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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    The Navy would have used it for aerial surveillance most likely - no focusing required, it would have always been shot at infinity. It would have been mounted to a fixed position aimed out a window. Probably also used for night-time surveillance. And compared to the optics used to photograph high resolution terrestrial images from space, that lens would probably have been cheap.
    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.
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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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    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.
    You meant GSA?
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

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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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