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Anyoone Bought BGN legacy lenses from KEH?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by HaViet, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2014
    Hartford, CT
    It says the the BGN lenses are 70-79% quality of original lens. That sounds pretty good for me.

    The savings is quite decent over an EX/EX+ version. Especially when I try to get 2-3 lenses.

    Just wonder if anyone buy BGN legacy lenses and happy with the products.

  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I hear it's hit or miss. Sometimes the lens can be great, other times it really looks to be a bargain lens. I usually get EX lenses which in most cases would be a 9-9.5/10 from other used gear shops.
  3. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2014
    Hartford, CT
    Thanks, that's what I was afraid of.
  4. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I've bought a bunch of bargain grade stuff from them. In my experience it has all been great optically, just might be scuffed up or something. I even ordered some ugly ones just to see what they were like, probably want to stay away from those :wink: I'd buy bargain ones though, plus they have a great return policy.
  5. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I've bought two BGN lens from KEH and thought they were in good condition. No damage on filter rings. Apertures snappy. I'd buy again if I was in the market.
  6. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2014
    Hartford, CT
    Thanks guys. That's promising.

    Anyone else bought bargain?
  7. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    I do have some. They are generally OK . One has kind of stiff aperture ring. I am glad I did not overspend though as I ended up not using it much.
  8. jomerads

    jomerads Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    Moorestown, New Jersey
    John S.
    I bought a lot of bargain lenses from KEH as well. The worse that I got was an FD 135 2.8 mm with a built in hood that was slightly deformed that it was harder to put a filter on it. I loved the pictures I got from it though. The other bargain was a Vivitar Series 1 zoom that has a rather bad zoom creep. I placed a zoom rubber band on it and problem solved.

    I will continue to buy bargain lenses and products from them.

    John S.
  9. jziegler

    jziegler Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2012
    Salem County, New Jersey
    When I was shooting Nikon, I bought a few BGN items from them. I don't remember if I got a lens or if that lens was EX, but I did get a BGN camera body. It was as advertised. Worked great, but the base was scuffed and dinged, and the rubber grip was loose (common Nikon DSLR problem). I'd definately go for BGN again.

    Now, I also got a flash that was UG. It works, but it is very rough in condition. Only go with UG if it's cheap and something you don't care much about.
  10. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Forgot that I bought my spotmeter in UG condition when I was shooting film. I think UG is fine for accessories that don't impact the image quality.
  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I've always been pleased with BGN lenses from KEH. Haven't tried UG because I don't want to deal with fungus, element separation, etc.
  12. Jason C

    Jason C Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2014
    I am a profuse KEH bargain hunter, and I have yet to be let down once.

    The following is a list of KEH bargain condition lenses I have bought from them:

    Canon FDn 300mm f/4--$150--
    Perfect glass, worn body but not bad.

    Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8--$29--
    Perfect glass, body in good condition, slightly stiff focus action.

    Konica Hexanon AR 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 macro--$23--
    Perfect glass, good body with smooth focus and zoom actions. A steal.

    3 various FD mount Tokina zooms--$8 to $19--
    Perfect glass on all 3, worn bodies but with good zoom and focus actions.

    Canon FD 135mm f/2.5--$35--
    Perfect glass, good body but a slightly stiff focus action.

    Konica Hexanon AR 57mm f/1.4--$39--
    Perfect glass, good body, good focus action but slightly stiff aperture ring.

    Minolta Rokkor MC 58mm f/1.4--$39--
    Perfect glass, very good body, excellent aperture action but slightly stiff focus action.

    KEH has never let me down, and if there ever was an issue they will help to resolve it.

  13. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    EX and above are 'sure fire' quality when it comes to KEH....:smile:
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  14. Jason C

    Jason C Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 10, 2014
    I endorse this statement! I have also purchased EX condition from KEH, and easily could be rated higher.

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