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    Posted: 27 July 2020 at 09:49
Does anyone still see a market for the A mount? I have been trying to sell an A99ii with a lot of fantastic glass (things like a Minolta 100mm f/2, ZA2770, ZA135 etc) and there's not even been any interests...

Seems like people only think of E mount nowadays?

Thoughts? It's a shame since the A99ii is insanely sharp and also has Eye AF...
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 10:47
You're quite right the A99ii is still a great camera, the glass you mention is seriously good - but you're selling, presumably because you have moved on to another mount?

There is still a market, but prices are on a downward spiral. I'm not complaining, A mount will do for me for some years yet and some great glass is now approaching affordability.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 11:16
I'd love to get an a99ii and those lenses. I own and use a lot of a-mount stuff myself (A77ii and lots of glass). The thing is...I'm looking for a full frame camera at the moment and a brand new a99ii house still costs around 3000 EUR and a new A7ii is at 940 EUR. An A7Riii with 28-70mm is at 2600 EUR. As i mentioned earlier..I'd love to have an a99ii because it really IS a great camera but would I buy one today? No. Way too expensive and sooner or later I'll have to switch to E-mount anyway. As for the lenses..they work on E-mount with an adapter. Just my 2 cents..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 11:22
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

You're quite right the A99ii is still a great camera, the glass you mention is seriously good - but you're selling, presumably because you have moved on to another mount?

There is still a market, but prices are on a downward spiral. I'm not complaining, A mount will do for me for some years yet and some great glass is now approaching affordability.




Yeah my Dry Cabinet is getting a bit crowded with all the A mount and E-mount glass I have, so I wanted to sell some of my less used lenses. I have some rare gems like the 200mm f/4 Macro, 135 f/2.8, 100 f/2, and even a Zeiss Jena AF lens (almost impossible to find anything about it online!) and an old film-era 8.5mm fisheye (with integral RGB filter for B&W) modified for A-mount. Still all great gear, but I can't hoard it all!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 11:23
Originally posted by Tue Romanow Tue Romanow wrote:

I'd love to get an a99ii and those lenses. I own and use a lot of a-mount stuff myself (A77ii and lots of glass). The thing is...I'm looking for a full frame camera at the moment and a brand new a99ii house still costs around 3000 EUR and a new A7ii is at 940 EUR. An A7Riii with 28-70mm is at 2600 EUR. As i mentioned earlier..I'd love to have an a99ii because it really IS a great camera but would I buy one today? No. Way too expensive and sooner or later I'll have to switch to E-mount anyway. As for the lenses..they work on E-mount with an adapter. Just my 2 cents..


Well, the A99ii is a lot cheaper than 3000 Euros on ebay! Second hand you're looking at maybe 2000-2400 USD as well.

A lot of my lenses are the old screw AF type, and Sony hasn't updated that adapter in a while. :(
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 11:29
I guess though I'd still hold on to some of the classic pocket rocket lenses. There's something about those old Minolta colors and buttery bokeh...
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 13:33
Originally posted by Rashkae Rashkae wrote:

I guess though I'd still hold on to some of the classic pocket rocket lenses. There's something about those old Minolta colors and buttery bokeh...


Agree. Especially the 135/2.8 is amazing.

But, yes, A mount is on a death spiral. The writing is on the wall and pretty much everyone sees it. It's only a matter of time before the bodies/lenses would be officially discontinued by Sony. That's when they'll go dirt cheap.
If you do have to sell, sell it all quickly ... and take what you can get for it. Else make sure you have a couple of bodies available so you can keep using your lenses into the sunset days of the A-mount.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 14:11
Originally posted by Rashkae Rashkae wrote:

Does anyone still see a market for the A mount? I have been trying to sell an A99ii with a lot of fantastic glass (things like a Minolta 100mm f/2, ZA2770, ZA135 etc) and there's not even been any interests...

Seems like people only think of E mount nowadays?

Thoughts? It's a shame since the A99ii is insanely sharp and also has Eye AF...


You don't say where you're located in your info line, what country are you in? You are a long time member of Dyxum, have you tried exclusive sales here? Are you trying to sell things individually, or have you offered bundles of items with discounts that offer greater value? Have you considered selling to KEH, or similar business? You may not get the price you want, but they will buy because they have the market for it.

There are still plenty of people using A mount. Finding that market is a challenge. It's small and getting smaller, but it does exists. The bigger challenge is finding a price point that entices someone to buy, and you will accept.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 15:39
Originally posted by 2manycamera 2manycamera wrote:

Originally posted by Rashkae Rashkae wrote:

Does anyone still see a market for the A mount? I have been trying to sell an A99ii with a lot of fantastic glass (things like a Minolta 100mm f/2, ZA2770, ZA135 etc) and there's not even been any interests...

Seems like people only think of E mount nowadays?

Thoughts? It's a shame since the A99ii is insanely sharp and also has Eye AF...


You don't say where you're located in your info line, what country are you in? You are a long time member of Dyxum, have you tried exclusive sales here? Are you trying to sell things individually, or have you offered bundles of items with discounts that offer greater value? Have you considered selling to KEH, or similar business? You may not get the price you want, but they will buy because they have the market for it.

There are still plenty of people using A mount. Finding that market is a challenge. It's small and getting smaller, but it does exists. The bigger challenge is finding a price point that entices someone to buy, and you will accept.


Well, I'm based in Singapore. I haven't tried the exclusive sales here, as I was initially trying to sell locally (and avoid hEllBay). The reason I started the post was to get a basic feel for the pulse of the A-mount globally and to see if other people have similar experiences where they are located. :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 16:02
Try Exclusive Dyxum sales. You can discount from what auction sites take as commission, and you'll be selling to others that share an interest in your equipment. Check out the rules for selling here, you've certainly been a member for long enough.

There are members in Australia, New Zealand and other, close nations. Figure out postage and North America is certainly a possible market. Can't give you any idea about UK nor EU, thought these markets appear more of an issue for putting duties on top. Again, not a market I'm familiar enough to suggest.

Personally, I continue to be an A mount user, while adding mostly in my E mount. I still buy A mount gear, but I've become even more price conscious because I don't expect to be able to resell at a reasonable price.
Since buying a used a7Rii, getting an a99ii has dropped to the bottom of my wish list because even used prices are too dear.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 16:28
Originally posted by Rashkae Rashkae wrote:

Does anyone still see a market for the A mount?

Yes, there's a market. But sellers have to accept a couple of things:

Many A-mount users already have everything they need, so many of the easily affordable common items won't generate much interest.

For more exotic items that A-mount users might still want, price is the deciding factor.

I have been trying to sell an A99ii with a lot of fantastic glass (things like a Minolta 100mm f/2, ZA2770, ZA135 etc) and there's not even been any interests...

I'm assuming the asking prices are too high for most of the market.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 16:44
I have a lot of A-mount stuff for sale since at least oktober 2019, but probably longer.

I only sold an A850 + 80-200/2.8 HS, CZ135/1.8, 50/1.7 and a Sony 1.4x converter (all at a loss vs. what I bought it for 2nd hand or heavily discounted new in the years before). Most other items create no interest even though I put a bold/large font invitation in the ad that if people are interested but my asking price is too high to contact me so we can discuss todays fair market value.

The items are mainly unused these days and I would like to get them in the hands of people who would use them (preferably Dyxum members) for today's fair market value (below recent auctions and/or 2nd hand shop prices) but the fact people aren't even contacting me to discuss tells me the market is very small to non existing. Fortunately I don't have to sell to put food on the table or pay rent, it's just a waste to see these items sitting unused in my cabinet.

So imho a real liquid market for A-mount doesn't exist anymore or at least I haven't found it yet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2020 at 16:52
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

I have a lot of A-mount stuff for sale since at least oktober 2019, but probably longer.

I only sold an A850 + 80-200/2.8 HS, CZ135/1.8, 50/1.7 and a Sony 1.4x converter (all at a loss vs. what I bought it for 2nd hand or heavily discounted new in the years before). Most other items create no interest even though I put a bold/large font invitation in the ad that if people are interested but my asking price is too high to contact me so we can discuss todays fair market value.

The items are mainly unused these days and I would like to get them in the hands of people who would use them (preferably Dyxum members) for today's fair market value (below recent auctions and/or 2nd hand shop prices) but the fact people aren't even contacting me to discuss tells me the market is very small to non existing. Fortunately I don't have to sell to put food on the table or pay rent, it's just a waste to see these items sitting unused in my cabinet.

So imho a real liquid market for A-mount doesn't exist anymore or at least I haven't found it yet.


That is EXACTLY what I am experiencing too. Hence why I was asking. I'm glad it's not just me!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2020 at 18:42
Same experience here. I bought a99ii purely because of lust. Have been wanting a FF for years but a99 was too big for my hand so I kept my a77ii. Finally bought the a99ii but then didn't really get to use it. It's been 2 years and it only has 500 shutter count.

I would love to get rid of my Minolta lenses but for the price I can get them, I will pretty much be paying more in time to take the pictures, create the posts, negotiate with possible lowballers, pack and ship them. So they're sitting in the box along with the other gears I accumulated during the beginning of my photography journey.
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