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What to sell?

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

  1. apicius9

    apicius9 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    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


  2. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

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

    Bokeh D
  3. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    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

    Feb 1, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    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.

  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

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

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  6. arcueid

    arcueid Mu-43 Regular

    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

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

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  8. kahren

    kahren Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway

    If you can´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
    Keep them all and buy lots more! :biggrin:
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