Prices and Reviews on Lenses for G690, GL690, GM670?

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In an attempt to move things around with my photography (read: tired of carrying ridiculously heavy camera afield) I've picked up a GL690 and 100mm lens. (Edit: I purchased a 65mm f8 via Craigslist with a Mamiya finder) The standard plain jane entry to the Fuji Medium Format Rangefinders. So now of course I'd like to buy some lenses! Several out there to choose from was the reason I chose the interchangeable body. There's always a heap of information whenever researching lenses. Dante Stella and others have EXCELLENT sites and resources for this camera and I may have even peaked at another forum or two for info.

I've sorted out a few things.
100mm is great, the 100 AE has EBC coating and the meter. Both Greatly benefit by the impossible to find Auto Up/Close Up attachment for anyone that wants to focus closer than one meter. Prices hover on the auction site around 150 and up for nice examples... most folks have one come when they buy the body. (40mm in 35mm terms, some say 43mm to be exact)

50mm is made from Unobtanium or so they seem. Requires a finder, often it's missing. I've heard nothing but praise on the quality of the images. Lowest price I've seen was $989 and no finder. Highest was $1,200 for an excellent example with finder. (20mm in 35mm terms, Roughly)

65mm comes in two variants. F8 and F5.6. Requires a viewfinder. The 5.6 being the newer of the two and obviously a stop faster. I've never found much information on peoples impression or more interesting to me how they compare. What's an average price for these? I've seen auctions for the f8 variant at the $300 mark with no sales repeat. Often viewfinders seem to have gone astray. (28mm in 35mm terms)

150mm fits with your viewfinder guidelines in the GL690 which is clever. I cannot find a price point on these at all. The closest was an old sale from England for 300 shipped. (65mm in 35mm Terms)

180mm requires a finder. I've been quoted $300-350 depending on condition and viewfinder. Never had much in terms of image quality feedback on this one either. (80mm in 35mm terms)

There's a rumor of a 250mm... that's it. No word in any Fuji book, No picture has been found in this poster's search. Considering Fuji was trying to sell lenses for these - I'm hard pressed why we would not see at least one mention/ one picture. I know that they had one in the GX680 series but that's another animal altogether.

All lenses lack coating besides the 100AE. 50,65,100mm are minimum focus distance of 1 meter. 150, 180mm are 2 meter minimum focus.

So if you have anything to add to the mix I'd love to get your input. Most important info would be:

Focal length/Fstop, finder included in sale?, Price paid, year paid, Impressions of quality for you personally.

Thanks!
 
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Why do you think lenses made in the late 1960s-on are uncoated?
 
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Why do you think lenses made for the late 1960s-on are uncoated?
Dan, thanks for the correction. I perhaps should have said they don't have the Fuji EBC coating. I've corrected it above when talking about the 100mm.
 
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