yeah, the ML lenses always seemed to me to be grossly underrated. I bought a beautiful FX-3 super 2000 a few years ago thinking it would be a nice way to get into Contax-Zeiss glass...what I found out was that there was no need...the ML glass was fantastic (and cheap!).

I still have no idea why prices seem to have skyrocketed...? The f/2.0 and f/1.9 50mm ML lenses used to go unsold at $9.95...
Maybe this is just a (very) optimistic seller and a lack of other realistically priced items?