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Any exact dates re. age of Rodenstock lenses? I know I had a list but I can`t find it! Thanks!
-- Armin Seeholzer (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 15, 2001
No, but you can call Bob Salomon and he can age it for you by serial number, then tell you you need a to buy a newer one.
-- Wayne (email@example.com), April 15, 2001.
I get a list from Paul Schilliger!
-- Armin Seeholzer (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 17, 2001.
would Paul like to share it?
-- Wayne (email@example.com), April 17, 2001.
Year of Production Serial No. up to 1910 50.000
-- Paul Schilliger (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 18, 2001.
Does anyone know when Rodenstock started multicoating their lenses?
-- Geoffrey Chen (DB45TEK@AOL.COM), April 18, 2001.
Thanks Paul! Now I wont have to (fill in the blank) next time I want to age a lens.
-- Wayne (email@example.com), April 18, 2001.
Paul's list, and a similar one on Schneider's website, are a salutary reminder of the drop in popularity of LF. From a peak production of nearly a million items a year to under 60,000 is a big drop, and presumably those serial numbers apply to all lenses made, including the new 'digital' lens range.
I wonder how many new LF lenses are sold per year worldwide?
The fact that Nikon haven't updated their LF catalogue in 10 years must be some kind of indicator of a sector in its death throes.
-- Pete Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 25, 2001.
Pete, interesting pointing this out. I wonder however how many of the lenses produced concerned the Graphic Art industry. This sector of production started decline when the industry got digital. Repro cameras have been replaced by scanners and film flashing devices got digital. The large format cameras extensively used as universal cameras in the first half of last century were also advantageously replaced by medium format for many uses.
-- Paul Schilliger (email@example.com), April 25, 2001.