Nominations for the Cheap Glass Hall of Fame - Updated 12/21/13

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Maybe I missed it but did not see this work of art listed.... Nikon 28mm 2.8 AIS
This was not a sunset, taken in the middle of the afternoon...not many lenses out there that can pull this off, no filters or hood!... $260 mint....
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Maybe I missed it but did not see this work of art listed.... Nikon 28mm 2.8 AIS
This was not a sunset, taken in the middle of the afternoon...not many lenses out there that can pull this off, no filters or hood!... $260 mint....
http://www.pbase.com/daveja/image/148411308/original.jpg
Dave, impressive, however, I bought this 28mm from Keh for special foliage hiking in Vermont & New York one October--it is the biggest, single disappoint in glass I've experienced. Many, shots were ruined by flare--extraordinary flare. I never shot it straight into the Sun, because I rarely favor those compositions, except for sunsets/rises. All of the flaring occurred when the Sun was outside of the composition. I must say, the close-focus capablitites of the lens was impressive, and all the shots I took with the Sun @ my back were impressive. I had high expectations for the lens, but sadly returned it to Keh. I love Nikkor glass, but have no love for this 28mm.

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Dave, impressive, however, I bought this 28mm from Keh for special foliage hiking in Vermont & New York one October--it is the biggest, single disappoint in glass I've experienced. Many, shots were ruined by flare--extraordinary flare. I never shot it straight into the Sun, because I rarely favor those compositions, except for sunsets/rises. All of the flaring occurred when the Sun was outside of the composition. I must say, the close-focus capablitites of the lens was impressive, and all the shots I took with the Sun @ my back were impressive. I had high expectations for the lens, but sadly returned it to Keh. I love Nikkor glass, but have no love for this 28mm.

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I have not shot with it enough to comment on flare other than the few I shot at the lake and I got none there. Funny I have seen comments on the web saying both that it flares and that it does not LOL..

Always funny to hear from Rockwell
"It has no ghosts or flare, so feel free to put your light sources in your image."
 
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I paid for a Nikkor 20 f/4 110 euros :
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+1 for Nikkor-H 50mm f/2 Pre-Ai/Ai. Got mine for $35 shipped and via some research deduced that its from 1966!

Straight out of the cam @ f/2
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With Clarity and shadow/highlight adjustments
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I know that someone posted pics from the Nikkor Ai-S 135mm 2.8 manual focus lens, but I happened to come across an Ai 135mm 2.8 manual focus lens for a whopping $65 at a local shop. This lens is retailing on KEH right now between $140-$180 depending on condition. My lens is in like new condition with no dust, marks or blemishes on the barrel or the glass. It looks as though it just came out of the box.

Here's some detail shots I did of my friends new to him motorcycle he just picked up.

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Here's my cheap glass entry: a 28-85 AF Nikkor f/3.5-4.5. I believe it's about 20 years old. I got it from Yahoo Japan's auction page for ¥6000, about $60.00:biggrin:
This lens is surprisingly sharp when used in good light but even performs well in marginal light.

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Bug Ball 28-85 by Smithshashin, on Flickr
f/7.1 @ 1/30 ISO 1400 28mm D800e

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Man on the Corner 28-85 by Smithshashin, on Flickr
f/8.0 @ 1/250 ISO 125 85mm

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cat crossing by Smithshashin, on Flickr
f/6.3 @ 1/160 ISO 100 35mm
 
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Here's my cheap glass entry: a 28-85 AF Nikkor f/3.5-4.5. I believe it's about 20 years old. I got it from Yahoo Japan's auction page for ¥6000, about $60.00:biggrin:
This lens is surprisingly sharp when used in good light but even performs well in marginal light.
I used to have one of these (20 years ago :smile:).
They're pretty good. They'll do the job. Good catch Shashin.
 
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I used to have one of these (20 years ago :smile:).
They're pretty good. They'll do the job. Good catch Shashin.
Thanks! I'm having fun with it! They seem to vary somewhat from lens to lens but this one was in pretty good shape. Nobody wants them here, they want the new stuff, of course.:cool:
 
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A mint Pentacon MC 135 f/2.8 , M42 mount - 30 euros :
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Nikon 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-D

Do used lenses qualify for the Cheap Glass Hall of Fame? If so, I would like to nominate the Nikon 300mm f/4. I recently picked one up in great shape for only $500, and I love it.
 
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Do used lenses qualify for the Cheap Glass Hall of Fame? If so, I would like to nominate the Nikon 300mm f/4. I recently picked one up in great shape for only $500, and I love it.

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Great lens and nice shot but, as implied by OP in post #16, to qualify for the hall of fame
the lens should be regularly available for $300 or less...

Nice price though... :smile:
 
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I have in my collection a Vivitar 35-70 f/3.5-4.8 Macro , which cost me 40 bucks :
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Another inexpensive lens is Helios 44m-7 , 58 f/2 ; about 30 euros :
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Sigma 18-200mm at KEH, BGN rated, for $215.00


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Fantastic Topic, makes me look thorough KEH and that auction site for hidden treasures. i can't believe how sharp some of these lenses are. No need to spend 1k on a lens!
 
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Vivitar Series I 90/2.5 macro

For someone seeking a top quality macro lens, whether on a $300 budget or not, I heartily recommend the Vivitar Series I 90/2.5 macro.
It's a manual focus lens, but most macro shooting is done with manual focus anyway.

The Vivitar 90 is all metal and build quality is superb, comparable to the Zeiss 100 macro I owned.
The Vivitar 90 has the same optics as the Tokina 90/2.5 macro.
Both lenses are affectionately referred to as the Bokina for their lovely bokeh renderings.
They are 2:1 lenses, but go 1:1 with their matching adapters.

You can get the Vivitar 90 for $225-300; the Tokina 90 is usually $50-$100 more.
I paid $250 for my Vivitar, and later switched to the Tokina for its smaller size and lighter weight.
I prefer both these lenses to the more expensive and popular Zeiss 100.

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More Vivitar 90 and Tokina 90 images and info can be found in this thread: https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=227893
 
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