What happened to the cheap pany 14 2.5?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by timbuktwo, May 28, 2013.

  1. timbuktwo

    timbuktwo Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 27, 2012
    When i was researching back in the fall, they went for as lpw as $115. Now i cannot seem to find one for less than $176.
  2. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    $176 is roughly half of what the great little lens retails for new... I'd say that represents a great value. That said, $115?!? WOW. Where was I?!?

    Good luck!
  3. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    I paid $149 for mine I think... I never saw them for $115 either!
  4. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    $170 is a bargain for this guy. $115 brand new is approaching the realm of the ridiculous. I've only seen used at that price.
  5. Yorick43

    Yorick43 Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 11, 2012
    Lake District, UK
    I paid £100 for mine. It was second hand but it came from a kit so it really was like new. Great Little lens!
  6. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    Often the cheapest way to get them is to buy a kit with an older body on sale, then sell the body. Not long ago there were a lot of GF3 kits with the 14mm being cleared out.
  7. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2013
    Bought mine on eBay fairly cheap, didn't have to look much.
  8. timbuktwo

    timbuktwo Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 27, 2012
    It definitely wasn't new at that price. It was used I believe. I should have pulled the trigger.
  9. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
    Paid £105 for mine (~$160?) again taken from a kit so "used" but absolutely pristine and better still it's all black to match my OMD :)

    Stunning value for money
  10. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    $160 is a very good price for a used one.
  11. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I remember seeing "new from kit" lenses going for ~$160US, but I waited to get mine till it was ~$190.
  12. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
    Technically it was used but I don't think it had been used at all on a camera just taken out if the kit and sold
  13. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2011
    The main thing is that you buy one. It's a great lens, certainly unrated but you will find good information about it at slrgear.com.
  14. merosen

    merosen Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 14, 2012
    Somerville (Boston), MA
    They go for $160-$180, usually if you want black it's about $10 more
  15. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    In Europe you can frequently find them on ebay for about 120-130 pounds. These are all new, from kits (with GF cameras).
  16. Bravin Neff

    Bravin Neff Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 25, 2011
    Bravin Neff
    Anything under US $250 seems like a steal to me.
  17. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    11/5/12 I acquired one (new, silver), paying $170 U.S.

    Well worth the money; the only improvement would have been to make it a 12mm instead :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:.

    Very capable lens, great value for the money (especially for us "checkbook limited" types who can't justify the Olympus 12mm).

    I've never seen the 14mm as low as $115...probably they'll be going for that new if I ever decide to sell mine. :biggrin:


  18. nublar

    nublar Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2013
    I bought one for $125 off here not too long ago
  19. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Bought my black one new off ebay for $165.Best lens money I've ever spent.
  20. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I paid $190 for my black one, but I like its looks so much better than the Panny silver. I'm very pleased with the results I get.