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12-22-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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$5300 Contax Zeiss 55mm f1.2 Planar lens

Glad I don't own a Yashica or Contax, just saw this 100 year Planar aniversary lens for $5300 on ebay.. Contax/Yashica 55 mm F1.2 Carl Zeiss Planar T lens

The worst part? The suggested retail price in the UK (where 10 were imported) was 3999.99, or about $5900 USD at current exchange rates [1]. Not much of an investment piece huh?

12-22-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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owning and using the Cosina 55 F1.2, i simply cannot imagine how much better this Zeiss piece can be, let alone justify such a drastic difference in price.
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Another case of a fool and their money being so easily parted.
12-22-2008, 09:02 PM   #4
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this one is better value for money
CONTAX 85mm f1.2 * 60 years* Germany pouch BOX - ( item 270308828024 end time 26-Dec-08 08:55:20 EST)

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Well, that is the pricing of most rangefinder lenses. It is all about ego really.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
It is all about ego really.
Photography and high end audio are nearly identical in their attitudes. It's insanity.
12-23-2008, 08:57 AM   #7
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Photography and high end audio are nearly identical in their attitudes. It's insanity.
Sometimes, yes. But then again, there are people into photography like us who aren't in it for the bragging factor. Otherwise, we wouldn't have gotten a widely-panned brand (at least in recent times) such as Pentax.
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Its like a $10000 bottle wine, an investment. Can't blame Zeiss for this price, it the market that created it. I personally see this as a positive though. As the price these collectors items fetch increases, Zeiss must seriously consider the demand. Perhaps we'll see a Cosina/Zeiss run of these some day.

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Bidding started at $9.95 and ended at $5,300.00. Not too shabby, would be nice if I owned 10 of these and they all went for the same price.
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You could get several Pentax A series 50mm f1:1.2 for that kind of money.

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