Taylor Hobson Cooke 'Knuckler' 270mm F3.5 !!
History: The Taylor Hobson Cooke Portrait lens is one of the
rarest and most sought after pieces of glass out there. This is the top
of the line Cooke triplet design portrait lens, which also features two
finger grip (also called 'knuckler'), for an easier adjustment of the
soft focus mechanism. The lens features a stepless adjustment from '0' as
in absolute sharp, to setting '5' which is the most soft focus
possible. Taylor Hobson was known for its stunning optical work and
built quality. This lens runs as smooth as butter still after even 80 or
more years, you can hear the air flow outside when you move the soft
focus adjustment forth and back.
BUT thats not all here. This is one of the very few super fast versions that come with a starting aperture of F3.5! They offer even a more defined DOF which gives you more room for selective portraiture work. I think it is safe to say that the Series II D as they are called, is the most sought after Taylor Hobson Cooke lens that is out there.
With its 270mm (or 10 1/2") the Series IID lens will cover 5x7 and even 8x10. The F3.5 will give you a nice shallow DOF for any portraiture work.
A truly amazing and rare lens.
Condition: The condition of the lens is very good. The golden patina shows only minimal wear, and the golden laquere is mostly intact. The lens comes with a working iris aperture which moves smoothly from F3.5 - F16. The most important part here is the glass, which comes in a good and clear condition.
The lens comes with its a fitting flange and a plastic lenscap.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 40 eur
Worldwide - 120 eur
*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)
Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.