Thursday, August 19, 2010

Large Format Lenses Being Snatched Up

Lots of Symmars and Xenotars, Dagors and Ektars are out there - presumably for large format film photography. One might think that prices would drop, now that "film" users are on the decline. But are they?  Recently, a Schneider 150mm F2.8 Xenotar in a Copal 3 sold on ebay for over $30,000.  That's unusual of course, and many large format lenses, capable of covering 8X10 or more, are selling for more realistic figures.

But don't expect any real bargains soon. The prices seem to be holding on fine lenses. Shown here: A 240mm Symmar, in a Compur shutter, image shot with an old Polaroid Close-up attachment on a model 180 packfilm camera, with a +3 close up lens, on Fuji FP-3000 processed for about 25 seconds or maybe 2X as long as usual since it was warm. This is the scanned-in and inverted negative. Notice that there is a little "emulsion lift" on the right, caused by less than perfectly careful removal of the paper border just prior to scanning.  The top image is a linear presentation of the as-scanned negative, and the bottom is a long toe version but otherwise linear scale presentation. If you look at the right edge of the lens you can definitely see solarization, and there is also evidence of it in the deep shadows in the lower left.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was this info taken from from two different postings and somehow sandwhiched together?? I mean come on folks, lets go with the editing already...the second half has absolutely nothing to do with the first!

Bob Crowley said...

You might want to re-read the article, and look at the two images, and their content.

Anonymous said...

this blog is about photography, anon. Lenses and film, you know?

Anonymous said...

If you cannot get the connection, you might want to know that large format lenses are used with film. The author is asking that if film is going away, why are large format lenses being snatched up? Why are prices so high for something not needed anymore? The article shows a large format lens photography taken with film. A hand is snatching it up! This is a blog about instant film.