Quote Originally Posted by roodpe View Post
That 4A on the 'bay did look unused, but I wondered why it had the focal length and maximum aperture inscribed on the barrel (under the Serial No.). Maybe Dallmeyer did that on some lenses and not others? Could it have possibly have been re-painted? Either way I am sure it is a great lens.
I'm going to postulate an educated guess here as I've seen a bunch of these just lately, a couple of different collections breaking up perhaps. I think Burke and James in the late 1960's had a passion for these classic lenses and refinished a bunch of them in black with new white lettering. I now have 3 of them like that, all have the Burke and James sticker, all coated by B&J. It would be nice if Lynn Jones would stop by and tell us if he remembers them doing that.