I agree with Mickey, you always can ask what the quality is of the glass and if the outside aperture closing mechanism is properly working (although I doubt that this particular seller is an Exakta guru...) If all is well, you won't be disappointed with the optical qualities of this Flektogon.
As a general answer, Bob, I suppose it depends how knowledgeable the people are who will look at it. As an example the rear lights on the early MGTD were glass. Often these would be replaced with plastic lenses. Most people wouldn't know and would find plastic acceptable. Anyway that's my take on things.
Don't want to sound elitist because I make plenty of camera compromises to keep costs down. But if I was going to the trouble of getting an Exacta (which is a very important piece of 35mm history) I would want a lens manufactured by the parent company. There are some of the preset lenses that are relatively inexpensive (It might be cheaper to find a Exa with lens than a stand alone lens). If the person viewing you collection knows nothing about cameras a Vivitar lens isn't a big deal. If they do have some camera knowledge it's not going to feel right.
My goodness, does that name ever bring back memories! The first wedding that I ever shot (sometime back in the dark ages ;D) was shot with an Exa. The wedding couple were college classmates of mine, and none of us had much money, so they asked me to be their "photographer." My only camera was my much-loved Contaflex II. A week before the wedding, the front element of the lens fell off! I took it to a local camera dealer who also did repairs.. He did not want to attempt the repair on the Zeiss, so he sent it out. Knowing the situation, he generously set me up with an Exa and 2 lenses, a "normal" and a 135, if memory serves me right, and would not take a penny for rent!
Interchangeable lenses! What a concept!
The Contaflex came back with the repair completed, and a complete CLA. Cost? $20.00!
Post by vintageslrs on Aug 19, 2012 13:09:22 GMT -5
I think I solved the problem--lol. Got an Exa II coming with the 50mm F2.8 Domiplan lens and then have the Vivitar T-mount lens with the Exakta mount coming. So I will put the Domiplan on the Exakta and the Vivitar on the Exa.....cause can't have the Exa II without a lens!