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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    It sounds to me like someone is buying themselves a new Cooke lens this holiday season!
    Um, no comment.

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    thanks Ari, very welcome as always
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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    Just to add a post script to this wonderful thread, I bought the lens.

    Having never bought anything new, ever, this was quite daunting. Luckily, I bought it from Clive Russ, who is a seller of the first order, and a gentleman's gentleman.
    He is also a master photographer of the old school, and all in all, a wonderful person to deal with.

    Clive expertly mounted the lens, with spacer, onto a Technika board for me, in a brand new Copal 3 shutter.
    A nice surprise is that the lens (not the shutter) comes with a one-year warranty.

    The lens is quite stunning in appearance, and doubly so in performance; I am extremely pleased, and excited to make more images with it.
    The detail, workmanship and machining on this lens is exceptional and first-rate, as befits both the Cooke name and the Cooke price tag.

    The one downside is I can no longer blame my equipment for shoddy photos or my inattention to detail.

    Thanks to all who participated in this thread, I hope it helped in some way.

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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    Congratulations. What number did you get?

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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by karl french View Post
    Congratulations. What number did you get?
    Thanks, Karl; I got 186.

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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    195 here. They must just be getting past 200 with the last shipment of lenses.

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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    Nice; there is uncertainty about another production run, so you may be right about these being among the last made.

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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    Oh, I think they'll keep making them as long as the pre-orders keep coming in. But if not, I'm glad I got in while I had the chance.

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    Re: Cooke Series XVa Convertible - Opinions and Experiences?

    Congratulations, Ari!

    Now if I win the lottery I don't have to buy you one.

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