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by Larry Shuman on Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:19 am
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I just bought this lens at a very good price. Since I've seen this lens in use back in 1976 to 1977 I was wondering what it would have cost new back then. I intend to put my old Nikon FTN/F36 onto this lens and see if I have retained any of my manual focusing skills. I'm not looking for a exact cost but rather a bracket estimate.

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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:28 am
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Is this your lens?:

https://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/zoomsMF/50300mm.htm

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/zoomsMF/50300mmED.htm

ED lens?

https://kenrockwell.com/nikon/50-300mm.htm

https://kailiuphoto.com/2015/05/02/nikon-nikkored-50-300mm-f4-5-ai-s-review-a-great-old-lens/

This page gives some serial numbers of various incarnations of the focal length:

http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html#43-xx

Only suggestion of a price I have seen so far is $3000 for ED version new.

https://imaging.nikon.com/history/story/0062/index.htm

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by Larry Shuman on Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:46 pm
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Yes it is. I'm waiting for delivery as I write this. Since my FTN meter has not worked for years I'll use my L358 Sekonic . Where did you look to see it $3,000? That would be a ton of cash back 1975, 1976 & 1977.
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by SantaFeJoe on Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:38 am
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In this thread, it is mentioned in a post by RaGa, that he bought one new from B and H for $1900 in 1988. I think $1900 is low for 1988, though. I haven’t found the $3000 price again(thought I bookmarked it!!!), but I’m still looking.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3533003

Edit: This is where it was suggested that the price was around $3000:

http://www.photographyreview.com/product/lenses/35mm-zoom/nikon/50-300mm-4-5-ed-zoom-nikkor-ai-s.html

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