Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
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.
you must have missed the 3b and the 3d that went for over $3000!

look at it this way. if you wanted a new top of the line DLRS and a 400mmf4 or 600mm f4 lens you will be in for like $10,000 or so. AND you can buy as many as you want all day long......so a couple of grand for a "rare" (relative) lens is not so bad.

collectors by mint stuff for the most part. so the 3b that sold for 3000$ that did not even have the flange or waterhouse stops was probably NOT bought by a collector