Originally Posted by Ian Grant
I am hoping has prices are good too!
5/11/34 is probably November 5, 1934.
E. von Hoegh mentions using a lens hood, and I'll second that. Looked at my chromes and negs taken with that camera and yes, sharp - the lens is sharp. But I had excessive flare. Again, my specific camera had cleaning marks (imagine cleaning a lens with steel wool - I recall it was worst cleaning marks ever)...
It's very well engineered though, for example the focusing is done by four geared helical pillars. So if you get it cleaned - it should last forever.
No you won't.
Originally Posted by Carl170
But I can tell you from personal experience that the camera is an excellent perormer if the lens is clean and clear. Any haze allowed to remain in the lens will pretty much ruin the contrast though, hood or no.