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Possibly the rarest and most desirable glass on Ebay


BrooklynDan

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I don't really understand how this could possibly be, since Panavision doesn't sell their glass, and patents prevent it from being in private hands, but nonetheless, here it is:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Panavision-Auto-Panatar-x2-Anamorphic-Prime-Lens-Set-40mm-50mm-75mm-BNCR-/321707812572?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ae747a6dc

A three-lens lens set of original pre-C-series Auto Panatars. And it can be yours for only $33,000! Whoever picks these up is gonna be the coolest kid on the block!

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I don't really understand how this could possibly be, since Panavision doesn't sell their glass, and patents prevent it from being in private hands, but nonetheless, here it is:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Panavision-Auto-Panatar-x2-Anamorphic-Prime-Lens-Set-40mm-50mm-75mm-BNCR-/321707812572?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ae747a6dc

A three-lens lens set of original pre-C-series Auto Panatars. And it can be yours for only $33,000! Whoever picks these up is gonna be the coolest kid on the block!

​Patents pertaining to these lenses would have expired when Richard Nixon was still in office, and are now in the public domain.  The Auto-Panatars date back to 1958, but Panavision switched from selling stuff to its current rental model back in the mid-1960's.  That means that there should be quite a few of these in private non-Panavision hands.

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​Patents pertaining to these lenses would have expired when Richard Nixon was still in office, and are now in the public domain.  The Auto-Panatars date back to 1958, but Panavision switched from selling stuff to its current rental model back in the mid-1960's.  That means that there should be quite a few of these in private non-Panavision hands.

​Fair enough. To be straight up, this isn't the first time I've seen PV glass for sale. Their lens division does a lot of custom work for people. Once in a while, you can find a PV-converted telephoto lens, or rehoused prime lens set for sale. They've re-barreled a lot of glass over the years.

The Panaflex, on the other hand, I just can't figure out. I'm 100% sure that Panaflexes were never sold. And from what I've seen, old and damaged Panaflexes are destined for the grinder. How do a couple just slip out? A rift in the time-space continuum?

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