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What's Your Most Pricey Lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tjdean01, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    Ignoring what you paid (because you could have gotten a deal or else paid MSRP on release date), what's your most expensive lens? (Meaning, what's the average going price for said lens used in good condition.)

    Poll is for native lenses only but if it's an adapted lens or lens other than I mentioned, feel free to tell us about it below. I didn't add the lenses that don't seem as popular. I grouped the zooms together but not the primes.
  2. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Mine is the Panasonic 12-35mm. I have gradually started using it the most too so I am getting my moneys worth...
  3. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 17, 2013
    Wait I'm confused, are we supposed to vote based on what we paid, the MSRP or the current rate of the lens?
  4. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    A Canon SSC 50mm/f1.4.

    I bought both Olympus 40-150 in a 4/3rds flavour (3.5+4.0) but they were cheaper than the Canon. The only other AF lens i have is the kit 14-42 which came bundled with my G5. I have to stick to adapted lenses due to budgetary concerns. I'm not complaining though!

    If this reply isn't what you were aiming for, simply delete it. :thumbup:
  5. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    My kinotel 75mm 1.8 c mount. It's my baby. I got it for $125 but you couldn't pry it from my cold dead hands. Oooooh he bokeh is sooo Purdy.
  6. minibokeh

    minibokeh Guest

    Philosophical answer: The most pricey lens is the one that you didn't buy, and therefore couldn't take that priceless picture that would have changed everything.

    I believe the fundamental angst to be in this situation is what motivates many folks to buy lenses "just in case" (not me, not me, ... wait - why do I have that slow 100-300? :) ).
  7. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    Most expensive in terms of real money paid was a 12-35. I've since sold it, and now my most expensive lens is a 20mm. Lens that caused me to miss a once-in-a-lifetime shot is the 15mm body cap, which was a costly mistake for such a cheap lens!
  8. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    I have the 12-35/2.8 and the 35-100/2.8. I traded some older film gear and received enough for both zooms. There was no sales tax because it was a trade. The price of the 35-100 dropped $100 dollars three days after I made the trade. The store owner honored the price reduction and refunded $100. I have been rather fortunate with prices of the majority of my lenses. The only lens I own that has had a price drop since I bought it is the Sigma 60/2.8. It is currently selling for $209. I paid $229 for mine.
  9. dpaultx

    dpaultx Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 19, 2014
    North TX
    Leica 14-50 Vario Elmar 3.8-5.6.

    Paid? . . . Well . . . Not so much for it, but the effect is "priceless".

  10. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    My pricest lenses are the oly 12-40, voigt 17.5, voigt 42.5 and oly 75.
    All have pretty similar resale value.
  11. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Konica 57mm f1.2... and its by far not my most used lens... but if Metabones released a Speedbooster for the Konica mount... oh woe is me... 1st world problems of too much choice :( 
  12. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Basically Panny 20mm.Took a hit on taxes and import duties, foolishly. ANd the prices in EU/UK are ridicilous comparerd to USA prices.

    Apart from that Oly 60mm.
    Found a bargain, basically less than used USA prices (not that common in Croatia/EU).
    If i end up selling it (not very likely), i'll get more than i paid for it, and then some.
  13. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Legend

    Mar 21, 2014
    The 14-140mm. But even that, I bought used for $350. Got my 20mm 1.7 for $250, and my 7.5mm fisheye for about the same. At this point I have many more adapted lenses than native ones, since I've been experimenting with what kind of shooting I like the most. I feel like I would love the Panasonic 35-100mm, or the 100-300mm, but both are somewhat difficult to justify at this stage, with the body that I have (GX1). At this point, I would get more performance improvement by upgrading to a newer body than a faster lens, since I'd also get focus peaking and IBIS and an EVF, all of which I would love to use with my adapted (and focal-reduced) manual lenses.
  14. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Not sure if the Oly45 Or Panasonic 20mm would go for more these days . . . either way, I guess I'm probably in the "thrifty" category. :) 
  15. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Olympus 150f2. With the E-M1 I don't consider the 4/3 lenses adapted with the E-M1. Other than flange distance they work as well as they did or better than when they are mounted on the E-5.
  16. broody

    broody Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 8, 2013
    My most expensive lens is the 25mm 1.4. I was always allured by this lens and how so many people had nothing but praise and love for it. Even so, MSRP was a tall order but I managed to get a second-hand one for a decent price. And it's definitely worth all the praise, I've gotten so many wonderful and unforgettable pictures with it. I can easily forgive it for its DSLR prime-like size.
  17. Vesku

    Vesku Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 23, 2014
    My most expensive lens is Pana 14-140 II and I am a bit angry because it could not shoot stable video handheld like my other cheaper lenses.
  18. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Going off of current MSRP, mine is the 35-100 from Panasonic, though I "only" paid $1000 for the lens (which is quite a bargain though, 33% off of the retail price).
  19. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Leica Noctilux -M 50mm F1 .... technically not mine but it is in my bag for the duration!

    Cost me $0 but that is not the same deal for everyone else. If anything bad happens on the hook for it!
  20. BobbyTan

    BobbyTan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2013
    Long Beach, CA
    That's a damn good lens! I toyed with the idea of buying one but it was hard (then) to find a used copy. And when word first got out that Olympus will be releasing a 40-150/2.8 PRO zoom I immediately abandoned all ideas about finding a used copy of this lens. I had rented one, along with a 1.4x TC. Liked it, but found it way too slow for BIF … and it's big and heavy.

    I had pre-ordered the 40-150/2.8 + MC-14 and I think the combo will rock … and I can't wait to pre-order the 300/4 lens!

    My most expensive lens, so far, would the Nocticron … and it is also my favorite lens, by far!
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