Where did you find your legacy lens? Share

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thenewcameraguy Junior Member • Posts: 39
Where did you find your legacy lens? Share

what kind of places would one find a legacy lens like zeiss, contax , voiglander etc. please share your biggest scores. Thanks

Mine was olympus 38 1.8 for $40 at antique store.

Chris_Downunder Contributing Member • Posts: 611
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I get mine primarily from Ebay but sometime I use Adorama. Here in Australia there's not many options.

All the best,

Chris

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Well, my greatest score would have to be the Nikkor 55mm & 105mm macros I use all the time. Got them free from my dad - literally legacy lenses! (The 55mm in particular has a lot of sentimental value.)

In terms of a bargain I earned through hunting, I got a Minolta MC-Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 at a small town second hand store last month for $15. Had to use vinegar to clear a bit of fungus off the rear element - now it's my favorite nifty fifty.

Last year I found a couple of Leica 35mm SLR lenses on Craigslist and talked the lady down to $950. That's not your typical yard sale sum, but it's way down there by Leica standards. (I'm glad I had some money handy for that - the 60mm Macro-Elmarit has become my most-used lens.)

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thenewcameraguy wrote:

what kind of places would one find a legacy lens like zeiss, contax , voiglander etc. please share your biggest scores. Thanks

Mine was olympus 38 1.8 for $40 at antique store.

Check you local ads, there may be photo equipment fairs near you. I like going to these places with a bag of adapters and trying all that old stuff.

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Lightshow Veteran Member • Posts: 4,476
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Mostly eBay, garage/yard sales, antique malls, pawn shops, keh...

My biggest score is an Angénieux 135/2.5(Exakta) for $100, completed eBay listings are around $5000

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blue_skies
blue_skies Veteran Member • Posts: 9,641
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thenewcameraguy wrote:

what kind of places would one find a legacy lens like zeiss, contax , voiglander etc. please share your biggest scores. Thanks

Mine was olympus 38 1.8 for $40 at antique store.

SLR lenses were already in my cup-board, most of them I just had to pull them out again.

RF lenses came new from amazon (tax-free at the time), used from ebay. Another resource to check is Craigslist (US).

Interestingly, the 'current' (ie. still being manufactured) RF (voigtlander, zeiss) lenses are holding their prices in the used market, but the 'used' (contax-g, voigtlander, SLR) lenses seem to actually be going up in value.

E.g. I paid $200 for the (now legacy) voigtlander color-heliar 75mm f/2.5 (the M39 LTM mount). If you can find one today, the going price seems to be around $400. (The updated and larger current f/1.8 M mount goes for around $800).

Also, the 'current' RF lenses are being released in batches. If you were to order a new one, you'd have to wait for stock to become available (I had to wait on voigtlander and zeiss lenses).

My 'best' deals were for the A-mount lenses: $75 for the SAL75300 (new $250); also $75 for the SAL50F18 (new $170); and $50 for the SAL1855 (new $220): all in excellent condition. That is $200 for $750 worth of lenses (75% discount). (I purchased the SAL35F18 new).

Other interesting lenses: I paid $50 for an OM 35/2.8 lens, which is now listing for about $150, if in excellent condition (65% discount).

Sony raising the prices on some of the lenses also seemed to help:

I paid $799 for the original SEL18200 (new), tax-free, and it seems that I can still get that money back today. Not bad, considering that the lens was in short supply at the time (I ordered out-of-state - tax-free & no-shipping charge).

Also, the SEL24F18Z is worth mentioning, I paid (Sony) $950, I believe at the time, with some promotion.

Oh, I got a 2nd E16 + VCL-ECU1 for $125 (together, unused). New would have been about $300.

It seems that I accumulated more lenses than I should have, but it appears that I can get even money on most of the lenses that I acquired new, and double my money on those that I acquired used. Interesting phenomenon.

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Jonathan_Whiteman Contributing Member • Posts: 962
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3 in a box of my wife's old camera stuff, one in a second hand camera shop and one on eBay.  They're everywhere

peruchox Regular Member • Posts: 252
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I commented my older friend that I can use old glass with my NEX. He then told me that back in the day he was into photography and he still got some canon primes. He just gave a 50mm to as gift as he no longer needs it.  I guess some of your friends or relatives may have them around from the 80's.

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My biggest score was Craig's List...I found a seller near my office wanting to unload a couple old SLRs... $100 took the lot, which included a Konica Hexanon 40mm F1.8, Konica Hexanon 50mm F1.7, Vivitar 28mm F2.8 Komine-build, Vivitar Series One 70-210mm F3.5 Kiron-build, Chinon 50mm F1.9, and a Chinon Chinar 135mm F2.8, along with the two SLR bodies, flash units, cable releases, cleaning cloths, a bag, and extra caps.

I picked up a few lenses from KEH.com, for me the best used seller of camera equipment - very reliable, super-conservative on their condition ratings, and with returns allowed and trades/buys.

And I had some manual lenses of my own, from my SLR days, still sitting up in my closet - namely my Pentax ME Super kit.

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richiemccaw Contributing Member • Posts: 825
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Where I am it is not easy to get my hands on legacy lenses so I have gotten all my lenses online, i.e. eBay. I reckon I have overpaid for some lenses like the Contax G 45mm f2 but in general I have been very happy with the quality of the lenses obtained. The downside is that sometimes the lenses you receive are not as 'excellent' as the seller claims it to be so to me it's part and parcel of doing business on eBay.

Seeing as to how many fellow posters have grabbed lenses from garage sales and flea markets (?), I would definitely try to open my eyes a little wider and check these places out in hope of grabbing a good bargain.

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daddyman Regular Member • Posts: 179
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I received several Konica Hexanon lenses (50/1.4, 50/1.7, 40/1.8) when a friend gave them to me because he doesn't use them anymore. Can't beat the price, and I have developed a special relationship with the 50/1.4.

Mike

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uhligfd Senior Member • Posts: 1,912
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I do find them mostly in my closet and try them out one by one.

davect01
davect01 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,088
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Ebay, 90%. Amazon, 5%. Goodwill, 5%

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