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Feb 28, 2014 16:03:50   #
roy4711
 
If you were looking for fast manual lenses for Nikon and Canon that are in very good condition and priced reasonable would you go to Keh camera or where? Thank You. :D

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Feb 28, 2014 16:24:02   #
Cdouthitt
 
KEH is is great...otherwise post your WTB here in the classified section. I've bought 3 old lenses through here (all old Asahi lenses).

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Feb 28, 2014 17:11:18   #
Db7423
 
KEH is great and their lens are better than they show in their ratings. I would also check the Used Department at B&H and Adorama. They may have the one you are looking for. Good luck. ;)

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Feb 28, 2014 18:09:36   #
Bobspez
 
Fast manual lens for Nikon ....ebay from top rated sellers.
In the last three months I got the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 for $88, the Nikkor 100mm f2.8 for $69 and the 135mm Nikkor f2.8 for $23. All manual focus and manual f stop. All work great on my Nikon D3100 in manual mode.

Bob

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Mar 1, 2014 03:45:05   #
The Watcher
 
If you visit KEH and can't find what you want, click on their Ebay link. You'll find many other items to choose from.

The other good thing about KEH is their return policy.

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Mar 1, 2014 04:42:42   #
SharpShooter
 
roy4711 wrote:
If you were looking for fast manual lenses for Nikon and Canon that are in very good condition and priced reasonable would you go to Keh camera or where? Thank You. :D


Roy, it would depend entirely on the lens. All of my experience is with Canon Lenses. I have bought used from KEH, but would consider them a better source for old lenses, especially manual lenses, as you have asked about. I have never bought anything from Ebay, unless it's a good buy-it-now deal. But except for one lens, all my current lenses are autofocus. Most of my AF used lenses have come from Craig's List, but my area has loads of camera stuff. I have looked for used and have bought refurbs direct from Canon for less than used. On a few occasions I have bought brand new with a rebate and its cheaper than used. Sometimes a particular used lens is so close to new that unless you need it in the next hour, it's better to just go new.
One must also consider time and expense as in the case of Craig's List, if you need to go any distance to buy an item.
For sure, if you buy very carefully and bide your time, you can build a nice arsenal of lenses that are worth more than you pay for them. That is the ideal situation.
Many say that once you're all glassed up, you are locked in to a brand. That's true only if you buy carelessly or unpopular 3rd party lenses. Careful buying will net you a profit when you sell, or at worst, you've rented for next to nothing!!
I know you only asked about manual lenses, but I don't find manual focus to be versatile enough. Good Luck Roy ;-)
SS

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Mar 1, 2014 06:53:37   #
drmarty
 
KEH. I have bought many Nikkor lenses from them and all have been excellent.

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Mar 1, 2014 07:01:53   #
EddieC
 
I bought 3 used lenses for my Nikon D600 on ebay from top-rated sellers and they worked great. One was from a camera shop.

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Mar 1, 2014 07:23:34   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
roy4711 wrote:
If you were looking for fast manual lenses for Nikon and Canon that are in very good condition and priced reasonable would you go to Keh camera or where? Thank You. :D

Although KEH is very good, don't forget ebay. I've bought quite a bit of equipment there with no problems. At least take a look.

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Mar 1, 2014 08:57:00   #
sirlensalot
 
Why buy used when you can get a stellar 1.4 lens from Samyang for cheap brand new? They are re-badged under the Rokinonm Vivitar, Bower names. There is one more, but it has slipped from the old memory bank. Pretty sure their 85mm f/1.4 is under $300 if that fits your budget. Probably much less from KEH if they have any.

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Mar 1, 2014 08:59:26   #
roy4711
 
Jerry

I have a question. In today's photography do I need a hand held light meter? If so could you give me some examples when I would use the meter. And what brand would you recommend. I was on Keh camera website looking at used meters. Thanks. :-D

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Mar 1, 2014 09:07:36   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
roy4711 wrote:
Jerry

I have a question. In today's photography do I need a hand held light meter? If so could you give me some examples when I would use the meter. And what brand would you recommend. I was on Keh camera website looking at used meters. Thanks. :-D

I have no need for a light meter, but quite a few of our members use them. I would make a separate post about this topic. I'm sure you'll get good responses.

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Mar 1, 2014 10:02:30   #
EddieC
 
I rarely use one now except for flash photography, but even then you can check your lcd for exposure. Used one all the time back in the old film days! :-)

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Mar 1, 2014 11:29:20   #
The Watcher
 
roy4711 wrote:
Jerry

I have a question. In today's photography do I need a hand held light meter? If so could you give me some examples when I would use the meter. And what brand would you recommend. I was on Keh camera website looking at used meters. Thanks. :-D


I use one when a incident light reading works better than a reflective reading or when I need to measure the output of my flash units.

I usually use a Minolta III that I purchased in the late eighties. It operates on a easy to find battery.

here's the Ebay link to a lot of used ones. If you want to learn more before you buy, you can download their manuals, for free online. You just have to search for them.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Cameras-Photo-/625/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=used+minolta+light+meter&rt=nc

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Mar 1, 2014 12:42:48   #
Rich Maher (a regular here)
 
KEH is a great source.
You can get some good deals on ebay but be sure that the seller offers a return policy. I buy and sell on ebay and I will never buy from a seller without a return policy. The seller may may think the camera or lens is functional because it looks good. Beware and avoid the clueless ones.

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