Value of Summilux 35/1,4 pre-asph
Old 10-04-2011   #1
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Value of Summilux 35/1,4 pre-asph

I just bought a Summilux 35 / 1.4 from another forum.
The seller claimed that the lenses are absolutely scratch free, yet I can see 3 very fine scratches on the rear element.
I am sure they will not influence picture quality, but in how fare do they influence the lenses' value?
The overall condition is a typical "user" lens, a few chips here and there but nothing to write home about.

So my question would be: Keep it and enjoy shooting it, or return it... What is the usual going rate for this lens?

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Old 10-04-2011   #2
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I'd shoot some pictures with it. If you like them, keep it. If you paid a "User" price, all the better.
I have seen them for between $2000-2200, though I got mine only 6 months ago for 1bout $1500. Don't know if any of this helps.
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Well, the price has shot up recently. I saw one going for over $2000.00. Yours is a later model, and I believe it may be somewhat improved over the earlier ones. Mine is #222xxxx, quite a bit older, and has very poor contrast wide open. It's much better when stopped down even a little bit. Yours may be improved. So I think I would take a few shots with it, and if it performs well, and you didn't pay too much, I would not be too quick to send it back. If you paid top dollar for it, it ought to be as represented, and I would send it back or get an adjustment.
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Old 10-04-2011   #4
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$2200 sounds about right for a nice one with caps, hood and no lens scratches. Add a box and the price goes up.
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Old 10-05-2011   #5
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Well I paid EUR 1.000 for the lens (approx. US 1.300) with original 12504 hood, non-original front and rear caps, no box and those tiny scratches...
Ill try to shoot the lens today a bit...
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Keep it, it's a bargain!
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... And avoid to shoot with back lighting if you can
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I'd bet you wont see a difference to any other copy anyway. You could certainly sell it for more.
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John, How's your M4 BP project? I saw your ad for a Shintaro BP
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Coming along nicely! I'll update the thread.
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Coming along nicely! I'll update the thread.
Cool , I'm looking forward to see your result
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my 35mm summilux has plenty of scratches makes no difference, its best not to look at your lenses too close as i bet most have scratches etc.

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Best 35 ever made IMO, it's tiny!
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Old 10-06-2011   #14
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In the UK, prices were around 1200 typically, until the past month where suddenly 1500 now seems to be the going rate.
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