I've been wanting to shoot on film for some time and bought a few Canon Super 8mm cameras and decided it was time to go to 16mm for a new short film I'm working on for next year.
Last week, I saw a Bolex H16 Rex 5 at a price I couldn't refuse. I bought it without hesitation and I'm glad I did. With that having been said, it came with no lenses.
So I've been buying lenses for it but I'm just feeling some type of way about the lens prices. I've had a photographer friend of mine tell me before she spends serious money on the best lenses she can afford. I don't want to overspend. Some of the prices I've seen on this forum for different cameras and lenses seem lower than what I've been seeing online. Maybe it's just all about timing.
I do admit I paid for more for these lenses than the same lens listed by another seller on Ebay because the lenses I bought not only worked,had clear glass but also looked well taken care of (i.e. not all beat to crap).
Kern-Paillard SWITAR RX 16mm lens - $250
Kern-Paillard SWITAR RX 25mm lens - $305
Switar Kern-Paillard 50mm f/1.4 H16 RX Lens w/Caps, Hood - $551
Switar Kern-Paillard 100mm f/3.3 Yvar AR Lens - $594
Maybe if I hadn't purchased them all at once I wouldn't feel so disturbed about it.
Are these resonable prices for these type of lenses in near mint condition and in working order?
I saw many lenses for sale that were beaten up, oil on the blades, fungus, etc. for not much cheaper and of course ragedy lenses of the same type for more money than what I paid for these but I'm open to being called a fool for these prices too.
Edited by T Sanders, 10 September 2013 - 04:27 PM.