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    135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    There is a 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site.

    The seller is in China, and is asking $4400.

    Now I haven't looked for this lens for a while, but even at $4.4K, isn't that a bit high?

    ....Vick

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    You've got to wonder what Zeiss would charge to multicoat a single-coated Planar. If it were $200 a surface, that's still just $2000, plus around $5-600 for the lens.

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    I saw it too but wasn't as community spirited as Vick. My plan was to wait until the seller got down to a realistic price and then feel bad about still not being able to afford it...

    If they get $4400 for it I'd say good luck. It's a little sad to think that at that price it may not get used for much photography, more likley to be something to polish on the weekends.

    David, where are you buying 135mm Planars for $5-600?

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    Well, maybe I haven't checked the price for a few years, before the Chinese were getting into the game. I got mine (single coated, second version in a regular Compur 1 shutter) as part of a package with my Tech V. What are they going for now?
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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Well, maybe I haven't checked the price for a few years, before the Chinese were getting into the game. I got mine (single coated, second version in a regular Compur 1 shutter) as part of a package with my Tech V. What are they going for now?
    I'd be very happy to get a single coated one for less than $1000. Things seem to have changed a lot even in the last 6 months.

    If people are able to sell them for ~$4000 how long will it be before Zeiss makes another run? Surely they could make a killing by making 1000 and then selling them off slowly over a few years. It couldn't cost $4m to start production could it?

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    I'm told the fair street price is $3500 or so.

    Any truth to that? I searched older posts in our own forum.

    ...Vick

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    Amazing. Maybe I should have put my retirement fund into lenses.

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    I am not certain, but I think I saw a mint T* one go for $1700-1800 last year.

    Of course I remember seeing Leica Noctiluxes sell for $1000 or so just a couple of years ago -- now they sell for $4500 to $6000. Those 35 ASPH Summiluxes appreciated a lot too.

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    Maybe there'll be a silver lining to the Wall Street Meltdown; all the Gordon Gecko's who've been buying up Planars and Noctiluxs might be forced into a margin call on their lens collections.

    My problem is I want a Planar to use wide open, it doesn't look like I'll be able to afford one. In a way I feel like I have a greater right to it than people who will put it in a collection

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    Re: 135mm f3.5 Planar T* on that auction site

    Or a 135/3.5 Xenotar for $800, virtually identical to the Planar.

    Or better yet, just get an $80 150/3.5 Xenar and have it mounted into a new shutter -- it will give you the same effect, just a bit softer.

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