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Re: [woodandbrass] For sale: rare 1886 Benster diaphragm shutter and big brass B&L Special Rapid Portrait lens

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  • Maren /Fred Friedman
    Interesting camera. But it doesn t look British to me. French? No info on lenses given nor any info on dovetailing, etc. Fred
    Message 1 of 18 , Dec 5, 2012
      Interesting camera. But it doesn't look British to me. French? No info on lenses given nor any info on dovetailing, etc.
      Fred
      On Dec 5, 2012, at 9:57 AM, voncabbage@... wrote:

       

      does anybody know anything about this?


      http://www.ebay.com/itm/330835103475?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649


      -----Original Message-----
      From: ericevans2000 <ericevans2@...>
      To: woodandbrass <woodandbrass@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 6:45 am
      Subject: [woodandbrass] Re: For sale: rare 1886 Benster diaphragm shutter and big brass B&L Special Rapid Portrait lens

       
      Come on in. The first forty years are the worst. We are all still learning. Why not introduce yourself?
      Eric.

      --- In woodandbrass@yahoogroups.com, voncabbage@... wrote:
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      > sorry..........i'm new to this
      > i cannot tell the difference (yet)
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      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: F West <gryku@...>
      > To: woodandbrass <woodandbrass@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 2:46 pm
      > Subject: Re: [woodandbrass] For sale: rare 1886 Benster diaphragm shutter and big brass B&L Special Rapid Portrait lens
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      > Hello, I don't understand this "right back at you". I don't see any relevance. They are completely different items, a 19th century rarity in David's possession and some sort of regrettable cobbled together oddity on eBay from decades later. What do you mean? I'm puzzled. Good day, Frank West
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      > --- On Tue, 11/20/12, voncabbage@... <voncabbage@...> wrote:
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      > From: voncabbage@... <voncabbage@...>
      > Subject: Re: [woodandbrass] For sale: rare 1886 Benster diaphragm shutter and big brass B&L Special Rapid Portrait lens
      > To: woodandbrass@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6:26 PM
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      > right back at you
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      > http://www.ebay.com/itm/Darlot-Lens-With-Wollensak-Shutter-Very-Unusual-/321025067526?pt=US_Vintage_Cameras&hash=item4abe95ca06
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      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: David Silver <silver@...>
      > To: woodandbrass <woodandbrass@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:34 pm
      > Subject: [woodandbrass] For sale: rare 1886 Benster diaphragm shutter and big brass B&L Special Rapid Portrait lens
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      > Hello everybody,
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      > Here's an especially rare and historically significant piece for the wood
      > and brass fanciers. A Benster diaphragm shutter (US patent #339,731 from
      > April 13, 1886) installed in an impressive big brass Bausch & Lomb Special
      > Rapid Portrait Series C lens for 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch format, engraved for
      > sale through Ralph J. Golsen of Chicago. Seriously, rare as hen's teeth.
      > I think I've only seen three Benster shutters in my nearly 40 years of
      > collecting, and this one is exceptional. Take a look:
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      > http://www.photographyhistory.com/Benster1.jpg
      > http://www.photographyhistory.com/Benster2.jpg
      > http://www.photographyhistory.com/Benster3.jpg
      > http://www.photographyhistory.com/Benster4.jpg
      > http://www.photographyhistory.com/Benster5.jpg
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      > The shutter works smoothly (manually operating the piston...I haven't
      > attached a tube and bulb to it), it opens and closes exactly as it should,
      > and the iris blades are perfect. The lens is a beauty. Other than the
      > soft dent to the front hood, it's in excellent overall condition with
      > clean optics and clean glass surfaces, very attractive patina to the
      > brass, and it comes with the original mounting flange. Wow!
      >
      > I'm asking $1750, and I'll cover the cost of shipping to any location in
      > the world. Contact me directly at silver@... if you're interested.
      > If nobody responds in the next day or so, it's off to eBay, but I'd much
      > rather see a friend acquire this rarity. Fingers crossed...
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      > Best wishes,
      >
      > David Silver - President
      > International Photographic Historical Organization
      > E-mail: silver@... Telephone: (415) 681-4356
      > Web site: http://www.photographyhistory.com
      >



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