Taylor Hobson Cooke 'Knuckler' 390mm F5.6
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 an adjustment scale from '0' as in absolute sharp, to
setting '5' which is the most soft focus possible. Taylor Hobson was
known for its absolute 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
With its 393mm (or 15 1/2") it will cover 8x10
easily and even give you more then enaugh room for movements on that
format. I would recommend this lens even up to 12x15 portraits.
The F5.6 will give you a nice shallow DOF for any portraiture work.
A truly amazing and rare lens.
Condition: The condition of the lens is really superb! The original golden laquere shows only minimal wear. The lens comes with a working iris aperture which moves smoothly from F5.6 - F22. The most important part here is the glass, which comes in a very good and clear condition. There are very minimal cleaning streaks here and there, as usuall, but besides that there is no haze, no fungus or any damage to the lenses.
The lens comes with its a fitting flange and the original leather lenscap.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 40 eur
Worldwide - 100 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.