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Have you noticed that the price of these is going through the roof these days? KEH wants $800 for them now (and, of course, Kevin wants between $900 and $1400 for the SSC Asphericals, of which he has about 12).
Do you think they realized that people want to buy them to do what we have done?
I don't know if things are changing or not, in respect to the FD85L, or the FD50L, or their precursors. We all know how high Kevin is. I'm sure he doesn't sell many in-state with almost 10% LA county tax.
Lens re/sellers know "L" lenses are supposed to be good and may go by eBay asking prices, but do they sell? In my opinion, $450-$550 is a good price for a KEH grade EX+, and I guess I'd pay $600-$700 for a better condition FD85L. It's really all about proper placement of the rear element, a perfect rear element surface, and a cleaning mark free front element. It really is a tough conversion, done the right way. I'm still talking to the machinist about an EF back, but the mirror issues on a 5D are paramount.
A good friend and noted nature photographer sent me a FD55/1.2 aspherical lens for EF conversion. The lens value is from the rarity, optical quality, and excellent condition. But for this situation, the mirror problems were an issue and grinding that mirror to accept the lens was too extreme. I sent the lens back to him. I really wish a viewfinder screen maker would pick up the ball and laser cut 2mm off the leading edge of a 5D mirror.
Here is a shot at about 8-10 feet to show depth of field, wide open, no PP out of Lightroom and full frame:
Do you think a converted FD 55 1.2 would clear the mirror of a 1ds3?
Is your friend selling that converted lens now?