Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Superstriker#8, Dec 15, 2013.
What are good 200mm+ lenses for under $175, preferably?
An excellent choice would be the Nikkor 200 f/4 AI-s or 105 f/2.5 AI-s (which would give you an equivalent focal length of 400mm or 210mm respectively when used on an m 4/3 camera...) EIther of those lenses can be purchased within your proposed budget. That work for you?!?
I meant 200mm actual focal length, sorry.
The Canon FD 300mm f/4L is superb. Here's one for an excellent price. I can't vouch for the seller though.
They're a bit more than $175, but in terms of new lenses there are the 300mm f/6.3 mirror lenses by Tokina and Rokinon/Samyang. Both are good for mirror lenses, and small compared to legacy telephotos.
Oops I missed the preferably under $175 criterion!
I see a Canon FD 300mm F4 in EX (excellent) condition at keh.com. for $199. It's not an L, but fits your budget better. However, when the price gets that high, maybe it's better to go higher and get the known quality of an L or a native m43 zoom.
If you browse the keh.com listings, they have some 200nn and 300mm lenses in other mounts, Pentax, Olympus, Konica that are under $100 and $200 respectively for the two focal lengths. Their BGN (bargain) quality is fine, in my opinion, better than lenses I bought new in thew 1980's and beat up.
Minolta Rokkor 200mm can be had for peanuts, and they are wonderful. No need to spend much more than $30-40 on one IMO.
This one was pretty good in its day with a fairly short near focus distance for pseudo macro:
It's only 5.6, but will likely go for much less than $175.
I just accidentally won two Konica Hexanon 200mm f4 lenses. I paid an average of $30 for them. It's smaller than the f/4 version mentioned above and I'm assuming it will be as sharp (other sources say the 200mm f3.5 is sharper, but they also say the 135mm f3.2 is sharper than the f3.5 version, but I have both and believe they're identical). I'll sell one eventually but they didn't even get here yet. I have the adapter already. Snow all over but I think I can manage to get a pic or two
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