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

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Well, my 55/1.2 (2nd gen via S/N, aperture ring is unscrewable to remove vs drop-in that later got AI treatment) from 1967. Used off ebay for $260 shipped. Had to cut the AI ridge out myself, took a little extra off, but works absolutely perfectly!

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And next to my '66 50/2 and 45P
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Weight is perhaps the best part since its more than D5100 without a lens.
 
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I can do better than a $300 ceiling...
....all but one of my lenses cost under, and in some cases waaaaaaaaaay under MY bargain budget ceiling of $100 (the exception being the 180/2.8ais for $125, itself a bargain but a rare find that few can expect to duplicate)....
Easier way is to categorize my catches as:
Under $50....
Samyang MF 28/2.8 @ $10, as are many, many other 28s for this price
50/1.8 series e @ $10-20 and 50/F2 MF Nikkors @ $20 (I've found both 50s often found on older film bodies at that price)
Vivitar Series1 MF zooms 70-210/2.8-4 and F3.5 versions are both super @ $20
Vivitar Series1 28-90/2.8-3.5....each for $25
Nikon 200/F4-Q and Q.C is the lesser desired version compared to the AI/AIS, but is a bargain @ under $50....
...and there are a LOT of MF 135mm/2.8 lenses that fall under this price ceiling...

$50-100...
Nikon 50/1.8 Nikkor, 50/1.4....all MF versions can be gotten for under $100 and are no worse than the modern AF versions...meaning that all need to be stopped down to 2.8 to eliminate veiled haze they exhibit....the AF Nikon 50/1.8D can also be gotten for under $100....
AF Nikon 28-85mm/3.5-4.5 ...often available for under $50, (mine was $30 with film camera and flash) but not realistically...
AF Nikon 28-105mm/3.5-4.5...the big brother of the 85 version...I've read that it's better...hope to find one
MF Nikon 300/4.5H and H.C, the lesser desired version compared to the ED version, but is smaller and easier to manipulate
MF Nikon 135/2.8Q and Q.C is the big brute version but is excellent...not as compact as the more expensive AIS version but a good balance on bigger dSLRs...
AF Nikon 75-300/4.5-5.6...mine seems very good even wide open at 300mm!

I've not included the "value-to-price" considerations because everyone's idea of "budget" seems to exceed mine and so I limited this list to a $100 ceiling...that those lenses (like the 180/2.8) easily exceed.
 
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Among those other lenses I paid less than $100 for that were just my good fortune to find were the 105/2.5 Nikkors (two @ $65 each) and the 85/1.8K-Ai'd for NOTHING after selling the other 2 lenses and body it had been packaged with when I bought it.....
 
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A mint Nikkor 28-85 3.5-4.5, 25 bucks :
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Because of this thread I have bought a Tamron 24-135 @ 125.00 like new. I wanted it for my D700 walk around and it has exceeded my expectations. Now in the hunt for a super wide 20 or less, but not finding to many deals there. The Tamron is great at 24, actually its great all over. Maybe I got a good copy, but it likes the D700.
 
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I'll nominate an Opteka 6.5mm fisheye ($149, new).

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Taken today ... cloudy & rainy (obviously), ISO 400 in FX (crop) mode on the D610. f5.6 @ 1/30 and manually focused. No processing at all.
Nice! I am looking at this lens, as well as the 8mm version which is about the same price. Do you have any other pictures with this lens?
 
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Nice! I am looking at this lens, as well as the 8mm version which is about the same price. Do you have any other pictures with this lens?
Sure do ... these are from our recent trip in the western US!

This was in Montana ....

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... and these three are in Arches National Park, Utah.

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One trick I found that works very well ... on my D610 (FX) I need to change to DX mode. I assigned a button to do this. Since the lens is manual only, I found a nifty light meter program for my iPhone (myLightMeter) that I use to get a baseline exposure setting. Put the D610 into M mode, set the focus, f-stop, and shutter, and fire away!! A bit more convoluted than attaching a Nikon lens ... but a HUGE savings in $$ for a lens that is not on the camera every day!!

Hope this helps.

Cheers!!

Ken
 
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Pentacon AV 80 f2.8 projection lens : 3 bucks !
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Lens prices have skyrocketed, and to make it worse, suppliers threaten to cut off any retailer who cuts us a break on list price. It's time to get pool our knowledge and create a catalog of affordable (as in dirt cheap) lenses.

If you personally own a lens that cost you less than $300 when you bought it, used or new, tell us where and when you acquired it, and show some samples of its renderings. I'll maintain a list of lenses that have been submitted. Please consult it, and no repeats please.
Hmm, less than $300.....

Nikon:
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 K (AI factory converted) $85
Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 (AI factory converted) $100
Micro-Nikkor-PC 55mm f/3.5 NAI $50
Nikkor-P 105mm f/2.5 "Sonnar Type" (AI converted) $200 (absolutely MINT condition)
Nikkor-P 105mm f/2.5 "Sonnar Type" (AI converted) $40 (total beater, stuck aperture, FANTASTIC GLASS)
Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 K (AI factory converted) $150
Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4.5 NAI $50
Zoom-Nikkor 43/86mm f/3.5 AI $50

Nikon Mount:
Kiev Arsenal 50mm f/2 Helios 41H

Leica Screw Mount:
Industar 55mm f/2.8 I26M $10
Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/2 Sonnar T (1941) $250
 

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Hello all- I 'd second the nomination for the Nikkor 35-70mm 3.5-4.5. I Got mine from roberts for $57.00, was rated very good condition. I have around two dozen nikon lenses, some well over the $300 mark and this lens is usually my choice for a walk around on my Df.
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Well, my 55/1.2 (2nd gen via S/N, aperture ring is unscrewable to remove vs drop-in that later got AI treatment) from 1967. Used off ebay for $260 shipped. Had to cut the AI ridge out myself, took a little extra off, but works absolutely perfectly!

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And next to my '66 50/2 and 45P
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Weight is perhaps the best part since its more than D5100 without a lens.
Yes I fully agree. I have 2 of them, one really beaten up one was 200 USD and because I was scared it my get too much fungus, be dropped etc I bought another one for 180 plus shipping from Japan. I still use the first one.
Also love the 28 f2 Nikkor H (129 USD)
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Yes I fully agree. I have 2 of them, one really beaten up one was 200 USD and because I was scared it my get too much fungus, be dropped etc I bought another one for 180 plus shipping from Japan. I still use the first one.
Also love the 28 f2 Nikkor H (129 USD)
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Great picture Annette.
I love that bokeh a lot... (y)(y)(y)

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I also have the 55mm F 1.2 lens and love it. The only complaint I have with it is it doesn't renter the a busy background a swell as my 50mm F 1.2. Just saying the 50mm F 1.2 is pure cream. :singing:
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