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Thread: Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

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    Join Date
    Sep 2003

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    Over the years I've accumulated a bunch of great glass and now find that I use four lenses the most.

    They whole inventory includes:

    75mm f4.5 Grandagon-N

    90mm f4.5 Grandagon-N

    110mm f5.6 Super Symmar XL

    150mm f5.6 Sironar-N

    210mm f5.6 Sironar-S

    305mm f9 G-Claron

    450 f12 Fujinon-C

    The 450 gets used for 8x10 and the 110, 210 and 305 are also 8x10 able. I also get a kick out of using the 75 (when I remember to bring the bag bellows !!).

    So, the question: does it make sense to sell the 90 and the 150 considering the other focal lengths I own ?? I shoot external architecture and a little landscape.

    Sorry for the 'which lens question' ...

    Thanks ....

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    Unless you have to pay rent with the proceeds, keep them all. You can try leaving the 150 and 90 at home for a while and see how that works out. If I had your arsenal the 150mm would be my most used lens.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2002

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    Send them to me for evaluation and I'll get back to you REAL soon.

  4. #4

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    Dec 2000
    Tonopah, Nevada, USA

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    Yep. Keep them all. Plus keep your eyes out for a 240mm and 270mm G-Claron.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

  5. #5

    Join Date
    May 2001

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    Yes keep them all and buy also a 600 APO Ronar or APO Nikkor 610 mm for your 8x10! I would only sell the 150mm if any, but only if I need money! Good light!

  6. #6

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    Aug 2000

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    I would keep them, too. Look at current lens prices. It is currently a buyers market.

  7. #7

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    Jun 2002

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    I'd love to buy that 90/4.5 off you Ron - if you get close, email me first!

    FWIW, I'm using a 90/6.8 Sinaron, 180/5.6 Sinaron S, and 300/5.6 Sinaron S. Yep, I know they're the same as Caltars but I like precision and order (and I got a helluava deal). The three lenses seem to work for everything I need... I always had a problem with the 210 - focal length - it is too common - like to go longer or shorter.

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    Moderator Ralph Barker's Avatar
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    Sep 1998
    Rio Rancho, NM

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    My suggestion, Ron, would be to sell the 90mm Grandagon and the 150mm Sironar. Then, get a 150mm Super Symmar to keep your 110mm company.

    Oh, and that 305mm G-Claron is crap. I'd be willing to take it off your hands for a minimal fee. ;-)

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    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    You worked hard to accumulate quality optics. Keep them all. What I would recommend is to go to the field only taking one or two less used lenses and force yourself to use them. Many times I find that given multiple options, we migrate to what we feel "comfortable" with not necessarily what would necessarily work making a quality photograph. If after several runs at this iteration you continue to find a hollow feeling with these lenses, then you could part with them. As it is, Murphy's Law will tell you that as soon as you sell one, that will be the beginning of the desire to get it back.


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    Mar 2002
    Sweet, ID

    Lightening The Load - which lenses to sell ?

    that's it?
    The only trouble with doin' nothing is you can't tell when you get caught up

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