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Taylor Hobson lenses info

Johnieappel

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Hi Folks,
I just acquired a 5" 127mm F2.8 lens and a 3" 75mm F2 lens, both Rank Taylor Hobson brand. I'm not new to photography but I'm not familiar with either of these lenses. They are in good shape except for slight fungus / mold on the glass.
What I'm wondering is the value of these lenses in their present condition. I'm looking to sell them & they appear to be quite valuable & old. Any info, opinions, suggestions on where to sell them would be appreciated.
Thank you!
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G'day John

I seem to recall RTH lenses were UK made between the wars and maybe for a while afterwards - maybe into the early 60s
Again from memory, they were aimed at professional studios using 4" x 5" plate cameras

They faded from the scene when german lenses became more widely available in the 50s and 60s and faded from the scene once Japanese lenses and smaller film format cameras took over

These days - sorry to say, I think they are little more than paperweights unless someone can come up with some sort of novelty use for them

Hope this helps
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These are cine camera lenses, probably from the late 50s or early 60s. Some vintage cine lenses from this period are very valuable, selling for tens of thousands but I'm not an expert.
I would contact an auction house specialising in photographica, such as Tamarkin Auctions in Chigago.

HTH

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Fungus will etch glass and ruin coatings. Depending on how extensive the infestation is fungus can ruin a lens making it worthless as a lens.

Your lenses appear to be television cine lenses.


 
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