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    El-Nikkor Serial Number Relevance

    Hello,

    I have been offered a 150mm El Nikkor enlarging lens,
    serial number 516022.

    Is there anything significant that this serial
    number might tell me as to features, or lack
    of features that this lense might posess?

    Thanks!

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    Not to me but you can tell the generation of Nikon lens from barrel. The oldest are chrome [or at least metal looking] The newest look like this one:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...e&Q=&sku=36861

    I don't think the design has changed any but the coatings will likely be better with the newer ones.

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    Actually, it looks a bit different than that newer pic you provided.

    Here is what the seller provided:

    http://www.hiddenworld.net/misc/nikkor-1.jpg

    http://www.hiddenworld.net/misc/nikkor-2.jpg

    Asking price is $200 for the lens. Does this seem reasonable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD
    Actually, it looks a bit different than that newer pic you provided.

    Here is what the seller provided:

    http://www.hiddenworld.net/misc/nikkor-1.jpg

    http://www.hiddenworld.net/misc/nikkor-2.jpg

    Asking price is $200 for the lens. Does this seem reasonable?
    $200 is a bit high in today's market. I picked up a mint 150mm Nikkor for $125, and I think I may have overpaid. If you can inspect it, or return it may be a good deal.

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    That looks like my 50mm but my serial number is lower . From memory mine is early 1980s or so. $200 is high in this market. A brand new 135mm Nikon is only $320 for the grey market model at B&H.

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    Here are the B&H prices:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont....x=0&image.y=0

    I don't understand why one is 499 and one 649. Anyway, assuming the lens
    above is analagous to the $499 model, then $200 is probably reasonable, woudn't you think?

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    You know, Jeff...what is exorbitant to one person is reasonable to another.

    I think what's important is...is this something you need/want? Do you feel it is a good value? If so, by all means get it!
    Jeanette
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    The more expensive model is imported by Nikon USA. It'll carry the Nikon warranty. The cheaper one is imported by B&H and if you have any problems will be serviced by B&H.

    In today's market $200 is rich. Search the completed Ebay auctions. You won't find many lenses even getting close to $200. Somebody bought a Rodenstock for $23. Now that's damn cheap but less then $100 for a 150mm lens shouldn't be too hard to find.

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    Hi

    In my opinion this lens is quiet old around end of 1970s in my opinion. I got a 135 mm for around 150 but an almost new one.
    If you need it not very urgent look for a newer model!
    Good luck.

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    Seems High -- As stated above -- check finished auctions on ebay for a real price.

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