Have you ever tried a KEH UG grade lens?

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Personally, I have not but I've seen many reports from those that did and all were very positive. KEH seems to be somewhat conservative in their ratings and I've heard some say that an UG lens from KEH could pass for a VG or VG+ by most people's standards.
 
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How was it?
Several years back I purchased 17-35 from them that was rated UG. In was in good working order, but the barrel was pretty scuffed and there were a few small chips on the filter threads. Nothing that impacted the performance or use. I'd buy one again - that one was stolen :( but I'm waiting for an UG 14-24!
 
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Personally, I have not but I've seen many reports from those that did and all were very positive. KEH seems to be somewhat conservative in their ratings and I've heard some say that an UG lens from KEH could pass for a VG or VG+ by most people's standards.

I think you're referring to the BGN grade, which is almost always a safe bet in terms of functionality and usually even cosmetics. I would be leery of UG grade but might give it a try for the right deal. Their return policy is fairly liberal as well, so there's always that to fall back on too.
 
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ugly can mean there are scratches on the glass and stuff.

I wouldn't go any lower than BGN, and i've had very good luck with their BGN lenses.
 
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I think you're referring to the BGN grade, which is almost always a safe bet in terms of functionality and usually even cosmetics. I would be leery of UG grade but might give it a try for the right deal. Their return policy is fairly liberal as well, so there's always that to fall back on too.
You're right Stephen. My mistake. I wasn't thinking when I replied. It was BGN and not UG.

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Yeah,
I bought a Kalimar 2x TC to make an extension tube.
I knew I was going to take the glass out anyway, so I got
an "UG" from KEH for about $18.- plus like $8.- to ship it.

I was very surprised when it turned up without a scratch on it.
Really, it was in great shape! I don't know why it was graded
like that, and I certainly wouldn't expect it to happen again,
but it's my only experience with UG from KEH.

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BGN from Keh is excellent Ugly is ugly. Iv got a Nikkor 135 F2 Fungus door stop. They tried to warn me, but I just wouldnt listen:tongue:

Gregory
 

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