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    Lenses in my find of the day

    Hello everyone,

    I met a friend of mine this morning because he said he had some darkroom equipment that he wanted to get rid of. There were many items in boxes including:

    Kodak Photo Paper (old and likely not usable)
    Large Kodak 8x10 grey cards
    several tanks for 4x5 sheet film development
    plastic and stainless tanks and reels
    many enlarger bulbs
    safelights
    a print drying machine
    various negative carriers
    three enlarging lenses

    I snapped some pictures with my phone in hopes that this wonderful community might be able to help me identify some items.

    I already enlarging lenses for 35mm, medium format, and 4x5. I already have a 35mm negative carrier.

    The Nikkor 50mm 2.8 enlarging lens:Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	68393 This is definitely of solid metal construction and is better in quality than the one I currently own (I think).

    The 80mm lens for medium format: Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	68394 This one feels light in my hands and I already have an EL-Nikkor 80mm, so I may decide to sell this.

    The 138mm lens for large format: Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	68395 I know very little about this except that there seem to be 15 or more aperture blades. Any info would be appreciated.

    Also, there was some Kodak Pan-X Professional in 120 rolls that expired in 1982. I'm not holding my breath on this one, but when I get a camera that will take it, I'll let you know;-)

    Thanks to all for any info you might be able to offer about the identity or value of these items!

    - rwreich

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    oh, I forgot to mention that I am having trouble identifying what format these negative carriers will service. Any ideas?

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    I'm also pretty sure that this is a 4x5 negative carrier, but I think it's missing a piece of glass since there is a gap between the two contacts:Click image for larger version. 

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    That first unknown carrier looks like 6x7, second one with the black ring looks like 127 format square (think Baby Rollei or Yashica 44).

    That Wollensak Raptar has the W in a circle, means it is coated.


    Before you toss the old Kodak paper, try using it as a negative in a pinhole or something, the age fog might help reduce inherent contrast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixcinater View Post
    ... second one with the black ring looks like 127 format square (think Baby Rollei or Yashica 44).
    ... AKA superslide.

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    Thanks for the information. I haven't even gone through the paper yet to see what is available. I know that there are several different times, or at least different kinds of boxes. Most of them are Kodak 8 x 10 in what looks to be fixed grade 2.

    I will post more when I can sift through this stuff.

    What about the value of the lenses?

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    The 80/4 Rodagon is an -awesome- lens. Hold onto it. I used one for a while at my university before I got a 80/4 Schneider Componon-S and a Nikon 105/5.6 for my darkroom at home.
    See my work at my website CHRISTOPHER LANGE PHOTOGRAPHY

    or my snaps at my blog MINIMUM DENSITY
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    If you don't have it, then you don't have it.

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    Those lenses are definitely worth keeping.
    K.S. Klain

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    The paper can be used for lumen prints, too.

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    Nice gear! Tell us about the paper. Lotta tat old Kodak paper with a little BZT and potassium bromide brings it back to life
    Andy

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    The second carrier looks like a mounted slide carrier, the third a 4x5 probably a glassless type.
    You can test the paper by developing and fixing a piece and only fixing another then compare the two.
    I just picked up some ancient Agfa Brovira and it tested just fine.

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