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Details about  Excellent COOKE Speed Panchro 35mm f/2 lens!

Excellent COOKE Speed Panchro 35mm f/2 lens! See original listing
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Sep 18, 2012 19:50:38 PDT
Winning bid:
US $611.00
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Item location:
San Francisco, California, United States

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eBay item number:
261098133195
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Item specifics

Focal Length:

35mm

Maximum Aperture:

f/2

Brand:

Cooke

Country of Manufacture:

United Kingdom


THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE BIDDING FOR: From my personal collection, here's an outstanding vintage Speed Panchro 35mm f/2 lens, made by Cooke of England, an optical design most famous for its original application in 16mm and 35mm movie cameras, but in various configurations also seen easily adapted for 35mm still cameras and more. It's a typical worn example, but with nice clean optics, no significant internal mold or mist, and no obvious external scratches or wipe marks. The iris works perfectly, and the diaphragm blades appear spotless. The most interesting thing about this lens is its history. It was part of the famous Carl Zeiss lens collection in Jena, Germany, that was acquired by the US Signal Corp right after World War II, quickly moved to the USA for research and to serve as the foundation for further optical advances, and later foolishly disseminated in a huge catalog sale by Burke & James in the 1960's-1970's when the military no longer saw any need to maintain it. If you know the story already, then you know how tragic it is. We had the "rosetta stone" of the evolution of optical technology for the first 40 years of the 20th century securely preserved here, yet the people in charge lost track of it over time and permission was unwittingly given to sell it off! The collection is now scattered all over the world, well over 2000 historically significant prototype and production lenses, but I have the single largest segment known to exist, possibly as many as 140, including dozens of Zeiss and Goerz Versuch lenses, and in the coming months I may be offering a number of these pieces in the open market. Keep your eyes and ears open and you'll hear more about this later, as I also intend to reconstruct the entire index of the Carl Zeiss lens collection while I continue to assemble previously lost documents. It's an adventure! Meanwhile, this particular lens was accessioned into that master collection by Carl Zeiss many decades ago for their own research and testing. There you go! Not only a chance to acquire a desirable and valuable classic antique lens, but to also acquire a rare little bit of photographic history! Hey, it doesn't get any better than that!!






WHEN THE AUCTION ENDS: I'll send the winning bidder an invoice through eBay's e-mail notification system as soon as my auctions conclude. The buyer must prepay in US dollars by Paypal or some other more traditional method, and include $7.05 for USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. For international buyers, please use eBay's shipping calculator to determine the cost of USPS Priority Mail to your location. I always bundle multiple winnings to reduce postage, and I always offer alternative cheaper First Class Mail when possible, but USPS Priority Mail is mandatory for international shipments on items over $100 total value or weighing over four pounds. This item is guaranteed to be as described, and if you're not satisfied you may return it for a full refund, no explanation necessary, in compliance with eBay's guidelines, within fourteen (14) days after you receive it. Thanks for looking, and remember, antique wood and brass cameras rock!

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