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    They need it for "undercover" work when they "go to town" with the secret service on advanced visits

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    Quote Originally Posted by semi-ambivalent View Post
    Cheap for a branch of government that I watched push perfectly good helicopters into the ocean to save deck space. The military probably taught budgeting to the NSA.
    It should be noted that this is an auction price for a lens being sold as "collectible" 40+ years after original manufacture and purchase. This price very likely has no relation at all to the price paid by the navy.
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    I know darned well the US govt paid W-A-Y too much for such a specialty item... they always do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    I know darned well the US govt paid W-A-Y too much for such a specialty item... they always do.
    But it was GSA pricing from the Las Vegas conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daleeman View Post
    But it was GSA pricing from the Las Vegas conference.
    LOL!! RIGHT!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    I know darned well the US govt paid W-A-Y too much for such a specialty item... they always do.
    Yeah, who needs actual facts? This is the internet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moopheus View Post
    Yeah, who needs actual facts? This is the internet!
    I've worked for Uncle Sam for a long time and I've seen FAR too many rapings of the American taxpayer to cave in. I can't be specific without risk. I'm sure others here will agree.

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    GI cameras

    When I was a GI photographer they gave me, for official use only and I had to give it back, a nifty M3 kit with three lenses in a Halliburton case! I couldn't believe it, not even a deposit required.

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    I don't see why you'd want a 90mm f1 lens on a rangefinder, anyway. With that little depth of field, I want an SLR so I can see if I'm sharp or not. If you stop it down enough to be sure the rangefinder will have you sharp, you might as well get a cheaper lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanaDP View Post
    I don't see why you'd want a 90mm f1 lens on a rangefinder, anyway. With that little depth of field, I want an SLR so I can see if I'm sharp or not. If you stop it down enough to be sure the rangefinder will have you sharp, you might as well get a cheaper lens.
    It's a Leica. If the rangefinder says it's in focus, it's in focus.No need to stop down.

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