- February 7, 2021 at 12:13 pm #238349Dave JonathanParticipant
Wow. Just got sticker shock.
About four years ago, I purchased an 28mm 2.8 ai-s for $150 on eBay in nice shape, and that was pretty much the going rate at the time I bought it.
A friend of mine who doesn’t buy online asked me to find a nice copy for him. So, I went onto eBay and checked out “Sold” prices for U.S. lenses – The ai-s is now averaging $225! Being curious, I did some more research and found that the same thing has happened with my 105mm 2.5 ai-s – about a 50% increase in price from when I bought mine four years ago.
The ai-s is now close enough in price to the 28mm 1.8G – about $75 difference to get a much newer lens and autofocus – that the G lens becomes a real option. Or, getting a 28mm 2.8 ai, which is also excellent and can currently be had for half the price of the ai-s.
I cannot imagine what is causing these 30-40 year old ai-s (apparently not ai) lenses to increase in price by 50% in the last 4 years. Any ideas?
Just curious.February 14, 2021 at 12:57 pm #238401Nasim MansurovKeymaster
Dave, who knows. I personally wouldn’t buy any of the old lenses if I want the best performance – modern lenses outperform them by a huge margin. There are very few exceptions (macro, super-telephoto, bellows, etc), where center performance is the only important area, which older lenses fulfill well. The biggest benefit of older glass is obviously the price, so if you are looking for a good deal, that’s the way to go.
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