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    Cheap Lenses! Post your pics done with some real mud suckers here:

    In answer to the Pinkham & Smith thread I thought it might be fun to talk about the other end of the spectrum. Really REALLY inexpensive lenses that have a grand look. So yesterday I made a couple of photos with a real sleeper. Yep, I made them just because I wanted to see what the lens could do. Guess what, they are gorgeous and I plan to do a LOT of other stuff with this particular lens. What is it you ask? Later. Let me preface that if I put it on Ebay I wouldn't get $55 bucks for it.


    white coffee cup



    I just love the soft peaches and cream look. I only made 2 images and both are keepers. I used the Venerable Kodak 2D and Freestyle APHS Ortho film



    elevation wheel



    Both of these are just rough and reddy scans. I did print both of these today just for a first look on 11X14 Kodak matt RC paper that is probably 25 years old. Beautiful prints and very easy, no messing around.



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    Re: Cheap Lenses! Post your pics done with some real mud suckers here:

    Jim,
    I am interested in the lens as I have several wich probably would not bring $5 on the web auction. I am also interested in your development of APHS.

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Re: Cheap Lenses! Post your pics done with some real mud suckers here:

    15cm f.6.8 Zeiss Doppel-Amatar - €25.-



    On the other hand I paid €30.- for my 355mm f:9 G-claron - together with a 210 and a 150mm.

    The majority of my lenses have cost me less than $100, so most of my pictures fall in this category.

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    Re: Cheap Lenses! Post your pics done with some real mud suckers here:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    Jim,
    I am interested in the lens as I have several wich probably would not bring $5 on the web auction. I am also interested in your development of APHS.

    Thanks,
    Jim
    A page with my formula for APHS is embedded in this web page.

    BTW the second picture on that page is done on 8X10 with a $56 210mm Goerz Dagor. I think that qualifies as a mud sucker.
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    Re: Cheap Lenses! Post your pics done with some real mud suckers here:

    Um, Jim, you overpaid. Not too long ago I got a 210/6.8 Boyer Beryl and the Gestetner copier it lived in for Euro 12 plus postage. The seller took mercy on me, sent only the lens. It is in barrel, the cells go straight into a #1. Coated, too.

    So what, you ask? The Beryl is another 6/2 anastigmat and very very similar to the Dagor. That's what. If I ever get out your way I'll probably drag it with me and try to lend it to you. All in the interests of science.

    Cheers,

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Um, Jim, you overpaid. Cheers,

    Dan
    I know i know......these damn Goerz have such name recognition driving the price up over 50 bucks. Nice old thing though. Beryl huh? Is there a category below mud sucker?
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    Re: Cheap Lenses! Post your pics done with some real mud suckers here:

    "Is there a category below mud sucker?"

    Yes, but in the interest of good taste (perhaps that should be bad taste if you get my drift) we won't talk about it here.
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    Jim,
    It just goes to show that a 'real' photographer can make beautiful images with lenses that are considered dogs !

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    Um, Jim, the word you're looking for is undervalued.

    And then there are, um, anomalies in the marketplace.

    One of the better examples of an anomaly I can think of is the 100/6.3 Luminar that I bought for $25 at a camera show. Yes, at a camera show infested by dealers, some of whom should have snatched it. Thing is, Luminars had been in production for years before Zeiss started engraving the name on them and it seems that not many people know that (or knew when I bought mine).

    Another is the 135/5.6 convertible Symmar in barrel that I bought via eBay for $32 delivered. The seller offered it as an enlarging lens. I guess none of the other people who stumbled across it realized that Schneider uses different names for taking and enlarging lenses.

    Ron, do you think that Dagors are dogs? Would you refuse one?

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    Dan,
    I agree with your 'undervalued' comment. My point is that almost any lens in the hands of someone who's skilled in the art of making photographs can result in a beautiful image.

    I love the look of old lenses, it gives their resultant images a 'glow' or a pleasing character. I just wish that I had half of Jim's skill in finding this beauties !!

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