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Ashai Pentax Sp2

dusted 16 508 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2016 9:58AM
Hi I wonder if you can help me . A friend of mine asked me how much her grandfathers camera is worth and I haven't got a clue ! Its a good condition Ashai Pentax SP2 complete with leather case, three lenses, a flash, bunch of filters and some sort of extender and a rather strange looking light meter !


Thanks for any words of wisdom Smile

dusted 16 508 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2016 9:59AM
thewilliam 12 6.1k
25 Apr 2016 10:21AM
Much will depend on the lenses. With the cap fitted, we can't see whether the lens is f1.4 or f1.8. Also, are the other lenses Pentax Takumar and what focal length/aperture?

I'd advise the OP to look at "sold" listings on Fleabay, sorry eBay.
pentaxpete 16 700 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2016 4:15PM
That lightmeter is a German 'Gossen' with Incident Light baffle . I got an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic with various other stuff, two small Vivitar flashes for macro-photos and extension tubes for 25-00 .
dusted 16 508 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2016 4:41PM
ok re the types of Lens
Takumur 1:1 4/50
Takumur super multi coated 1:3.5/135
Photax 300mm 1:5.6

StuartAt 16 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2016 9:10AM
Also, it depends on whether the camera is still 'light-tight'. My old Pentax KX (which I bought in 1982) is in great condition except for the seal on the back door, which has perished over time. If light can get into a film camera other than through the lens, it would need to be fixed otherwise can't be used (and the fix would probably cost more than the camera).
thewilliam 12 6.1k
26 Apr 2016 11:22PM
You can normally buy light-seal and mirror bumper kits quite cheaply.
pentaxpete 16 700 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2016 2:01PM
i bought a sheet of black foam for 80 pence from 'Hobby Crafts' in Romford (Havering) and did all my camera door seals and small strips with it .
dusted 16 508 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2016 2:29PM
so any ideas as to ball park starting price for ebay ? Smile
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
27 Apr 2016 2:52PM
1, no reserve will attract any interest there may be. No point in risking no sale, it's not going to be worth more anywhere else. Make sure the postage is adequate.
Twosheds 5 3 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2016 8:00PM
The unfortunate things is that these excellent cameras tend to go for very little these days but that is the way with film cameras. Spotmatics were very popular because they were good so they sold well. A recent edition of Amateur Photographer here in the UK described them as ' gives the feeling that it's been hewn from a block of titanium, its sits in the hand as well as any SLR' I have two but I am aware they don't fetch huge sums which is a great shame..........good luck with the sale.
thewilliam 12 6.1k
27 Apr 2016 8:36PM
In the good 'ol days, the slogan was "just hold a Pentax" because they were very nice to use and the Takumar lenses were very good indeed.

The metering system uses a Wheatstone bridge circuit so the supply voltage isn't critical. Now that the mercury cells are no longer available, you can use a silver-oxide cell of the appropriate size.
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 405
28 Apr 2016 2:22PM
this is info about the camera
try to see what price do they sell for in second-hand sellers as ffordes.com
it's a shame to sell this for 1..... they better get into photography themselves.
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
28 Apr 2016 2:43PM
1 is the suggested start price for the auction. At that level there is no listing fee and punters stay interested - you need as many as possible watching for a successful auction. The lenses are quite nice and probably the value, but I don't think they are rare and the value is limited.
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
30 Apr 2016 12:11AM
Good advice from themak, as always remember one thing - your item is only worth what somebody else is prepared to pay for it.

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