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

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The great Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S that I picked up a few hours ago for $250 in great shape! I will post images as soon as I take it out. Here is a sample from my backyard.
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Rokinon 14mm f2.8. Great ultra wide manual focus for the moneys. I have done some nice night shots with this thing and i got it for under 200 bucks. I cannot get to my samples right now. Maybe i will post later.
 
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A few months ago I picked up a rather heavy 35-135 f3.5-4.5 nikkor for about $US80. It didn't autofocus with my D300s for some reason but did with my Fuji S5. So I put it away and find it works really well with my D610. It will make a great walkaround lens

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Nikkor 80-200 f4.5 AIS push/pull classic..... $10.00


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20mm f/3.5 AI-S.

Love that bike.

Great idea Frank. I purchased this lens used from a camera shop (Bev-Ray) in Temecula, Ca. and I think I paid $50.00 for it several years ago.

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This used 35-105 f3.5-f4.5 is a real catch for $76.

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This used 35-105 f3.5-f4.5 is a real catch for $76.

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Fred,

Looks a lot like our NE winter day ... nice shot
 
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Tamron SP 90mm 2.8 1:1 Macro (NON-Di, E72 model) on the list yet? This was right after the older version that needed extension tube to do 1:1, but before the recased and renamed "Di" version that added ~$1-150 just for aesthetics. So, 90 SP E72 : $200 for 1:1 D style lens.

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(this shoot paid for 1.5 of these lenses alone, haha)

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Two Vivitars that are not yet on the list.

The first is a Vivitar 24mm f2.8 that I bought for $70, from KEH I believe:

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Nikon D7000 ,Vivitar 24mm f/2.8, 1/100s f/4.0 at 24.0mm iso560

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Nikon D300 ,Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 AI, 1/160s f/11.0 at 24.0mm iso200

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Nikon D300 ,Vivitar 24mm f/2.8, 1/1250s f/8.0 at 24.0mm iso500

This is a sharp lens from f4 upwards, and usuable wide open. There is some CA at the edges, but overall a nice buy.

The second lens is the Vivitar (Kiron) 100mm (105mm) f2.8 1:1 macro. This is a manual focus true macro lens. The focusing ring turns 3 and a half turns, allowing extraordinarily precise focusing. I usually use it hand-held, which can be quite a challenge, but it's doable. I bought it here on the café for a bit over $200. It's optical quality rivals any of the top macro's from Nikon or Sigma.

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Nikon D600 ,Vivitar (Kiron) 105mm f2.8 macro lens, 1/200s f/16.0 at 105.0mm iso1000 (handheld)

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Both these would make good additions to any shooter's kit.
 
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Here are two more photos .... an aspect of the Vivitar 24mm that is only hinted at in the Holyoke signage ... it focuses wonderfully close and sharp, so it is an excellent lens for flower shots.

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Nikon D600 ,Vivitar 24mm f2.8 AI, 1/200s f/16.0 at 24.0mm iso200


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Nikon D600 ,Vivitar 24mm f2.8 AI, 1/30s f/32.0 at 24.0mm iso400

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I rest my case.
 
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Another bargain of a lense are the Sigma 70-300 APO lenses. These were the APO Super Macro and then the APO DG Macro, spanning the mid-90's until just recently. I bought both of these lenses at one time or another during the 2006-7 period for about $140-160. Both lenses when used one third stop above their 4.0-5.6 range, were convincingly sharp. Between 200mm and 300mm the lenses can be shifted into macro mode, focusing down to a 1:2 macro at 300mm. The reach their ultimate sharpness on a crop camera at f13, but when shooting macros at these long focal lengths will that much f-stop to generate adequate depth-of-field, so this is not a hinderance.

Here are a few shots taken over the years using a D50 and D300:

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Nikon D300 ,Sigma 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DG Macro, 1/20s f/13.0 at 300.0mm iso200

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Nikon D300 ,Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super, 1/60s f/13.0 at 300.0mm iso200

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Nikon D50 ,Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super, 1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso1600

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Nikon D50 ,Sigma 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DG Macro, 1/400s f/13.0 at 300.0mm iso800

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One note of caution: avoid any Sigma 70-300mm's that don't include the abbreviation APO. They are decidedly inferior to the APO lenses (I've tested them). But if you can get your hands on one of the APO lenses, you'll get versatility and more-than-decent sharpness at a bargain price.
 
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5.8cm f1.4 was a surprise with a Nikkormat job lot purchase. Unfortunately at full bore it's not great even on DX
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I will nominate the 18-140 kit lens. I picked up a new copy for $279 on Ebay. I don't have any samples yet, as I just picked up my D5300, but you can bet that I will have some soon.
 

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