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View Poll Results: What is the most you paid for a lens?
Under $100 114.00%
$101 - $200 145.09%
$201 - $350 238.36%
$351 - $500 279.82%
$501 - $750 3713.45%
$751 - $999 6624.00%
$1000 - $1500 5821.09%
$1501 - $2000 165.82%
$2001 - $3000 72.55%
$3001 - $4000 31.09%
$4001 - $6000 62.18%
$6001+ 72.55%
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04-12-2012, 11:41 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Col Quote
A*200mm f/4 Macro, $2,700 last year. Just wasn't going to go another summer without it.... I'm still smiling.

I had a chance at one of those a couple of years ago at a used shop and hesitated for a few minutes and it got sold for $1800. If I could have kicked my own a$$ I would have.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Over a grand for the Lil'Bigma DG 170-500. What a fool I was...
Why a fool? Because of what they are selling for used?
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That is cheap? Those are going for $3500 or so I thought?
No about what the HK dealers do it for. I think the FA* version may go for nearer the $3200 mark. Best to ask Adam, he's sitting on a couple or three as part of his pension plan I think
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Over $400 for a full kit with the SMC Pentax-M Dental Macro 1:4 100mm, with the case of lenses and the AF080C all in perfect condition.
One day i am going to use it on somebody's fangs.
My sister was a dental hygienist, so I am going to insist she shows me how, but I know there will be some reluctance.

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I have two lenses tied at $330, my F135 2.8 off Ebay and my DA10-17 which I got brand new at a shop that was "getting rid" of Pentax stuff.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ripit Quote
Why a fool? Because of what they are selling for used?
Mostly because I don't find myself in situations where it's appropriate; and when I do, it's back home. To sell it, I'd take a huge loss. Oh bother...
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It would be really interesting to do this a little differently.

I have paid between $1000 and 1500 for only one lens, a sigma APO 70-200F2.8EX (non DG Non macro) and as far as I am concerned it is well spent, as this lens is better than later releases with different optical formulas, But, I have also spent between 500 and 750 on 2 lenses and the number of lenses goes up at each price brake.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
It would be really interesting to do this a little differently.

I have paid between $1000 and 1500 for only one lens, a sigma APO 70-200F2.8EX (non DG Non macro) and as far as I am concerned it is well spent, as this lens is better than later releases with different optical formulas, But, I have also spent between 500 and 750 on 2 lenses and the number of lenses goes up at each price brake.
That 999 and 1000 break is a tough spot to make a break since one starts at 750 and the next one stops at 1500.

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That 999 and 1000 break is a tough spot to make a break since one starts at 750 and the next one stops at 1500.
Perhaps, but if I were to plot out all 46 of my lenses (how do yo spell LBA?) yo would see the majority are less than $100, and by this i mean probably 30-35 of them. I paid between $100 and $200 for about 6 or 8 and the rest are between 200 and 500 somewhere.

in fact there should be a <50 range, because that is where all but 3 of my less than $100 sit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Perhaps, but if I were to plot out all 46 of my lenses (how do yo spell LBA?) yo would see the majority are less than $100, and by this i mean probably 30-35 of them. I paid between $100 and $200 for about 6 or 8 and the rest are between 200 and 500 somewhere.

in fact there should be a <50 range, because that is where all but 3 of my less than $100 sit.
Sounds a bit similar to my collection minus the over 200$ ones. I did think of one that I spent over 200$ on but its a front mount teleconverter. I bought it new at a camera shop probably a decade ago (a rather big and heavy 62mm 2x with 72mm front element). It turned out to be the biggest pos I ever owned. When the kids are both older and in school and the wife goes back to work (I hope) I might eventually wind up with a few of the over 200$ ones.

Thinking about it, thats got to be one of my biggest regrets is spending all the money I did on prosumer camera gear. I could have bought some pretty nice slr gear for all that money. Its not like I didn't get anything out of it though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Mostly because I don't find myself in situations where it's appropriate; and when I do, it's back home. To sell it, I'd take a huge loss. Oh bother...
My 500mm is in about the same boat. The rare instances I could really use it I don't have it (who carries a 500mm around with them unless they shoot a lot of wild life or something). Luckily I only paid about 20$ for my 500mm (a pos compared to yours but I can not justify the cost of trying to get a better one).

If it makes you feel any better, I have a cabinet full of front mount teleconverters (and some wide) including some rare or high quality ones that I collectively (and is some cases individually) paid a fortune for. Resale value on a typical front mount teleconverter is about 10 cents on the dollar so I can not bring myself to sell them and take that big of a loss. For the most part they sit and collect dust. One of these days I might try again and see how long of a lens I can make (both literally and figuratively, just for fun). At least they will provide some sort of uses even if its cheap, cheesy entertainment value.
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(who carries a 500mm around with them unless they shoot a lot of wild life or something).
Actually, although not a true 500, I take my SMC (K)300/4 and 1.7x AF TC a lot of places, although it is only F6.7 it is something you can carry and hand hold. It gets a lot more use than my Tamron 200-500/5.6 because it weights about 1 kilo as opposed to 3
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I had a nice opportunity with a 300mm FA f2.8...
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Well I have a few expensive lenses, but my Sigma 70-200 (OS version) was the most expensive, it's now a little lower in price then when I bought it..
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Actually, although not a true 500, I take my SMC (K)300/4 and 1.7x AF TC a lot of places, although it is only F6.7 it is something you can carry and hand hold. It gets a lot more use than my Tamron 200-500/5.6 because it weights about 1 kilo as opposed to 3
Seems like a lot better way to get the reach in a pinch as opposed to carrying around the big one. I don't have anything quite that fast. My best is a 100-300mm 5.0 constant or a 70-210mm 3.5 constant. I only have 2x teleconverters so the 300mm would be getting pretty dark though the 210mm might be usable. A 1.4x or 1.5x teleconverter is on my list of things I want but not one I have spent a lot of time trying to acquire (I'm sure I'll eventually stumble on one somewhere cheap).

I would absolutely love to have the pentax 1.7x but I think that is out for now, considering they are selling for double the original retail.
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