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    Who has expericience with KEH lens grading?

    I have been looking at quite a few lenses at KEH, but what I can afford at the moment is either marked UG (Ugly) or BGN (bargin). I understand what they say has the description of these two grades, but want to hear from somebody that may have bought something with these grades and if all is accurate in the description. The description is a little scary and I'm not sure it is worth it to risk or wait some more and save the extra $100 - $150 to get the higher grades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerk151 View Post
    I have been looking at quite a few lenses at KEH, but what I can afford at the moment is either marked UG (Ugly) or BGN (bargin). I understand what they say has the description of these two grades, but want to hear from somebody that may have bought something with these grades and if all is accurate in the description. The description is a little scary and I'm not sure it is worth it to risk or wait some more and save the extra $100 - $150 to get the higher grades.

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    hi

    i have never bought an ugly lens from them
    only "bargain" lenses - large format as well
    as 35mm ... they have always been in such good
    condition that i couldn't believe that i got such a good deal

    good luck,
    john

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    I think KEH BGN products are just fine, sometimes even better. I've gotten a few cameras that way, and while some of them had some slight cosmetic dings, they all worked wonderfully for me. The LF lens I bought from them in BGN condition looked brand new, I couldn't find anything wrong with it at all except for some very slight cleaning marks on the glass. I have no experience with the UG stuff but for a lens I would stay away from it since you won't know what the glass will look like.

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    I think most folks will tell you that KEH's "Bargain" is most other folks' "EX". Also, keep in mind that KEH has an outstanding return policy - if you don't like it, just send it back.

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    Never try Ugly. Bargain could sometimes be hit or miss.

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    To see how they grade things, just go to their site and request a quote for something fictional of yours. You will see how the questions they ask relate to the grade they give. What some may see as a minor flaw can lower their ratings severely.

    As Scott mentions, they have a very nice return policy. I've needed it a few times and never had a problem with it.
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    For a $100 difference I happily buy bargain grade from KEH. If it's less then $50 or so I'll upgrade not because the bargain will be bad but the higher grades are often so close to brand new that the small difference is a small price to pay.

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    I bought one odd lens that was only available as Ugly - it was scratched up, but worked perfectly. I've bought several Bargain lenses and they were what I would call very good.
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    That's all great to hear, thank you all I have my eye on a couple.

    Of course I just checked and they have changed a few things within the last couple of hours. So one of them is gone, then there are these two

    1)270mm F5.5 Schneider Tele-xenar w/ compur
    2)210mm F5.6 Fujinon-L w/ copal

    The 240mm is the one that is no longer there. I am looking for lots of camera movement.

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    I'm assuming 4x5. The Fuji L is a copy of the old Kodak lenses. More then enough coverage for 5x7 so lots of movements for 4x5.

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