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AnnaH
Posted 19/08/2008 - 20:49 Link
Hello,

I hope that someone might be able to help me - and I hope I have posted in the right place. My step father asked me if I could put his Asahi Pentax camera and lenses on ebay for him. I don't really know how much this stuff is worth so was hoping that I might get some advice from here, as I know that all the equipment is extremely well looked after and in really excellent condition and would hate to let it go on ebay for less than it is worth.

He gave me the following:

Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II camera with 1:1.4/50 lens
The camera manual, Takumar Interchangeable lenses operating manual
Another Asahi lens 1:3.5/135 with leather carry case
Sigma-XQ mirror ultra telephoto 1:8 f=500mm in leather box and the manual
1.35v mercury replacement battery - brand new in original packaging.

If anybody could give me any advice on possible, and if more information about any of it is needed please let me know via here or [email protected] if you prefer.

Thank you for your help.

Anna
hefty1
Posted 20/08/2008 - 11:00 Link
Hello Anna, welcome to the forum.

The Spotmatic II is only generally of interest to collectors and, as such, value is very much determined by condition. Prices (body, manuals and 50mm lens) can range from £10-£50 with somewhere in the region of £30 being the "norm".

The 135mm lens I would expect to make in the region of £20-25, the Sigma 500mm a little more at around £35-40.

By listing all the items together you'll tend to put off those who only want one of them so expect a slightly lower price (around £65-70) than if you split them into 3 auctions.

If it were me I'd start them all at 99p with no reserve and worldwide shipping - the low starting price encourages people to bid and you can often fetch more money than starting the auction at the price you've decided you actually want. It's a risk, but one that has never failed me yet! Don't forget to include some good clear pictures of the items too - a few pence spent on posting 6 pictures of the camera from all angles (instead of just 1) will usually pay dividends when it comes to achieving a higher final value.

Alternatively, buy yourself some film and use it to take pictures yourself, it's a great camera and the 50/1.4 lens will give images that rival anything you can buy on the market today...

Good luck!
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AnnaH
Posted 20/08/2008 - 22:19 Link
Hello

Thank you for your advice. I have listed the stuff on Ebay now and just hope there is some interest in it as it is all in really excellent working condition.

I was going to put a link on this post to the camera and bits in case anyone here was interested but I wasn't sure if that kind of thing was allowed.

Thanks again

Anna
Mannesty
Posted 20/08/2008 - 22:28 Link
Yes it's allowed. Please do.
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hefty1
Posted 20/08/2008 - 23:21 Link
Hi Anna, I'd probably add the following to your listings:

For the camera stick a line in the description explaining what lens is included, otherwise you'll just get lots of people asking you to confirm.

If it's not too late to change the headings then on the 135 lens add the word "Pentax" to the front and the words "M42" & "screw mount" to the end - you can probably lose the word "interchangeable" to make room. This will provide you with a better spread of key words for when people make searches of listings.

Similarly, with the Sigma listing I'd replace "1:8" with "f8", drop the "f=" from the front of 500mm, drop the word "and" and use the space you've just freed up to add the words "M42" and/or "Pentax". Same reasons as above, these are the terms people are more likely to search for.

I hope you get a good price for them all anyway, good luck!
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AnnaH
Posted 21/08/2008 - 09:23 Link
hefty1 wrote:
Hi Anna, I'd probably add the following to your listings:

For the camera stick a line in the description explaining what lens is included, otherwise you'll just get lots of people asking you to confirm.

If it's not too late to change the headings then on the 135 lens add the word "Pentax" to the front and the words "M42" & "screw mount" to the end - you can probably lose the word "interchangeable" to make room. This will provide you with a better spread of key words for when people make searches of listings.

Similarly, with the Sigma listing I'd replace "1:8" with "f8", drop the "f=" from the front of 500mm, drop the word "and" and use the space you've just freed up to add the words "M42" and/or "Pentax". Same reasons as above, these are the terms people are more likely to search for.

I hope you get a good price for them all anyway, good luck!

Hello,

Thank you ever so much for your help - it is very kind of you. I have made the suggested changes. As you can guess this is not a subject I know very much about!

Thanks again .

Anna
hefty1
Posted 21/08/2008 - 10:47 Link
That's much better!

Don't be suprised if you get few (if any) bids until near the end of the auctions - I find people tend to watch until it's nearly over and then all the action takes place in the last hour or so before the end. I see no reason why these shouldn't fetch fairly good prices though so fingers crossed.
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Mannesty
Posted 21/08/2008 - 10:58 Link
hefty1 wrote:
That's much better!

Don't be suprised if you get few (if any) bids until near the end of the auctions - I find people tend to watch until it's nearly over and then all the action takes place in the last hour or so before the end. I see no reason why these shouldn't fetch fairly good prices though so fingers crossed.

For that reason, I eventually limited my auctions to 5 or 7 days.
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hefty1
Posted 21/08/2008 - 11:12 Link
I always like to run them for a full 7 days because different people go on eBay at different times - with a full week you have an outside chance of catching the Sunday Evening Sorters, the Wednesday Afternoon Skivers, the Friday Morning Rummagers, the... well, you get the idea.

I never use the 5 day option because if I ran an auction from (for example) Thursday to Monday then I'd always be wondering if there was a bigger bidder out there who only browses eBay on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

At the other end, when I've sold cars on there in the past I've used 10 day listings and started them on a Friday to catch two lots of weekend browsers - seems to work quite nicely!
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hefty1
Posted 31/08/2008 - 16:42 Link
Looks like I underestimated the price on all three; £73.00 for the Spotmatic + 50mm, £39.05 for the 135mm and £48.02 for the 500mm - not a bad result at all!
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womble
Posted 11/09/2008 - 20:27 Link
The 1.4 lens sells very well and probably accounts for the higher price. I created a database of sales of Pentax film SLR kit on ebay which I haven't added to for a while but does give and idea of how much things can go for. For the Spotmatic II, I have 11 listings ranging from 17 pounds to 205 pounds with an average of 65 pounds.

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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