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    wow - feeling stuipd....



    I watched this auction on ebay

    : http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=020

    the end price took me by surprise..

    allmost 1900$!!

    I have one of these lenses - I got it for approx 200$

    Any good reason for this high price?

    :rolleyes:
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    Galli could have coughed and someone may have thought it sounded something like that.

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    The downturn in the world's economy seems to have had no effect on the soaring prices of petzval lenses. I was thinking of bidding on that Dallmeyer 3B, but didn't want to pay the $900 or $1000 I thought it would sell for. The 3B is pretty rare as far as ebay goes, plus it was in good condition with a flange and waterhouse stop. As crazy as that sale was, there's still some justification based on the rarity of the lens. One auction that competely baffled me was this one-- http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=290274192559

    Yes, that's over $500 for a nameless magic lantern lens. Maybe it was the pretty photos and rambling, but uninformed text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    Any good reason for this high price?
    Stupidity, greed and vanity: the usual prime movers for most human behavior.

    It can't be hard to make a new one, the patent has certainly expired.

    http://www.google.com/patents?id=1oEAAAAAEBAJ&dq=65729

    Since the design is valued for it's aberations rather than their lack there is a great deal of design flexibility - making a lens out of surplus elements should yield something that gives the desired result.
    DARKROOM AUTOMATION
    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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    well - maybe I ought to sell mine...(a 4D - not a 3B so maybe a little less valuable... - however, I have a huge 3A also, with the most interesting looking glass... it's unique, so I won't sell or try to fix it.. see link )

    http://www.emilschildt.com/EGO-%20ob...r%20fungus.htm

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    I'm glad my Petzval Fever cleared up 20 years ago.

    I guess you never really are cured,
    but remission is good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    well - maybe I ought to sell mine...(a 4D - not a 3B so maybe a little less valuable... - however, I have a huge 3A also, with the most interesting looking glass... it's unique, so I won't sell or try to fix it.. see link )

    http://www.emilschildt.com/EGO-%20ob...r%20fungus.htm
    That's the most beautiful lens fungus I've ever seen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowzart View Post
    That's the most beautiful lens fungus I've ever seen!
    indeed. However, it is so prominent that I don't think images can be taken with it... or at least images where I actually can see the motive :rolleyes:

    Aah well. That's ok.

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    gandolfi, this picture of your lens with fungus was discussed quite extensively on a german forum a while ago.
    Quite a few people metioned that in their opinion this is separation and not fungus.

    But is looks interesting for sure.
    Regards,
    Andreas

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    Quote Originally Posted by ath View Post
    gandolfi, this picture of your lens with fungus was discussed quite extensively on a german forum a while ago.
    Quite a few people metioned that in their opinion this is separation and not fungus.

    But is looks interesting for sure.
    do you have a link to that discussion? could be fun to see...

    and yes, I now know, that it proberly isn't fungus, but as Ole stated in another thread :

    "That looks like cement failure to me, more than fungus. The cement has started to crystallise around small impurities in the cement, and from there separations have spread. The dendritic pattern is quite typical - but it takes a very thick cement layer to make this happen!"...

    the question is; IF I wanted to fix it; could it be done?

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