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    70 inch C. P. Goerz Apochromat ARTAR

    Hello,
    I considering parting with a large format lens that I have had for many years. Here is the basic information from the rim:
    C. P. Goerz A.M. Opt. Co. Apochromat ARTAR 70 in. F:16
    Physical dimensions: Approx 6” external diameter. Approx 9” length.
    The lens itself weighs just over 19lbs.

    It was used on a custom built, large format graphic arts camera and dates back to the late 40's or early 50's. It is still in very good condition and has a custom wood storage case. It has been locked away in a safe for about 20 years and I have decided that it's time to finally part with it.

    Anyone know of sources other than eBay that would be a good place to list such a lens? I know there has to be a very small market for something like this but also want to make sure it ends up somewhere that it can be used or maintained in a collection. If nothing else, it makes a wonderful conversation piece!

    I have posted a few photos of the lens.
    (The CD shown in the one photo is just for a size reference.)

    Thanks in advance!

    Eric
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    eBay. There are probably only a handful of people in the world that would want a 70" lens and eBay is the best way to find them. Run of the mill crazy people with normal 20 x 24 process cameras aren't likely to have enough bellows length for that lens, but hey--maybe someone is turning their house into a camera.

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    You can try listing it on the Large Format Photography Forum:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/

    Bear in mind that there's a 30-day waiting period there before new members are allowed to post in the classifieds.

    But yeah, even on the LF board, potential users of a 70" lens will be few and far between.

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    There was man in New Orleans who had a huge vacuum frame (15' + long) on rails in one room. The other room had a similar, smaller frame for E size sheets of film, also mounted on rails. The wall between these two rooms was his "lens board". No doubt he had a lens not unlike this one. I wonder what happened to that lens.
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    I built my 20x24 field camera to use this length lens, but I honestly can't imagine actually doing it.
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    You could put this lens on a 4x5 and do large format bird photography with it. That is a massive lens.

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    Dear kind sir,

    I wonder, please, can you tell me, this fit my Canon EOS DSLR? I am professional photograpzkxher I looking for lens I use for fine art lens for sport, portrait, landscape, candid, fasjzkxion, nude, auto, animal, leaf, and perszkxonal thing.

    Regards,

    Joe Smith
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    That lens would swallow a DSLR for breakfast.
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    Heavy lenses are a PITA. I have a 1200 mm Apo Tessar which I would love to use but at 23 lbs it needs it's own tripod. It was ok on my big enlarger but otherwise a paperweight.
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    Let us know when and where you post it, I'm intereted to see how much buzz it generates.

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