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    Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    As part of my series on Soft Focus Lenses ( see www.antiquecameras.net ), I have been collecting completed sales data, mostly from ebay, for the classic Large Format Soft Focus Lenses.

    Data is here: http://www.antiquecameras.net/softfocuslenssales.html

    Thanks,
    Dan


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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    PM sent re buying
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    Thanks for this, Dan. Excellent resource.
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Interesting!
    There was a mint coated Universal Heliar (420mm) in this time period which was sold for $5.500.
    200483346454.
    Surprised there were no Port-lands.
    Do you want tips about others in this time frame?

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    There was a Universal Heliar 360mm f4.5 sold on this site the end of June....

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    If anyone has sales data they would like to forward, thats great. My searches on ebay dont catch every lens, so any I missed are appreciated. Please email data to dcolucci AT aol.com

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Just as useful as "condition" would be indication of BIN sales. As we all know, these are often above market forces price levels - and sometimes even below!

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    There are two other problems about non-e**y sales:

    European auction houses often sell groups of lenses as one lot - even when one of these should have had a separate listing as they represent more than 50% of the lot value.

    Items sold here usually end up with PM's and the agreed price is often not available - especialy with those that start under "wanted".

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Steven,

    Because condition can be highly subjective and especially because a seller can call a lens "mint" when it is clearly well used, I have only mentioned condition if the item looks extremely clean ("minty") or if it is in poor condition or broken. If the lens is listed with no comment on condition, its because the lens looked, to me, to be in good usable shape - anywhere from good to excellent condition.

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    Dan

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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    PS - two more pieces of data from Ebay yesterday:

    Verito 11 1/2" in Studio Shutter $ 598

    Velostigmat II 12" in barrel $ 248

    Dan

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