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I actually checked this out yesterday, but noticed it wasn't as advertised. I also was leery of the scratches.
Ha! I had actually noticed this lens (and put it in my eBay Watch List), too, before seeing it mentioned here! Don't worry, I'm not going to compete with you high rollers - just curious to see what it goes for. I've realized that part of my fun with this (at least for now) is finding lenses with great value for money. Now "value" is subjective of course, and there's obviously enormous value in the amazing images people have posted with some of the more expensive lenses. But for now I'm sticking down around the $100-ish price point (or less) to...Show more →
I've been very impressed with the 28 f/3.5 H AI'd and imagine you'll enjoy the lens as well. I applaud your intention to begin kit building with the least expensive lenses you can find. Frankly, the eight lenses I've bought for less than $100 have been among my favorites, including the 80-200 f/4.5 AI I bought for $76, the 50-135 f/3.5 AI-s I bought for $95, the 105 f/2.5 P AI'd I bought for $90. I recently bought for a friend a 55 f/3.5 AI for less than $90 that is a great lens. Had I focused on that lens earlier I would likely have bought that instead of the 55 f/2.8 AI-s I eventually bought which cost well above $100.
Nikon made many great lenses. A low price does not mean a poor lens. The 80-200 f/4.5 AI with the rectangular baffle at the back end sold for $700 in the mid-1970s, a price that after adjusting for inflation was higher than the current 70-200 f/2.8 VR 2. Although I haven't shot with it lately, it is an amazing lens, perhaps one of my best when it comes to shooting with extension tubes.
As I've mentioned before, I began buying the high price MF lenses only after liberating money from my Canon kit that I sold last year. I'm very happy to have added the premiere Nikkor MF lenses but my enthusiasm for these lenses that motivated me to start this thread came from shooting with the less expensive lenses. So have fun shopping. You can trust the fact that over time you'll be able to build your kit. As I keep saying, kit building is forever.
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