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    WHAT ARE THESE LENSES WORTH TODAY?

    New member here. What is a fair price ( both to buyer and seller ) for the following LTM lenses:

    1954 red scale Elmar 50/3.5 with Valoo sunshade/diaphragm actuating ring. Caps.

    1957 Elmar 50/2.8. Caps.

    195? Konishiroku collapsable Hexar 50/3.5 ( allegedly very rare )

    All lenses are EXC+ ( and I rate very conservatively ).
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    You can find the true market value of lenses by doing a completed auctions search on Ebay. Take out the top price and the bottom price and you are left with a fair indication of what people are willing to pay. Add 60% to the price for dealer prices. This method removes 'expectations', hopes and dreams and out of date prices.

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    The only way you can find what they are worth is to try and sell them, they are worth whatever someone is willing to pay for them in the open market.
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    Become a subscriber and list them here and find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fotch View Post
    Become a subscriber and list them here and find out.
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    but if you don't want the philosophy -- if you went on the market today to buy those two Leica lenses you could expect to pay, probably, in the $400 range for either one of them. The red scale is the last of that range in screw mount and considered desirable, and the 2.8 elmar is also desirable since it is faster and was made later in the lifespan of the lens. I have one of each of these -- nice lenses -- so I've kept my eye out on sales and asking prices and so forth.

    Dunno about the third. See if one is listed at KEH Camera Brokers. Not being a leica lens, it will be less.

    Dealers will pay you 2/3 of those prices because they gotta make a living. Sell them on eBay you walk into the snakepit. Caveat emptor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
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    Thanks to all of you so far, particularly to Summicron 1. The Hexar is being offered by a guy in Britain for $1300 plus shipping - I think that's a ridiculous sum ( and I understand he hasn't had any takers in the couple of years he's had the ad up ), but I'm trying to get an idea of what a more reasonable and achievable price would be for it. Anyone know much about this lens; its alleged rarity and an idea of what a fair price might be?

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    I believe the non-Leica lens may be a Komura.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip j View Post
    I believe the non-Leica lens may be a Komura.

    Sorry, chip j - the lens was made by Konishiroku - better known as Konica- sometime around the mid-1950's. It's a collapsable lens like the LTM Elmar 3.5, but it has click stops like the LTM Elmar f2.8 ( although a few late 3.5 Elmars did have click stops and an E39 filter thread ). The Hexar is a classic 4 element design like the Tessar and Elmar.

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