Was nice to finally see the legend, but even if I could rent that lens for say $25 for the day, I would pass, I don't see any value aesthetically of its images, to each his/her own I guess.
I am sure whomever buys it will make a good investment just bc of its rarity and its engineering accomplishment, but aesthiclly it doesn't do anything, a $0.50 point and shoot from the bin of a thrift store is more desirable....but I guess this lens is not really to be used like a normal lens...
I don't know how old you are but back in the golden days businesses like Nikon and Canon and others were always trying to out-do one another. Not just to win the long term customers that made their business but also out of sheer engineering moxy. This lens (and others, like the 13mm) was Nikon saying 'Go ahead, knock this off my shoulder. I dare you.' I imagine today the competition is as fierce as ever, if not more so, but I don't pay any attention if there's not a coupling shoe involved.
I photograph things to see what things look like photographed.
- Garry Winogrand
At that price, I would be afraid to use the lens for fear of damaging it.
And, if I read the YouTube narrative correctly, the lens did
sell for the 100,000 GBP asking price, ($161,000 USD).
What would be the insurance, even with say, $2k - 3k deductible?