Vivitar Minolta Lenses

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by JFM, May 17, 2005.

  1. JFM

    JFM Guest

    I have three Vivitar lenses for the Minolta SRT body: 28mm/f2.5,
    135mm/f2.8, and 400mm/f5.6. They are all as new. Are they worth
    anything these days?

    J F Moore
     
    JFM, May 17, 2005
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  2. JFM

    JFM Guest

    Also have a 50mm/f1.4 Minolta lens.

    JFM
     
    JFM, May 17, 2005
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  3. : I have three Vivitar lenses for the Minolta SRT body: 28mm/f2.5,
    : 135mm/f2.8, and 400mm/f5.6. They are all as new. Are they worth
    : anything these days?

    : J F Moore

    You can get an idea of their market value by checking for the prices of
    the same lenses on ebay completed auctions. Or you could go to
    http://www.keh.com/ and see what they are charging for similar lenses. KEH
    has a way to get a quote on what they will give you for used items; that
    might be useful, but they will probably not offer as much as you would get
    on ebay. The 135mm/f2.8 lens is quite common and usually doesn't bring
    much; I bought one with an M42 mount on ebay for $5 about two years ago.

    Note that the values of older Vivitar lenses can vary based on who
    manufactured the lens for Vivitar. You can find some useful information
    here:

    http://www.cameraquest.com/VivLensManuf.htm

    Warren B. Hapke
     
    Warren B. Hapke, May 17, 2005
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    howard Guest


    I bought that lens off ebay last week for £10.49 + posting.

    H.
     
    howard, May 17, 2005
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    Cheesehead Guest

    I picked up @ a thrift shop last year a LN 35/2 for $8.
    It sold on eBay for only $10.
    It's sad, really. Some great glass out there.

    Collin
    KC8TKA
     
    Cheesehead, May 17, 2005
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  6. Why is it sad?

    As a result of the dash to digital (I'm one of them with an EOS10D + lenses
    etc.), I can now buy mint condition classic film cameras and lenses ( F3HP,
    85 f2AIS, 28 f2.8AIS; N8008; T90 etc) at affordable prices, and I'm now
    mixing film photography with digital, and enjoying every minute of it.
     
    Malcolm Stewart, May 17, 2005
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  7. JFM

    Cheesehead Guest

    It's sad because so much of it ends up going into trash heaps as though
    it's worthless.

    For those of us who use both film & digital, it's a great bargain time.
    But for many it's a loss of value, especially when trading in.
    I just got my first serious digital -- the Pentax istDS.
    The neat & odd thing here is that my old K30/2.8 is one of my two best
    lenses
    (along with the FA50/1.4) and my better film lenses (A35/2, A50/1.7 &
    A100/2.8)
    are merely adequate with digital.

    Collin
     
    Cheesehead, May 18, 2005
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