Quote Originally Posted by Robert Kennedy
Yeah, $100.00 is a LOT for that look. IIRC many optical companies will see simple, basic lenses cheap that you can buy cheap and use to make the same thing.
Check out www.surplusshed.com if you're looking for lens elements to experiment with. Their selection is quite good, and occasionally they come up with complete lenses (from fax machines, copiers, etc.) that are also a blast to experiment with.