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08-18-2020, 11:11 AM - 1 Like   #1
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"mflenses.com has expired" ?

This morning when I went to check out mflenses.com, I was greeted with this:


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Are other members here seeing the same thing when you try to get to mflenses.com? The "expired" link leads to a godaddy.com page.

Does this simply mean the owners of mflenses.com haven't paid their bills? I know little about the nuts and bolts of the internet, so I thought I'd post this and hope that others might enlighten me about what might be happening to mflenses.com.

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Same result here.

WHOIS search results
Domain Name: MFLENSES.COM
Registry Domain ID: 553865102_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2019-08-15T07:20:14Z
Creation Date: 2006-08-14T01:26:14Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-08-14T01:26:14Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
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Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
Registrant Name: Registration Private
Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Registrant Street: 14455 N. Hayden Road
Registrant City: Scottsdale
Registrant State/Province: Arizona
Registrant Postal Code: 85260
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.4806242598
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: MFLENSES.COM@domainsbyproxy.com
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Admin Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
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Admin Street: 14455 N. Hayden Road
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Admin Fax: +1.4806242598
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I have to confess I've never heard of the website, but they also have some social media pages that haven't had new posts for a long time.
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I've created 3 websites since 1999. I've also bought and sold dozens of domain names.

10 to 20 years ago, there were not a lot of websites. Back then, most of us made serious money on our websites with Google Adsense, and Amazon affiliate links. 5 - 10 years ago that all changed. Now it's extremely difficult to make a living with Google ads and affiliate links.

So, websites and domains are not worth what they used to be. A website can't count on making much from ads and affilate links. In fact, most websites these days don't make enough money to even pay for their hosting fees (let alone any computer programming expenses that are incurred for site development/imrpovement).

Just last week I chose not to renew 5 or 6 domains, because I could not sell them for anything. I couldn't believe that I couldn't find anyone to buy www.unpluggedmovies.com !

You want to buy MFLenses.com, go for it. But I'd ask, how do you intend to monetize it? By selling lenses? Don't think so, Ebay and the blogs already got that wrapped up. How about selling subscriptions to the MFLenses.com content? Where you going to get the content, and what makes you think you can charge for it given you can already get all the free content you need on MF lenses on Internet.

But, if you still want it, go for it, I'd love to see you make lots of money and prove me wrong (but I doubt it).
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Hopefully this is just an administrative error... Although I haven't visited for a while, it's a very useful site and one of the few forums I'm actually registered with

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
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I've created 3 websites since 1999. I've also bought and sold dozens of domain names.

10 to 20 years ago, there were not a lot of websites. Back then, most of us made serious money on our websites with Google Adsense, and Amazon affiliate links. 5 - 10 years ago that all changed. Now it's extremely difficult to make a living with Google ads and affiliate links.

So, websites and domains are not worth what they used to be. A website can't count on making much from ads and affilate links.


Just last week I chose not to renew 5 or 6 domains, because I could not sell them for anything. I couldn't believe that I couldn't find anyone to buy www.unpluggedmovies.com !

You want to buy MFLenses.com, go for it. But I'd ask, how do you intend to monetize it? By selling lenses? Don't think so, Ebay and the blogs already got that wrapped up. How about selling subscriptions to the MFLenses.com content? Where you going to get the content, and what makes you think you can charge for it given you can already get all the free content you need on MF lenses on Internet.

But, if you still want it, go for it, I'd love to see you make lots of money and prove me wrong (but I doubt it).
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I don't think the OP was intending to buy the domain, but was instead concerned that the registration has expired, since it's a really valuable resource for many of us, and more of an enthusiast site rather than a commercial enterprise (although the owner does, if I remember correctly, sell on some of his collection from time-to-time)...

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08-18-2020, 12:04 PM   #6
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It's looks to me like this domain has been "abandoned" and may be for sale. It will only cost you $69.95 to hire GoDaddy to try and buy it for you. However, I'm not going to buy it that's for sure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
Same result here.

WHOIS search results . . .
Thank you for the info!


QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
I have to confess I've never heard of the website, but they also have some social media pages that haven't had new posts for a long time.
mflenses.com doesn't have a lot of activity, but it's a treasure trove for lovers of old lenses!


QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
. . .
You want to buy MFLenses.com, go for it.
. . .
No, actually I'm just a fan of the site and was wondering why it's down.


QuoteOriginally posted by BigMackCam Quote
. . .

I don't think the OP was intending to buy the domain, but was instead concerned that the registration has expired, since it's a really valuable resource for many of us, and more of an enthusiast site rather than a commercial enterprise (although the owner does, if I remember correctly, sell on some of his collection from time-to-time)...
Yes, exactly. Thank you, BMC, and well said.

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QuoteOriginally posted by .a.t. Quote
mflenses.com is a doesn't have a lot of activity, but it's a treasure trove for lovers of old lenses!
Thanks for the heads up. I refer to the site fairly regularly, and would be disappointed if it has disappeared.

I guess the historical entries could be accessed through Archive.org.


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08-18-2020, 12:48 PM   #9
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Thanks for the heads up. I refer to the site fairly regularly, and would be disappointed if it has disappeared.

I guess the historical entries could be accessed through Archive.org.


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You're welcome. I also visit the site regularly and was there just last night. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

A couple months ago, Attila, the site administrator, mentioned he was looking for ways to enhance site revenue. But there was no suggestion the site might cease operating.

As BigMackCam suggested, this is probably just an administrative lapse which will soon be corrected.
I hope!
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Thanks for topic. Attila email bounces. Emailed Klaus. Not reply yet.
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Thanks for topic. Attila email bounces. Emailed Klaus. Not reply yet.
Thanks, rhodopsin.


QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
. . .
I guess the historical entries could be accessed through Archive.org.


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Thank you, Craig and Internet Archive!

Here's a link to the most recent snapshot (July 25):
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08-18-2020, 01:21 PM - 4 Likes   #12
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Working as 15 seconds ago. Just took time for the renewal to filter out through the net.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>nslookup mflenses.com
Server: ns2.lax.pnap.net
Address: 216.52.254.33

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: mflenses.com
Address: 178.63.44.204


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08-18-2020, 01:27 PM   #13
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Working as 15 seconds ago. Just took time for the renewal to filter out through the net.
Yep, back for me too Thank goodness for that... Aside from PentaxForums, it's one of the few websites and communities I'd really hate to see disappear...
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I have to confess I've never heard of the website, but they also have some social media pages that haven't had new posts for a long time.
Can recommend this site, it has a huge amount of community knowledge - lots of interesting conversations.
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I've seen other websites just go down recently.

I guess google ("I guess it's ok to be evil") and amazon finally starved them to death.
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