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    BJ Bignell's Avatar
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    Arco Colinar 135mm f/3.8 - Leica screw mount (M39)

    I'm cleaning out the basement and am getting rid of everything I no longer use!

    This 135mm Arco Colinar is in good condition and works very well. I disassembled and rebuilt this lens in 2005 and, despite the fact that it hasn't been used for many years, the focus action is smooth as butter. The f-stop adjustment is relatively smooth as well. This lens has been used on a Bessa R and performs well; focusing is RF-coupled. The barrel shows many marks and scuffs consistent with its age and use. Includes metal rear cap only.

    The glass is in good condition. There are some very small cleaning marks on the rear element and some scratches on the inside front element from when it was disassembled - please note that the scratches are visible but greatly exaggerated by the lighting - I want to make sure that there are no suprises. There is also some slight discolouration on one of the front elements; this is visible in the picture with the arrows as two spots with slightly different darkness. As far as I can remember, the lens has always been this way and it does not show up in the pictures.

    The front glass is dirty and needs a proper cleaning - I no longer have any lens cleaning supplies to do the job properly.

    I'm asking $50 for this lens, plus $20 for shipping within Canada and the USA. Local pickup in Montreal, Canada can be arranged.
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    I'm opening up the floor - Make me an offer!
    I'd love to see this wonderful lens go to a new home and get some use.

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    BUMP - I've cleaned the front element and it's lovely. Make me an offer!

    Please note that lens has been completely cleaned and rebuilt by yours truly - if you want all the gory details and sample pictures from before and after, please take a look here: http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...ead.php?t=5544

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    BJ helped me clean my copy of this lens. (Thanks BJ) It is a sleeper. Sharp or sharper than the Leitz 135/4 from the same vintage. For the price, you can't go wrong. Every rangefinder afficiando needs a 135, you'll use it eventually. Nice to get a known sharp-y for little investment.

    Good luck.

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    I've got a really sharp Nikkor LTM version of this lens otherwise I'd grab it. Good luck with the sale.
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