Aye Yi, Yi, Yi!!!

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by wfwhitaker, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. wfwhitaker

    wfwhitaker Member

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    The Petzval madness climbs to new heights! (Vitax)

    Could this all be one man's doing? Jim???
     
  2. Claire Senft

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    Meine vater told me one man's pet valls ist einen nuther man's kurtuflle in a very poor imitation of Hoch Deutsch. Ve mustard people pride ourselves in being equally illiterate in all languages which certainly includes spelling. nicht wahr?..
     
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    Holy Bokeh, Batman! Time to put my 20" Vitax on the market!!!
     
  4. Steve Hamley

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    I doubt Jim's responsible for all the lens and camera madness going around, although it would certainly be fun to try to attribute old gear madness to him. :D

    I can see the newbies in a few years saying "I can't afford the old beat up stuff, so I have to get by on new Super Symmar XLs and Ebonys".

    There's been a steady increase in interest (prices) of all 8x10 and up cameras and lenses over the past few years, especially for vintage American glass in Asian markets.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/showthread.php?t=25449&highlight=lens

    In particular, nice vintage portrait and pictoral lenses have skyrocketed - f:64 undone and we've come full circle!!

    Steve
     
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    Yah. But what can he do about the price of Tessars? There's the challenge.
     
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    Wow! These were selling for ~$100 a year ago. No, not Jim's fault. A few years ago there was also a spike in price on 19th century brass Petzvals when one individual started bidding like a madman. S/He stopped buying, but prices never returned.
     
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    Wow. Madness, indeed.

    While I doubt any single individual is responsible, Jim's tough. He can withstand all the blame we (lovingly) heap on him. :wink:
     
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    Sure beats that Polavision investment. :rolleyes:

    Joe
     
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    I can't even spell Vatix.

    Anyways I've left all those old junkers behind. What you really want is a Bausch & Lomb Tessar 1C f4.5! Absolute magic.
     
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    If you send all your old lenses to me, I'll verify to the community that you have moved on to greener pastures!

    Matt