What do I have here?
I'm a 4x5 shooter. It's safe to say I know NOTHING about 5x7, but I did come upon a deal. Figured if the camera was junk the lenses might be of value to toss on my 4x5.
The Camera is a Speed Graphic 5x7, in good shape also has a flash that takes the bayonet style flash bulbs. Can't find too much info on the camera. The lenses are old, all barrel type except for the Schneider which is the only one that has a shutter and would work on my Monorail, the other 3 need to live on my Speed Graphic.
Here is everything...
Graflex 15" tele-Optar ƒ/5.6
Schneider Symmat 180mm ƒ/5.6
Kodak Aero Ektar 7" ƒ/2.5
Trunk full of flashbulbs (this is about half of them) Plus some chemicals for making developer, etc...
Not sown are some 5x7 film holders, a 5x7 contact printer that had no name plate and needs a bunch of work and rewring. a few 4x5 film holders and misc filters, hoods, and other weird things.
I paid $300 for everything, figured If I got a few good lenses out of the deal it would be worth it.
Anyway, can anyone tell me what I have here? Anything of value (shooting wise, not monetary value) Anything I should not even bother with? Any background on the lenses? The 3 barrel lenses I've never seen before.
Since the aero Ektar alone is worth more than $300, you got a deal.
5x7 film holders in any sort of shape still get some money, but photoguy is right about the Aero-Ektar-- I have been trying to get one off eBay for some time. SWEEEEET
Whats so good about the Aero Ektar? Seems people like it, but why?
A fad, like cilantro and now spinach in everything.
Originally Posted by Shootar401
Do some searching, it's a well regarded lens. (Aero ektar). Definitely scored on this haul, no doubt! 5x7 speeds are fairly uncommon I'd say, too.
Have a look at http://www.graflex.org/ for info on the camera.
The Aero ektar 7" is a very good lens but will only cover 4x5.
The Graflex 15" Tele-Optar ƒ/5.6 is also an extremely well lens but also will only cover 4x5.
I personally own a 15" Tele-Optar and use it often. (I would equate it to a 135mm lens on a 35mm camera as far a focal length goes).
The 5x7 Speed surprises me... I have never seen a 5x7? It must be pre-1930's
You got one heck of a good deal!!!
The Speed Graphic should have a serial number stamped on the inside of the top of the camera. It should be five or six digits. Some folks have a way of determining the year of manufacture based on the serial number.