Buying a Zenitar 16mm (Soooooon)

Thanks to the guys on in the forums of dpreview.com who pointed me to rugift.com where they have decent prices on old russian lenses. In particular I’m interested in the Zenitar 16mm. It has a neat look based on what I’ve seen, isn’t horribly fisheyed like the Peleng 7mm (which I’m also interested in getting eventually) and ends up being about a 24mm on my *ist-D, a nice wide angle. Something might pop up on ebay of course, but eBay still scares me a bit.

Course, I have to figure out how to pay for it first. I have a small cache of money from my google ads, in USD, but it’s in my canadian bank account in a special “don’t screw me on the exchange rate” account where it stays in USD…. of course, the only way to get the money out right now is to get it in cash. I’ll have to talk to them and see if I can get a US credit card or something. Anyone else have this going on? Or know how to get myself a US bank account without living there?

Of course, somewhere down the list is something like this (a Pentax 1:5.6 600mm ED(IF) lens currently on eBay at $1,425.00 with 2 hours to go). Gotta have something to do wildlife photography with you know! 900mm with the 1.5x conversion factor baybe, yea!

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