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    I am amazed at the prices of vintage lenses these days. So I have to ask ..

    Are the people buying these lenses users or collectors?
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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    Well.. hoarders call it "collecting", impulsive spenders call it "using".

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    Well the problem is the digital fraternity have discovered them as well so that fuels prices further.

    Surprisingly they are about at reasonable prices usually with a camera.

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    I think there are a lot of hybrid collector/users out there. I generally think of myself as a user because I use my lenses and I'm not so concerned about museum-grade condition, but I've got more lenses than I use on a regular basis. The same is probably true of a lot of people buying vintage lenses. Shooting wet plate has been my downfall, since I don't like the look of modern lenses with the process. Factor in the lenses needed to shoot different size plates and things start to multiply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
    I am amazed at the prices of vintage lenses these days. So I have to ask ..

    Are the people buying these lenses users or collectors?
    Yes and no.

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    i hope the prices keep going up ...

    pretty soon i am going to sell off everything i have
    along with a few hundred sheets of azo .
    its better than the lottary or the stark market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
    I am amazed at the prices of vintage lenses these days. So I have to ask ..

    Are the people buying these lenses users or collectors?
    Yes.

    I blame the collectors for driving up the prices to where I have to use my collection to earn money for more lenses...
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    Yep. Users selling of their "hmmm-i'll-get-me-another-nicer-one"-superfluous lenses for high prices to fund that "another-nicer-one", plus some more.

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    Darin, define your terms. I ask because I have no clue what you mean by vintage lens. Name names.

    My best guess is ancient non-anastigmats. This may be too broad 'cos there doesn't seem to be much demand for rapid rectilinears/aplanats. Among early anastigmats, only Planars seem to command silly money.

    Name names. There are certainly cult lenses but I have no idea what the cultists do with them. Pray to them, perhaps, burn incense in front of them, incorporate them in shrines to their household spirits, ...

    I have and have sold a couple of cult lenses, but they're all post-WW-II. Postings on the Hong Kong Old Lens Club site ( http://translate.google.com/translat...6prmd%3Divnsfd ) give the impression that those characters use their cult lenses.

    John, if you want to take advantage of Petzval mania, sell soon. There's no telling how long it will last.

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    I guess I should have qualified my question a little better.

    I am mainly looking at the +- 1900's vintage brass large format lenses.
    I think a Dallmeyer 3b just sold for $1600 on ebay.

    Perhaps that was a rare lens but petzvals and similar lenses seem to gain a premium.
    I know that swirly bokeh type prints are increasing in popularity but at the prices these go for I cant help but think that people are snatching them up for collections.

    I mean if you buy a soft focus lens to use, how many do you need? Theres only so many uses for these.
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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