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The hood, and other prices!

posted Jan 22, 2009, 8:31 PM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Feb 26, 2009, 3:03 AM ]
As some of you know, neither one of the Nikkor 85mm f1.4 lenses in my possession have an HN-20 hood. Well, I had a close friend of ours order one for us off Gmarket. It arrived! Now I can see how well it'll handle flare. It looks like it's going to be a sunny weekend. I'll post pics later of the brand-spanking new HN-20 hood I bought for about 20,000W (about $14US). And for those of you who are curious, sorry, but neither of the Nikkors are up for sale. One of them belongs to my friend; he'll be getting it in March. The other belongs to me, and I'm not selling it, at least not in the condition it's in. It's about as pristine a copy as you can ever find these day.

As a side note, it is possible to pick up a used NIkkor AF 85mm f1.4 for under $800US in Seoul. You really have to shop around; two weeks ago my buddy and I found three copies, all in excellent shape for under $800US. We also found two copies of the legendary 20-35mm AF f2.8 both for the equivalent of about $450US. And the ultimate bargain--a used D700 for the equivalent of $1980US! That was an amazing deal, but way outside of our family budget. Those of you who work on post, you're in luck! Those of you visiting, especially from Japan, there's no better time to pick up some great glass cheap (both lenses and glasses!--you know what I mean).

I am in no way affiliated with any of the shops in Seoul! Heaven's there's got to be over 300 of them. Though, as a buyer, I would recommend Hyosung Camera in Namdaemun as they often have the cheapest prices for the best glass, and don't forget to bargain! Bargain! Bargain! Bargain! And pay in cash, as they'll often lower their prices. And it also helps if you bring along a friend who speaks Korean. That's how I keep finding these insane deals! And for those of you expats in Seoul, don't forget to visit camera shops that are on top of the underground "Import Mall" near Namdaemun--there's got to be at least 50 shops in that little place.