FS: Pentax 18-250 Open to Offers


Eastridge

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 10:36
Since posting this FS here and getting no interest but some helpful advice from other members I have done more research. I think one or 2 unrealistic prices have been seen in the past leading to a mismatch between seller (including my!) expectaions and what a sensible buyer is actually willing to pay.

That leaves me knowing that there are people on this forum who want to buy one but not really knowing what to ask.

So, open to offers.

Details as below, initial snapshot here link I will try and link to some better photos later.

As most members will know this is discontinued by Pentax & is a great travel lens or for those who don't like changing lenses out and about.

Bought new from LCE in Taunton Feb. 2009. Front and end caps & rubber hood included. I bought it a year ago from a forum member. Cosmetically it looks excellent to me and optically results have been as expected for this lens & certainly no apparent problems.

It served well on a cruise last year which is what I bought it for, but with no foreign travel likely in the forseable future I want to sell it fund lens(es) I am likely to get more from in the short term
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod

Mike-P

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 12:32
No original hood included?
No equipment list here but thanks for taking an interest. My Flickr

Eastridge

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 13:01
Thanks Mike, sadly no. I don't like having to fiddle around with plastic hoods, much preferring the flexible rubber type and so when I purchased the lens that wasn't on my radar.

This was an oversight on my part as clearly if I had asked for it the re-sale would be worth more and so the level of offer I would hope to be higher. So, a potential buyer here doesn't need to allow for a genuine Pentax hood in their offer!

Potential buyers- if you do not like rubber hoods please ensure your offer allows for funds for you to buy a plastic one either the more expensive genuine Pentax one or, as I understand it, c. 5 + for a generic 62mm one e-bay etc.
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod
Last Edited by Eastridge on 18/01/2012 - 13:14

thoramay

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 13:50
How do the Pentax and Tamron compare with this lens.

regards thoramay

fritzthedog

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 18:28
thoramay wrote:
How do the Pentax and Tamron compare with this lens.

regards thoramay

Do you mean the Samsung and Tamron versions Thoramay? If so - I have previously owned all 3 and could tell no difference between the Pentax and Samsung - but I didn't like the Tamron - seemed softer than the other 2 - but I may have just got a bad one. Many others have said there is no difference.

Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more

Eastridge

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 21:47
Here link is a picture of front of lens.

I can only upload one a day so will do rear tomorrow.
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod

thoramay

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 21:48
I have the Tamron. Being Pentax minded I am wondering if the Pentax has something that the Tamron does not and that it would be an advantage to go for the Pentax and sell the Tamron.
From what I have seen of the Tamron, I am well pleased but still hankers after the Pentax. Should I?

regards thoramay.

milamber

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 22:02
The Pentax and Tamron are identical apart from badging as far as I am aware. Tamron made them for Pentax.

Blincodave

Link Posted 18/01/2012 - 22:26
The Pentax version has SMC coatings which, I believe, is the only difference.

Dave
Pentax K-3ii/ KP/18-55/15 HD Limited/21 HD Limited/35 Macro HD Limited/70 HD Limited/100 WR Macro/DA*300/1.4 HD TC

Eastridge

Link Posted 19/01/2012 - 21:25
No offers, not even derisory ones, I'm genuinely wondering is something wrong with my ad?

I appreciate it's not all boxed and not got original bits like the hood but thought that people would offer accordingly.

Anyway, here is the last of the pictures, without decent lighting equipment as we don't shoot indoors it's been a struggle to get shots that show both blades and rims in focus and without reflections, but if people want any shots of specifics let me know.

If you want to see a shot taken with the lens, I am told that only a 100% crop will really allow you to gauge sharpness so let me know what kind of shooting you do and I will try to take something similar for you and send it by e-mail so you can manipulate to your hearts content .


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Thoramay - I'd be worried that even if the Pentax has better coatings ( and I have no idea if it does) that normal 'sample variation' could mean you end up disappionted. I mean that you may have a really excellent example of the Tamron and my Pentax may just be 'normal', I have no way of knowing. If you are already happy with the Tamron I would not want to sell you a lens that disappionted you.
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod

AndrewA

Link Posted 19/01/2012 - 21:44
I am suprised this hasn't gone, if I had some money then maybe I would have been trying to work out what to offer!
Does no one know roughly what the lens is worth????
Andrew

"I'm here because the whiskey is free" - Tyla

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milamber

Link Posted 19/01/2012 - 22:18
I spent ages looking around August-October last year and the average price for a Pentax one was about 210-230. There was a sudden upsurge recently on Ebay when several were listed for around 330. Only one of them sold as far as I can recall and that was a new one from Japan.

Prices seem more or less back to normal now with a Pentax one going for 210 plus postage and a Tamron for a bargain 133 plus postage yesterday.

I still think a good copy is an absolute bargain compared with other lenses. I wouldn't sell mine in a hurry.

Anything under 220 and you will always get your money back if you don't like it.

timothyw

Link Posted 20/01/2012 - 09:08
To be honest, it's not really the time to be selling a superzoom is it?

June/July, when people are getting ready to go on holiday is probably the best time, as people want to travel light!

I guess the other thing is, now that the 18-135 can be had so cheap, I guess a lot of people would think about getting that ahead of the 18-250.

Can't even put in a derisory offer I'm afraid, I already have the tamron 18-250 myself.

milamber

Link Posted 20/01/2012 - 09:37
Eastridge wrote:
No offers, not even derisory ones, I'm genuinely wondering is something wrong with my ad?

Nothing wrong with your advert. I simply think that the combination of post Christmas cash shortage and an overload of lenses for sale, coupled with some Amazon/Jessops offfers makes it a bad time to sell.

You shouldn't be looking to give it away. It's a genuinely sought after lens and now it's not available new there will always be demand. The lack of hood/box won't make a huge difference.

If you don't need to sell urgently then hang on to it for a bit and try again. You won't have a problem getting 200-220 if you are patient. You could put it on Ebay. You will sell it for a little more, but will have Ebay/Paypal fees of around 15%. I'd prefer to let someone on the forum have a lens cheaper than give money to Ebay.

Eastridge

Link Posted 20/01/2012 - 10:54
Thanks guys, at least I am reasured that I haven't done something utterly weird I didn't recognise. Could well be the timing is just wrong and I would get a quicker sale / better price come the late spring / summer.

It gives me a dilema as the reason for the sale is to buy something else that is available limited time only. I will have to consider what to do if doesn't go over the weekend & today whether to put it on e-bay or not, as stated e-bay fees are considerable but does give it a wider audience.
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod
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