenses are collectible, not sure. But nothing came up over $400 on Evilbay completed listings (aside from one of the M39 lenses).

    In general terms, don't confuse 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 lenses with F1.2 lenses such as the 50/1.2 or 55/1.2 Zuikos as they are clearly different and attract completely different prices.

    Enough people are buying Zuiko 55/1.2 (in the $4-500 range) and Zuiko 50/1.2 (in the $5-600+ range) to maintain those prices, just look at completed listings on Evilbay for these items.

    Zuiko 55/1.2:
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Olympus-O...item338568707c
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Olympus-O...item3cd53e7861

    Zuiko 50/1.2:
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Olympus-1...item35cb9257d0
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Olympus-Z...item3385394fc5

    Virtually any other reputable brand of 50mm lens with an F1.2 aperture will attract reasonably high prices, although maybe not quite that of the fast Zuikos. Look at these recent completed listings on Evilbay for some examples of fast lenses in the 50mm focal length:

    Canon FL 55/1.2 ($200+), the FL 58/1.2 sells for less but noth much less:
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CANON-FL-...item4859af4a97
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CANON-Len...item33853ca4b0
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Rare-Cano...item3a84dfd625


    Konica Hexanon 57/1.2 (by the way, the F1.4 version sells for about $50):
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Konica-He...item3384d8e22d
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Konica-Au...item4d1204a7fd
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Konica-Au...item35cb8677d9

    Minolta 58/1.2:
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Minolta-L...item4ac95048b5
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BEAUTIFUL...item27d7cece85
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Minolta-M...item41769b443b
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Minolta-M...item1c365de339
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Minolta-M...item1c22b85ed6

    The above are some examples. Sure there will be very cheap fast 50/1.2's around due to faults, haze, fungus etc, or maybe with a poor reputation for performance and therefore low demand, but over all the demand is there and people will generally pay a premium for a fast lens with a good reputation.
    Last edited by jjphoto; 09-21-2013 at 04:47 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjphoto View Post
    Which $400 Topcon/Topcor lenses are you referring to? Maybe the range finder lenses are collectible, not sure. But nothing came up over $400 on Evilbay completed listings (aside from one of the M39 lenses).

    In general terms, don't confuse 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 lenses with F1.2 lenses such as the 50/1.2 or 55/1.2 Zuikos as they are clearly different and attract completely different prices...
    I don't want to link to specific adverts, but I've recently seen a few f1.4 50mm and 58mm for close to $400 and up to around $650. Sure, there were some cheaper ones also, particularly 1.8 models or bundled with cameras. But there was even a lens hood for the 1.8 model for around $130. I might pay that for the lens - but for the hood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roundabout View Post
    I don't want to link to specific adverts, but I've recently seen a few f1.4 50mm and 58mm for close to $400 and up to around $650. Sure, there were some cheaper ones also, particularly 1.8 models or bundled with cameras. But there was even a lens hood for the 1.8 model for around $130. I might pay that for the lens - but for the hood?
    There are lots of outrageous BIN prices on Evilbay for all kinds of lenses and many of them have been there for years. I think some sellers are happy to leave items listed indefinitely on the off chance that some one wants one enough to pay 'whatever it costs' rather than the going rate. Some items are so rare it's hard to judge their value, but otherwise the going rate is easy to determine from completed listings on Evilbay.

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    Here is an amusing one, I was watching a Bronica macro lens, serial # 10200612
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRONICA-ET...-/151110440429

    And its been bought and immediately relisted at over double the price!
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRONICA-ET...-/310751865942

    Buyer beware, often the BIN's are complete nonsense. I've been keeping a list of Bronica lenses too, and this BIN is wildly over-optimistic, relative to the normal price.

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