I also read Morituri's response as being tongue in cheek; it was exceptionally well-worded. Congratulations to the OP, fabulous lens.
Originally Posted by Les Sarile
This would only be in bad taste if Trask didn't attribute his good fortune to, well, good fortune.
Have fun with it.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Someday I'll find that treasure chest full of camera goodies. Someday.
Fantastic find my friend. Mind sharing what this site was that you were browsing?
Mamiya 7II / Hasselblad 500CM
What are these "some websites where cameras are bought and sold"?
I hate you as well
My first ever camera was a Nikon F2. I bought it with the regular 55mm f/1.2 lens. I was in college (late 70s) and working at Disneyland on mostly low-seniority night shifts for tuition money and rent. I sometimes kept the camera locked in an unused maintenance locker in an underground tunnel near the giant waterfall pumps directly beneath the Matterhorn mountain.
After my night shifts ended I would sometimes retrieve the camera and wander around both the onstage (where the guests were allowed) and backstage (employees only) areas making pictures of friends and places and whatever else was interesting.
I desperately wanted a Noct-NIKKOR. But I couldn't afford even a grey market one, so I learned to live with those ugly off-axis point source coma-blobs of light. It was terrible, as I could think of no one more in need and deserving of that lens than me. But I never got one.
This is why I hate you...
And here's a supposedly brand new one available today for a smooth US$5,262.40 (on sale at the time of this post, marked down from the regular price of $5,980.00). They do offer free shipping, however.
This is why I'm happy for you....
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"There is very limited audience for the arty stuff, and it is largely comprised of other arty types, most of whom have no money to spend because no one is buying their stuff either. More people bring their emotions to an image than bring their intellect. The former are the folks who have checkbooks because they are engineers, accountants, and bankers—and generally they are engineers, accountants and bankers because they are not artists."
— Amanda Tomlin, Looking Glass Magazine, 2014
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Great find and buy! Add me to the jealous list...
The name plate on the F2 attaches to the finder, for the F it attaches to the body, I have an F name plate, with mounting screws, although not black.
It would attach to the body and probably cover the holes on the F2 finder.
Contact me off line if you are interested.
Way to go! A friend of mine picked up a Rollieflex TLR a few years ago at a yard sale. It was clearly never used and still in a minty box and instructions. At the time, he wasn't a serious collector, but knew it was worth more than the $150 asking price.
Good for you on the 58/1.2. I'd love to own it, but I'm really happy with my 50mm f/1.4G on my F5.
Interesting to read profuse congratulatory, ‘way to go’ and ‘good fortune’ remarks. Yet this may have come at the $2,800 expense of seller’s misfortune/ignorance of not knowing the fair market value of their lens. Or perhaps the seller knew but wasn’t interested in obtaining FMV.
Whether a potential buyer might feel an obligation to notify a seller of FMV may be a personal dilemma, be it philosophical or moral. Or no dilemma at all. Food for thought…nothing more.
Sometimes things just fall in your lap -- like a Noct-Nikkor
Yes, exactly. I go into every thrift store I find and tell them the real market value of any low priced cameras I see. And you should all do the same. It's only right.
True - but a seller has some responsibility too.
Originally Posted by rich815
Maybe I'm jaded, but I've been ripped off by sellers enough times that I don't feel a lot of guilt about getting a good deal on something. (I certainly will let a seller know if they're selling something for way way below market value though.)
Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.
Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?