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    Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Hi all. I'm pretty new to Very large format, and have acquired a 20x20 inch camera that is begging for a nice lens. I was offered an E. Francais (lens diameter 16cm / flange dia 22cm / Hight 37cm / approx. f: 5.5 / weight 6,5 Kg )
    The focus nob is gone. Does anyone know this lens, and what would be the value of this thing.
    Thanks for your feedback and information !!!
    (Other fast lenses on offer are welcome.)

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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    The value is what you are willing to pay for it!

    Francais made many types of lenses.

    However this sounds like a giant petzval which will probably cover as you describe. A missing focus knob will have no real influence on value/use.

    A 20x20 camera sounds a bit odd!

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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    The value is what you are willing to pay for it!

    Francais made many types of lenses.

    However this sounds like a giant petzval which will probably cover as you describe. A missing focus knob will have no real influence on value/use.

    A 20x20 camera sounds a bit odd!
    Steven, thats not so odd. I have one myself...
    "You dont take a picture, it's given to you"

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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Is this a 40x50cm camera which has a GG of 50cm square which can take a 50cmx50cm plate or what?
    I thought 20x24" was "the thing" for extreme ULF.

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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Steven, its a custom made 20x20" wet plate camera. Love square format...
    Here you go :
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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Alex,
    I instantly thought of you when I saw the OP.
    I'm happy to hear there is another, and not just the same camera changing hands. My squares can't even compare. They're only 6cm.
    Chris

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    Alex Timmermans
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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Chris,

    Actually two of them were made last year.
    I must say, 20 x 20" is impressive but tonight i ordered a large print behind plexiglass for my next exhibition. Size 40 x 50"
    Printed from a scna of a aprox 8 x 10" plate. Can't wait to see the result....
    so 6 x 6" can give you an impressive enlargement also


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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Thanks for all your feedback. The seller (Alex) withdrew his offer to sell. So, disregard my post/question. Kind regards !

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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxepyan View Post
    Thanks for all your feedback. The seller (Alex) withdrew his offer to sell. So, disregard my post/question. Kind regards !
    That was fast.
    My YouTube Channel has many interesting videos on Soft Focus Lenses and Wood Cameras. Check it out.

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    Re: Value of a big E. Francais ?

    Oh, this is a very incestuous thread! Some private sphere things should remain undisclosed.
    Glad I didn't put a value on it.

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