This is another puzzling development of absolutely insane price levels. The old, manual Canon FD 24/1.4 L lens (for analog Canon FD mount cameras), which used to cost around 600-700 € in second hand, just 8 years ago - has suddenly spiraled towards prices between 11.000 - 14.000 € which is equivalent up to 150.000 SEK in the Swedish currency.

I first thought this only applied to the extremely rare Canon FD 24/1.4 SSC Aspherical... (which too, spiraled out of sanity with 16.000 €) but no, even the more normal, more common "L" version got infected. That's just crazy, if you ask me.

Just mind boggling

because the quality of this lens - while being good - but not that good for such astronomical prices. It is a mystery to me, why this lens has become to expensive.

Whatever the reasons behind this development is - perhaps somebody started a "trend" on this lens - but something tells me, that when society develops these kinds of extremes - it is an end sign. One of many. The kind of sick signs which appear when society has gotten beyond all common sense. I see very strange price developments, out of the blue, without reason or any common sense - spiraling out of control. Sign that accumulate in many kinds of ways - not just "rare" lenses and "not so rare lenses".

The price of the Canon FDn 24/1.4 L for 11.000 € and more, is empty "value". It is like a country, such as US, printing money 11 times over within just a few years.

That is what it is. Nothingness.

 

Signs of our Times ?

"Insanities" for the price of "nothingness".

 

Alternative ?

Canon FDn 24 mm f 2.8 - a good lens, for the cost of 170 € (Oct 2022) on eBay. I have it, and i think it is a good lens even on a digital camera, as well.

The Canon FDn 24mm f 2.0 - goes for around 550 € (up to 750 €). Quite a bit more expensive compared to let's say 8 years ago, when those went for 300-500 €. It is said that this lens is more prone to break in it's internal mechanism (so I have read), and that's why I never went for it, but the slower 2.8 version, which is as robust as the Canon FD usually are.



 

Manual Canon FDn 85/1.2 L

This legendary portrait lens, too, has reached a sensitive level price - 1100 € and more, of what used to be 650-700 € eight years ago. It is essentially more expensive than the electronic AF version, the Canon EF 85/1.2 L second hand price. The latter is around 750-900 €. How interesting...

Perhaps because due to that there are very good Chinese versions albeit manual lenses, such as Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 85/1.2 and the excellent Samyang/Rokinon SP 85/1.2

 

Any other "Crazy" lenses ?

I have no clue, really. I am not really looking into buying older lenses - I have done that 10 years ago. And I am not really "checking" them out. Just a few times, with a few lenses... So, I wonder of course, which other crazy lenses have gotten 10 times more expensive in less than 10 years ?

Strange times. It's not fun, to be honest. It feels like powers who destroy what once was (only recently ago).


Manual Canon FDn 100/2

Yes, another example of crazy prices is this 100 mm portrait lens, which starts 1300-1400 € all the way up to 2300 € and even cases up to 3400 € I have seen. It went for 400 € just a few years ago. It ain't really that special - but less common among the Canon FDn lenses perhaps. To pay 1400-3400 € for that lens is pretty nuts - and enormously overpriced. There is absolutely nothing special of this lens - none what so ever.

Curiously the Canon FD 100/2 lens is now even more expensive than the Canon FD 135mm f 2 lens. It used to be the other way around...

Like I said - crazy world.

 

Another thought

is, that the return in quality (in images) when using these "special but not so special" lenses with analog film, is almost non existent. I mean you barely see any difference when you use Black & White film, whether you use a touted super duper lens or just a good lens.

Film is (in general) too coarse to really make the differences that visible in the final images that people are producing. It's mainly digital cameras which shows much larger differences in lens qualities more pronounced. (also partially because of the sensor and micro lens design on it. If there is a large mismatch, even a good lens performs poor with a sensor that has a too thick glass. Especially Leica M glass is not doing well on non-Leica digital cameras, some of them performing utterly poor). Know your shit. Save the money.

It is a waste of money for example, to invest into manual Canon L lenses when you using film (in my opinion). Or other special glass with other brands. It may show off slightly more when you use slide film, OK - but not truly that much. On top you do have digital tools today for post processing which can work wonders.

So, instead of running after expensive versions, just use the normal lens versions, with still at times very good prices. Enjoy photography - don't get stuck in semantics and psycho ideas and differences which are no different anymore.

Go out an take pictures, instead.

That's my recommendation for you. Bam !


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