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What to sell?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by apicius9, May 1, 2010.

  1. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    348
    Feb 1, 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    O.k., let's say that I may have gone overboard a little bit with buying non-native lenses for my GH1 :) I don't really consider myself a lens collector, but I just wanted to try things out, I like flexibility, and got a bit carried away. Now I find that I have hard time deciding what to let go again, even though there are clearly lots of redundancies - and simply also I cannot afford to keep all of them. I thought, maybe I could get a few suggestions on what you think should be keepers and sellers, even though I know there will be plenty of different opinions. Here is a list of what I currently have (there are a few more but those are already firmly in the 'for sale' box). I marked all the ones that I really want to keep because I either like their performance or have other reasons with an *** in front of them. So, what are your thoughts reg. selling or keeping?

    Adapted lenses:

    Kern Switar 10/1.6 (c-mount)
    Cine Nikkor 10/1.8 (c-mount)
    *** Computar 12.5/1.3 (c-mount)
    Canon 13/1.5 (c-mount)
    Kern Yvar 16/2.8 (c-mount)
    *** Angenieux 25/0.95 (c-mount)
    Zeika 25/0.95 (c-mount)
    *** Cooke 25/1.5(c-mount)
    Canon 25/1.4 (c-mount)
    *** Computar 25/1.3 (c-mount)
    Kern Switar AR 25/1.4
    Wollensak Anastigmat 25/1.5 (c-mount)
    (several other 25mm c-mount lenses)
    Schneider Xenon 35/2 (c-mount)
    Zeiss Flektogon 35/2.8 (M42)
    Contax G 35/2
    Kodak 40/1.6 (c-mount)
    Robot Schneider 40/1.9
    *** Contax G 45/2
    *** Summicron R 50/2
    *** Contax Planar C/Y 50/1.4
    Kern Switar 50/1.4RX (c-mount)
    Canon Serenar collapsible 50/1.9 (LTM)
    Zeiss Tessar 50/2.8 (M42)
    Helios 44M 58/2 (M42)
    *** Elmarit R Macro 60/2.8
    Kodak 63/2 (c-mount)
    *** Kern Macro Switar 75/1.9 (c-mount)
    Schneider Tele-Xenar 75/2.8 (c-mount)
    Robot Schneider Tele-Xenar 75/3.8
    Steinheil Cassar 75/2.8 (c-mount)
    *** Schneider 80/2.8 Macro with bellows (c-mount)
    *** Contax Planar C/Y 85/1.4
    Jupiter 85/2 (LTM)
    *** Contax G 90/2.8
    Schneider 100/2.8 (c-mount)
    *** Leitz Hektor 135/4.5 (LTM)
    Steinheil Culminar 135/4 (LTM)
    Contax Planar 135/4 (M42)
    Schneider 150/4 (c-mount)
    Taylor & Hobson 150/4 (c-mount)
    Kern Macro Yvar 150/3.3 (c-mount)
    Takumar 200/4 (M42)
    *** Leica Telyt R 250/4

    Native lenses:
    Panasonic 20/1.7
    Panasonic 14-140
    *** Panasonic 14-45
    *** Panasonic 45-200

    Planned purchase:
    Panasonic 100-300

    Thanks,

    Stefan
     
  2. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    655
    Mar 14, 2010
    Toronto
    Keep them all and start a museum. Seriously... you are well on the way.

    Bokeh D
     
  3. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

    798
    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    Lisa
    Wow! What a collection.
    Which one do you like the best? Do you have favs? Do any result in very unusual images? Do you dislike any?
     
  4. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    348
    Feb 1, 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Thanks! I have already sorted out the ones I didn't like, among the ones here are several I feel indifferent about, but when looking at each one individually, I always seem to find something that makes me think I should keep it :rolleyes: There are also a few where I think in a sale I would not get what they are worth to me, like the excellent longer Schneider or Taylor & Hobson c-mount lenses.

    The ones that stand out for me are the Angenieux because of it's low light performance, the Cooke because of the unique swirly bokeh, the Planar 50/1.4 because it just feels so perfect and is a beautiful portrait lens, and the Kern Switar 75/1.9 because I love the way it looks, its performance (sharpness and colors) and flexibility with the macro option. Oh, and the 85mm Planar is just a beautiful piece of glass also. The Leica Summicron, Elmarit & Hektor have an added sentimental value to me besides being great lenses.

    BTW, I made a mistake with the Panny lenses, I will keep the 20mm and the 14-140mm, thinking about selling the other 2 zooms.

    Stefan
     
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Stefan,
    I take meds for things just like this....
    you should keep them all and do a rental business.......

    shooter
     
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  6. arcueid

    arcueid Mu-43 Regular

    32
    Apr 16, 2010
    wow that's a awesome cache of C mount!

    Well, if you are planning to offload some of them, let me know :D
     
  7. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    348
    Feb 1, 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Don't worry, I'm a trained psychologist :smile: Just a small impulse control problem...

    Stefan
     
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  8. kahren

    kahren Mu-43 Regular

    145
    Mar 21, 2010
    sell everything, buy medication, maybe it will help? :)
     
  9. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    545
    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    WOW!:bravo-009:

    If you canĀ“t keep them all, sell the ones you know you never gonna use...

    But if you sell one you probably will buy it again later?

    Good luck!
     
  10. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    Keep them all and buy lots more! :biggrin: