I went thru a phase of buying and trying camera lenses.
Did not work for me:
zooms (poor transmission)
Contax C-Y and Konica AR : these didn’t reach infinity focus.
Camera lenses that work very well :
Canon FD 50, 85, 300
Nikon AI 135 and 180ED (a nice Astro lens)
The reason l like the camera lenses: the old ones are plentiful and inexpensive. They don’t have to be in perfect shape for NV, and the adapters are easy to obtain. For the causal NV observer, two lenses will cover most applications.
I'm really like camera lenses too. Have three so far (50, 135, 300) and want to fill in the gaps (85, 200).
One rough spot is filter changing (for filter rings glued into the adapter).
I would like to get around this by using a filter drawer. The sticking spot is finding a Canon FD to T2 adapter. Anyone know of a source for this?