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Thread: Would you have bid for these lenses?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Would you have bid for these lenses?

    UK auctioneers are an interesting group and give almost as much entertainment as e**y.
    To-day's highlight was mystery box of small lenses (total weight 2.5 kilos) where you can only see the vague outlines of small barrel lenses and a dial compur. The lenses where enclosed in plastic bags, just hinting at the content's form and type. Rather like being an observer at a masked ball!
    Perhaps around 10? 2.5kilos devided by 10 gives around 250g, which is about right for smaller large format lenses.
    Could be anything from the well-known "no-names" or budget Lancaster to more exciting Ross items. I suppose these will be for 1/4 and 1/2 plate.
    I thought about having a questionnaire as a summer amusement - something like:

    What do you think this lot contains?

    0 Mostly none Photographic lenses.
    0 Mostly "no-name" lenses.
    0 Mostly part lenses, with some without glass.
    0 Mostly known lenses (Ross, Lancaster and Optimus).
    0 1/4 plate or less.
    0 1/2 plate.

    But I don't know how to arrange a questionnaire!

    Was I a fool to invest 30 in this lot? To be honest, I have been exceptional lucky recently, so perhaps my luck has finally changed?
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  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 2007

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    Only time will tell...!

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Aug 2000

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    There could be one lens in the group which is worth more than you paid for it. If you like to experiment with lenses, it could be a bonanza.
    Or Not!

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    At least one of the brassies looks perhaps to be a small petzval off a magic lantern? That would be a prize!
    It also looks like there is a second shutter down in there under the dial Compur.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jan 2001

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    I never buy anything unless I NEED it. (Or unless I THINK that I need it.)
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

  6. #6

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    Let me be the first to offer to buy it from you at your cost.

    (You are going to tell us what was in the box, aren't you?)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    I personally love mystery lots. I would have bid up to about $100, if shipping costs were reasonable (<$3o to Canada from UK). I wouldn't really care if there were a treasure hidden in the lot, I would have immediately fit the lot onto appropriate cameras and gone out shooting.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Tonopah, Nevada, USA

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    Irresistable! Yes, in a heartbeat
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

  9. #9
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    Dec 2011

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    Steven, you seem far from a fool ever, from your comments on this forum.

    I definitely would have done the same.

    I have bought blind lots of LF and just last night I was considering how lucky I have been, despite discovering fungus on a couple. I had to remind myself how well I have done and not worry about the occasional rotten apple.

    I really hate fungus.

    We all want to know what you acquired.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Stockton, California

    Re: Would you have bid for these lenses?

    I have bought more than once a lot of lenses because there was one in there I lusted for ;-) ... mystery box ... yes, by all means ;-)

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