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    Am I a dolt?

    ....for passing up a $125 Dallmeyer 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 brass petzval lens? It was in excellent shape, dont think it had a lensboard or mount.

    I think it only covers 4x5 I'd have to bring my 5x7 and mount it
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit, under the knife for a bit
    4x5 Graphic View / Schneider 180 / Ektar 127
    RB67 Pro S / 50 4.5 / 90 3.8 / 180 4.5 / WLF / prism finder / polaback
    Random 35mm stuff

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    You can always resell it if you dont like it. As for what you think of yourself, no comment.
    Rick A
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    you took the chance to keep your life a bit simpler than it could be;nothing wrong with that. we all got too much stuff complicating things more than need be. good choice on passingand ad mirable self control.
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    Lenses engraved "8 1/2 x 6 1/2" will cover that format, which is larger than 5x7.

    Are you a dolt? You might be, in which case welcome to the club. But be passing on what might have been a good buy is not particularly doltish behavior. If you know your Uncle Remus, remember the tarbaby.

    Are you a dolt? You might not be, you could be averse to risk or, like me, completely unaware of such lenses' market value. I second Ralph's comment.

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    If you really needed that lens you might have passed up a good opportunity.

    But so what? It doesn't really matter. There will always be more lenses.

    My own philosophy is that I can only use one at a time, and probably only really need one lens. Maybe two. More than that is simply indulgence. Never lose sight of your goal and what it is you want to achieve with your pictures. If you always keep that in mind, it's amazing how much better decision making becomes.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    hey JD
    no you aren't a dolt i don't think,
    just someone with common sense that sometimes
    we all lack.

    john

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    You passed on a purchase that you were unsure of. That's not being a dolt. That's just using good judgement.

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    Im only unsure of it because the word Dallmeyer screams ridiculously expensive and I thought about flipping it for some decent profit to put toward a Schneider 300 or maybe a Super-Angulon
    5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit, under the knife for a bit
    4x5 Graphic View / Schneider 180 / Ektar 127
    RB67 Pro S / 50 4.5 / 90 3.8 / 180 4.5 / WLF / prism finder / polaback
    Random 35mm stuff

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    No no no, by NOT buying it you have already made a profit of $125; you need now only not buy a few more lenses and you will have more than enough for your Schneider or S-A



 

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