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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    The ones you can't afford.... :-(

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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    LOL I was just about to write that!


    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    The ones you can't afford.... :-(

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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    Super Wide
    Telephoto
    Soft Focus
    Compact
    Extra Long Non-Tele (ULF)

    Those are the ones I can think of off hand.
    Yes this is exactly what I was after.

    Also Kent in SD as well as MAubrey were hitting on.

    I'm DEFINITELY not trying to collect a bunch of different focal lengths.

    Your answers are interesting in that many of you approached this from a different angle. Of course my question was kind of open ended and ambiguous.

    Thanks all.
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Shopping for LF lenses are a little like being on a journey. A lens collection is similar to those stickers which those hotels that you stopped at on your way used to place on steamer trunks.
    Enjoy the ride!
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    "Fancy lenses" conjures up in my mind memories of lenses that I have come across but in the end couldn't afford to acquire them:
    Set of "mint" 150mm, 210mm, and 300mm Voigtlander-TECHNIKA-Apo Lanthars in shutters. Seller wouldn't split up the set.
    14" Goerz Blue Dot Trigor mounted in a Copal shutter. My bid was high, but was outbid seconds before the auction ended.
    800mm Zeiss Apo Planar from Lens & Repro. Stu? sold the lens days before I called him. Was advertised in VIEWCAMERA magazine. Ad in VIEWCAMERA listed no price just "CALL".
    200mm (or there about) Hypergon with the front spinner fan. Someone else offered a whole lot more than I did for that optic.

    Fancy lens that I did acquire:One high speed prototype Zeiss optic I did acquire in the early 1990s for pennies. Donated it to the Zeiss Historical Society.

    Fancy lens that I have always wanted:On page 127 of my 1962 B&J catalog (attached image). Can make out that it is a COOKE TELEPHOTO. Doesn't seem to have a focusing mechanism. Saw it 20 years later when I used a Hass on a regular basis.
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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    A more common expression easier to hang your hat on would be a "cult lens". This would imply a lens of yore with a high reputation, that somebody is now trying to sell for a ludicrously high price, even though it probably isn't as good as many later lenses so abundant that they sell for dramatically less on the used market. I do own and use some of these now-cult LF lenses; but I bought them at sane prices.

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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Gold Rim Dagors look and cost fancy.

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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Gold paint is cheap.

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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Agree with the 14" Blue Dot Trigor - had one of these for awhile...latest edition Kern version in #3 Copal - amazing! Tested by taping strips of 35mm Agfapan 25 to center and edges of 11x14 holder - negs appeared very similar to those of my Mandler edition (late 1970's) version 2 50mm Leica Summicron-M. Could not believe this! Flat field, great coverage...versatile enough for all formats through 11x14. Why...oh why - did I ever part with that lens?

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    Re: Which are the fancy lenses??

    Don't forget those wonderous Oscillo-Raptars & Oscillo-Paragons!

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