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Details about  Vintage Telepanchro 152mm f/2.8 T3.2 lens by Taylor Hobson Cooke

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Vintage Telepanchro 152mm f/2.8 T3.2 lens by Taylor Hobson Cooke
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Brand: Taylor Hobson Cooke Dimensions: 152mm
To Fit Camera Type: Movie Camera Weight: 4.6 kilos in box
Bundled Items: Original Packing

This listing is for a vintage Taylor Hobson Cooke 152mm f/2.8 T3.2 Telepanchro lens.

More pictures are available on http://youtu.be/he9FWVP99Pc

The focus ring moves smoothly from Infinity to 8ft and there is good damping or stiffness, it is only slightly lighter turning it back to Infinity.   The aperture ring is OK in its movement from T3.2 to 32 or f2.8 to f32 if you prefer, but it could possibly do with a service to make it perfectly smooth.  It is perfectly usable though with solid end stops and no play in this ring at all (play being in the end-to-end direction of the body).  The aperture blades are free of oil and are almost spotless.  There are some cleaning scratches in the front optics but they are light and are unlikely to show up in picture results.  There is no haze, fogging or fungus and the blue coatings are good so this lens should give some nice warm images.  All threads are faultless.

The Lens has been fitted with the Arriflex mount.  Also included is one Eclair mount and one other mount that might be for the ARRI S mount or 'Snap On' but I'm not sure.  All the items in the pictures come in a purpose built flight case that is in good internal condition and well travelled but tidy external condition.  The internal lens clamps (when the lid is closed) have eased off a bit so to stop the lens from moving about it will be shipped with some soft paper wrapped around its waist.  The clamp faces (or lens contact surfaces) just need some soft rubber/foam/cushion material to take up the slack.  Externally the case is showing some age on the clasps and leather handle but it is all solid, completely intact and and fit for purpose!


HISTORY - This lens was purchased from the BBC's Natural History Film Unit based in Clifton Bristol by one of its Film Cameramen 1985.  It has remained in its case unused since then but it  will have been undoubtedly used in numerous BBC Natural History programs filmed in the 70s and 80s and there is a reasonable chance characters like Johnny Morris and David Attenborough will have been captured on film through lens.  Also it will have covered enough air miles for 10 lifetimes!  I can provide more on this if the buyer wishes to know, the cameraman was my Father!


I believe this movie lens can be mounted on many modern SLR and DSLR cameras where the correct adaptor is purchased.  Most of the pics were taken with a X10 lens so you can see the condition but obviously things look less so to the eye.


The 152mm Telepanchro is a superb professional movie lens and this one is in good used condition.  To be perfect it may need a service or indeed restoration to its body, that is for the buyer to decide but these don't come along very often and while this one's history may not add any great value it does make it quite unique!


Any questions just ask and thanks for looking!

Collection in person is fine and I'm happy to cover the cost of a 200 mile round trip drive from Bristol, so Birmingham or West London for example but payment must still be via PayPal in advance.

UK post is free in this listing and it will be with a service like Royal Mail Express48 (2 days) insured for the final sale value plus Signed For.

International buyers are welcome but please email me 24 hours before this listing ends so I have time to give you a good quote.  Please be aware that I will look to use a courier that provides insurance for the final sale value of this lens with a delivery signature.  Buyers should note that approximate prices are likely to range from £180.00 (Europe) through to £230.00 (Australia).  Boxed this item weighs over 5Kg.

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