The guys at Helix are down on film, They've gone from 13 stores to 5 in the last 3-4 yrs. It's too bad,one time they were a major player in the Chicago area A couple of years ago I bought 23 assorted large format lenses from their LF dept. for $100. I didn't feel bad about that at all. At the same time they weren't buying used Deardorff 'cause they felt the market was saturated & didn't think they could get $500 for an 8X10.
It may take a long time to get rid of the slides, but there's someone out there looking for them.
[SIZE=5]30 to 40?!? [/SIZE] :o My God...
Originally Posted by Studio935
Some people are like Slinkies. They're really good for nothing, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
What I'd like to do is build a camera that will use a couple of the lenses and sell the rest. If I can clear out the storage area where the camera equipment is I can build a darkroom. All the sinks and valve contols enlargers and stuff are there. I just can't get to it all. Unfortunatley when my landlord bought the building several years ago they had several of the room sized copy cameras still in the crates but they scrapped them. For my art I use a lot of ortho film high contrast positives -silkscreen and photo intaglio etching - so one of the old copy cameras still operational would be ideal. But I have the blueprints and will eventuall get one built from the spare parts lying around. Which type of camera would you guys recommend building to utilize some of the lenses I have? 11x14 or 8x10? There is a 4x5 that I have access to so I won't have to build one of them. Anyway any advice appreciated.
I am a member of a letterpress listserv and saw this message from Mark Phillips at Studio 935 today. Though you'd like to see how he seems to view the people here at APUG.
Well this list is so diverse I thought I'd pose a question. I have a number of Copy camera lenses that I am trying to sell. I have posted a list up on a large format photography list but no one will give me a price but they are making offers for several of the items. Ever feel like a fat man at a cannibal convention? Does anyone here know about lenses and could help me determine a value? I feel like I'm a little too ignorant about cameras to get a good price.
The reason I said that is no one is giving me any answers still. I think Joe is the only one who has responded without wanting to pick out the good stuff first. I meant no disrespect to this or anyother list but when someone asks for help and just gets offers you have to wonder if you're being taken for a fool. Hense the fat man remark.
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BTW I'll speak for myself I don't need anyone doing it for me. I've been to about twelve different sites over the past week and haven't been able to get a clue about value. I've contacted Cooke with no reply, several antique camera sites and several lists. I even had one guy try to give me a hundred dollars for the lot of them. So when I say that I feel like a fat man at a cannible convention well I do. But not due to any one list or person but the whole situation.
"Fat Man at a Cannibal Convention"
You've got us pegged about right
Best thing to do is put the stuff on Ebay a piece or two at a time and you'll know in 7 days what it was worth. The LF market is so volatile these days there's no telling what stuff is worth from one week to the next. I'll venture some educated guesses on some of your items:
Wollensak 8 1/4" 209mm f/4.5 Raptar Copy lenses. I have 30-40 of these $45-$55 each........but this many will saturate the market of folks who might be interested. Dagor 77's been selling these for a while.
Wollensak BETAX #5 Shutter - shutter works fine but the aperture has two pieces kinked and off track Parts shutter $30
19 inch f:10 ILEX Process Paragon No. 100. I have 2 or 3 of these $55-$75
10 1/2" F:10 ILEX Graphic Paragon P5446 $30
20 in EF Zeiss Anastigmat Series IIA
Bausch & Lome Optical Co. Rochester, NY
C.P. Goertz AM. OPT CO. Apochromat Artar 30 in F:12.5 No. 759551Uncoated $175?
Doppel Anastigmat F11 DRP No.74437
C.P. Goertz Berlin
Serie IV No. 9 F600 m/m
No. 30001 Don't really know. Few benchmarks.
Carl Zeiss Jena Nr. 625133 Apochromat Planar f:9 f-59cm
XII with Douthitt Diaphram-Control Series 5Z4 No clue? Could be kind of valuable.
E-221 Fugi Photo Optical 273233 From a Xerox machine and worth $5 or less.
Goertz Apochromat Artar 16 1/2" F:9.5 No 794925Coated Artar in a good useable length. Assuming nice shape. $225
C.P Goertz Berlin New York
US. Pat No. 528155 Series IV No.8 Foc. 19in Don't really know
Goetz Gotar F:8 Focus 19in No.393866 $60?
Goertz Apochromat Artar F:15 Focus 35in No. 752667 $375?
8 x 10 inches
May 26, 1895 Sep 22 1896
Series III 5x7 inches Eqfocus 8.5 inches
Taylor Taylor & Hobson LTD
New York, Leicester & London
Good condition normal wear on outside. Lenses clear no scratches. Aperture though
has extremely tight movement No clue
13 inch series V
Cooke Process Lens
8 x 10 inches
Taylor Taylor & Hobson LTD
Leicester, London & New York
Hand scribed on the side is Jahn & Ollier
Good condition normal wear on outside. Threads on back are kinked and rolled over
in a few spots. Lenses clear no scratches. Aperture has smooth movement No clue
16 inch series V Cooke Process Lens
Taylor Taylor & Hobson LTD
Leicester & London
Good condition normal wear on outside. Lenses clear no scratches. Aperture has smooth movement. I have one complete one and a second missing the back No clue
18 inch series V Cooke Process Lens Leicester & London No. 104837
Good condition normal wear on outside. Lenses clear no scratches. Aperture has smooth movement. I have 3 of these complete and one missing the front. No clue
The Following are the lenses I currently have listed on Ebay.We'll know in a few hours.
Rodenstock Klimsch Apo-Ronar 1:9 f 600mm A Lens 3271887
Royal Symmetrical Lens 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 REGNO Mounting collar and filter threads seem to be fine. Back lens on the film side has some fine snowflaking along the very edge but the center remains clear.
Goerz Gotar F8 Focus 14in No 394754 attached to 5 7/8" square mounting board. Filter threads are clean and clear.
Wollwnsak Velostigmat Series 1 F6.8 11x14 No8923, Pat. Feb 6 1900 & Pat. July 23 1901 This lense has a Mounting collar which turns easily but the filter threads are kinked
16x20 Zeiss Anastigmat Bausch & Lome Optical Co.
KODAK PROCESS EKTAR LENS 12 inch F:10 APOCHROMATIC ET105Interesting lens but little or no value to the large format community although I'll vouch that the one I have has made at least one killer negative of up close details. These have a strawy color to the coatings that looks like it probably uses thorium or other rare earth glass.
Can the lenses be adapted or just to be used on vintage bellows cameras?
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Thanks That gives me a ballpark so I can make some deals and know what type of trades I can make. I just don't like operating in the dark when the stuff isn't mine. For the Cookes I guess I'll hold off and wait for them to get back to me. I was getting a little pugnacious there. I haven't had a darkroom since I built one in my old studio in NC. and that was in '92. Having to learn about the old types of lenses, figuring out what they go to and trying to rate them is a little daunting all at once. Again Thanks.
The Goerz doppel anastigmats are older Dagors & could also be pretty pricey. If you put them on ebay make sure "Dagor" appears in the description
But check to make sure they are Dagors, since dialytes are also double anastigmats and Goerz made them too. A quick test is to count reflections on the glasses. Four strong reflections in front of the diaphragm, four behind = dialyte. Two strong, one weak on each side = Dagor.
Originally Posted by Shaggy