Used bargains


Link Posted 31/10/2017 - 08:31
From a branch of a chain of used goods shops, the best photography bargain I ever got was a Canon EOS 300 (old plasticky film SLR) with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 for €25. It's nice to have film cameras with really good AF but I prefer manual focus cameras and sometimes think I should sell it off to get something I'd use more.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X and Panasonic L digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses


Link Posted 30/01/2020 - 20:13
Bit of thread necromancy, but:
I got a Vivitar 100-200 f4 1:3 Macro for £17.90. PK mount. In its original packaging. Front cap missing but skylight filter in place. Seems to be immaculate.
I like it, works like a telephoto and long distance macro on a Q10.
Took a quick picture of the cat with it.


Link Posted 30/01/2020 - 20:54
A nice thread here;

Several bargains in the form of 4 (I know, I’ll sell a couple) ME Supers. Seals changed on all, one door is more desperate for sanding and repainting. All electronics work. The most recent, black, one was lazy to start when I first received but seems to be working quite nicely now. I think I need to relubricate the winder lever but will do that another time. The black one was the most expensive at £25 posted.

An MX at £20 + p&p. Slightly corroded battery cap but little issue. Polished up, batteries in and away to go! Need to change the seals on this but got some film in there right now. Again, everything seems to work just fine.

A lens which could prove to be a nice little bargain... should arrive early next week so will update when it does.


Link Posted 24/02/2020 - 18:39
My best is a Ricoh GR1 (film version) for £6.


Link Posted 24/02/2020 - 20:42
Pentax K-3 for £150

It's got a minor crack near the shutter button but it's perfect for me. I loved my first K-3 and there hasn't been a camera that fits as nicely in my hand.
All the gear with no idea


Link Posted 26/02/2020 - 06:46
I never see cameras in charity shops any more. My wife bought me an MX from one for £5 once (its in another thread on here several years back). We eventually had it serviced and gave it to her niece as I already had two.
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.

My website


Link Posted 26/02/2020 - 09:11
A D-FA 28-105 WR for a shade over £200. Essentially new (so doing away with the 'used' aspect somewhat), and a big thanks to a chap from this forum who went above and beyond to help me acquire it. I loved the 18-135mm on APS-C so I'm looking forward to taking this out on the K-1!

As for used bargains previously:
MX for £20 + P&P, not quite as good a deal as Womble's but happy with it.
ME Super job lot for £70 or thereabouts, including a few cases, Weston Master V, couple of Cokin filters, M50/1.7 lens which I've now cleared of fungus, 2x ME Supers, both appearing to work correctly now with new light seals and a PKA Kiron 28mm f/2.
Pentax K-50 and K-70 job lot. Included a number of lenses, both cameras etc. for under £300. Managed to sell everything for a bargain for their recipients but leaving me with a little profit so enabling me to get a K-1 not too long ago after using the K-70 for a few thousand shots.
SMC-M 135mm 3.5 for £15 posted, SMC-A 50mm f/1.7 for £20, SMC-A 28mm f/2.8 for £20. Daft me sold the 50/1.7 so I might look to procure another in due course.
SMC-M 50mm f/1.4 for £30 posted.
SMC-M 85mm f/2 for £50, had some 'haze' which I feared might've been lens separation, but on cleaning and reassembly actually appears not to be!
Plus the handful of bargains on great items from this generous forum.
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