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  1. #1
    Two23's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    South Dakota
    4x5 Format

    When to Sell Historic Lenses?

    Today I bought a fairly expensive Derogy Petzval on ebay. It went higher than I thought it would. SO, I need to sell a few other pre-Civil War Petzvals that I'm not using, so my wife won't holler. At least, not as much. I don't really need cash RIGHT NOW, and can wait some months to sell. I generally try to buy camera gear in late January or February as prices are at a low ebb. However, that's with "regular" stuff, not the vintage/historic stuff. Is there a "best month" to sell this kind of stuff? I have three Petzvals including a 6 inch Derogy, 4 inch Grubb, and 165mm Voigtlander (serial dates to 1865.) I've been shooting them on a 4x5 Chamonix.

    Second question is about flanges. The Derogy has its original flange, but the Grubb and Voigtlander don't have one. Would I be better off getting flanges from SK Grimes, or is not having one a major negative?

    Kent in SD

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    Barry S's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    DC Metro
    Large Format
    For rare stuff, I don't know that timing is as important, but early spring is when most photographers are getting their kits in order--and wallets open a bit more. For wet platers getting cameras built now for the spring, winter is a good time to buy a lens, but your Petzvals may be a little short to catch that crowd. I guess I'd just list them and see what happens. The Grimes flanges won't bring any more money beyond the cost of the flange, so I wouldn't bother. Lots of us have a board with an iris clamp for small stuff like yours and small lenses are easy to jury rig anyway. Good luck with your sales.



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