To add to Len's comment, I've been watching sales of process lenses on eBay and there have been some real bargains lately.
But you have to be aware that process lenses usually cover somewhat -- sometimes a lot -- less than their focal lengths. To get an idea of coverage, visit http://www.schneiderkreuznach.com/archiv/archiv.htm for G-Clarons' coverage and http://www.galerie-photo.com/apo-pro...ikkors-en.html for Apo Nikkors' coverage. Dialyte type Apo Nikkors should have around the same coverage as equivalent Apo Artars and Apo Ronars.
You should also be aware that adapting a lens' cells to a standard shutter can be very expensive. Hanging a lens in front of a shutter can cost considerably less, at the cost (potentially) of inadequate coverage. Also large lenses (Compound #5, Ilex #5) are hard to find, not cheap, and have very limited top speeds (1/50 claimed, but they never actually go that fast).
I picked up a Fujinon-W 250mm f/6.7 lens in a Copal shutter off Ebay for less than $300.00 including the shipping. Since then I have seen several sell for around $300.00 plus shipping.
Quite a bargain for what you get, I think.
Originally Posted by Dan Fromm
Thanks for adding the point on the redeuced coverage relative to regular plasmat lenses, as I neglected to mention that.
While it is nice to have the lens elements mounted in dedicated shutters (and I have some in Compur / Copal 3's), there still remains Packard shutters (relatively crude, but low cost) Sinar shuttters (more elegant, but more expensive), the old photgrapher's top hat or lens cap (or some variation there of), and of course the Jim Gali patented shutter (do a search on this site for it).
For those shutters I do not have mounted in a shutter (i.e. barrel lenses), I have a shutter box with a Packard shutter mounted in it.
There are options...
Aleks, good luck in your efforts,