I was on a shoot @ GMT studios in culver city yesterday when a loud crash was heard outside. This woke me up so i wandered outside to investigate. Two men were carrying something large down the steps of the building next door into the back of a recycling truck. It looked like a giant hydraulic press or something but i also noticed a large bellows. I ran over and sure enough, they had some sort of copy enlarger thingy. The bellows were about 20x24" and a 210mm lens was attached along with a 150mm lens in a spare board mounted in a rack. I asked and they obliged. If my car was big enough i probably would have taken the whole thing.
Now i've got 2 "repromaster" f9 enlarging lenses.
About 20 minutes later more noise pissed the director off so i went to investigate. I didn't care about the noise but i did want to see what else they had. This time it was a larger orange thingy that said Agfa someting or other on it and had a load of buttons on the face and a huge lid that opened up top. It weighed a few hunded pounds and made quite a crash when it fell off the dolly. It was in mint condition and had a 305mm, 210mm, and a 150mm in pristine condition. I couldn't see a brand name. I worked as fast as i could to free them up without success for a couple minutes till the director called me back inside.
I'm not sure what you use such a machine for but it was a shame that they were going to melt it down. The 3 lenses were in line and all the aperture rings connected to one common lever that would stop them down simultaniously. There was a disc that rotated to cover up whichever lens wasn't in use. I coudn't get at the jam nuts to get them loose.
Does anyone know anything about these machines and the lenses i did get?