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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:28 am    Post subject: Looking for cheap macro lens Reply with quote

Hello. I need 50mm at least, by preferably wider macro lens. I don't care much about mount, because this will be used on Sony NEX via adapter. I also don't care about aperture - it can be even F8, since this is going to be used in machine vision project. I don't care for external looks too - no one going to see this lens. What I'm looking is perfect optical condition and low price. It should be able to focus from at least 20cm distance from the subject.


PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I'm speaking from personal experience here. I truly believe that the best bang for the buck around when it comes to macro lenses is the Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor. I dunno why, but for some reason, the 55mm Nikon Micros are selling for really cheap these days. You can find a good selection on eBay for under $50. Sometimes even under $30. I just don't understand it. Why? Because the 55mm f/3.5 Micro is one of the sharpest macro lenses you will ever come across.

I own three pre-AI 55/3.5 Micros, two which have the original pre-AI aperture ring and one that's been AI'd by Nikon. I wish they were selling for what they're worth, and I'd have sold mine by now.

I'll sell you either of my Micros with the pre-AI rings for $40+shipping. Both show wear, but both have mint glass and function correctly. If you're interested, I can PM you with photos. Or you can shop eBay. It makes no difference to me.


PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check PM please.