Hi all. Yesterday I went to a photography market in a town called Doesburg, in the east of Holland (near Arnhem, of WW2 reknown).
Anyway, there were lots of Contax models on offer, lots of old folders, lots of the ubiquitous Canons and Nikons, and... oh wonder... quite a lot of russian RF's, russian lenses and fake Leicas on offer.
I wasn't there to buy anything, so I had little reason to ask for prices but the price tags I saw... the prices were quite staggering! A simple FED2 would generally go for 50 euros or so, some even much higher. Zorki-4 also going for double or triple the prices on eBay. A Jupiter-3 50/1.5 would have to fetch 100 euros. An 85/2 J-9 for 85-90 euros. J-12 35/2.8 going for at least 50 euros. And so on.
Those Russian, German, and former East Block sellers really have found a new way to drain us poor estern Europeans from our hard-earned cash.
I got to test my J-9 85/2 with its new Heliopan hood on the Bessa R. The roll isn't finished yet, so it'll be a few more days before I'll be able to see the results.