From: David Tetzlaff (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Feb 01 2011 - 17:59:05 PST
Alain makes a good point that you'll use some focal lengths more than others, and if you're on a limited budget, you'll want to put more of that towards the more useful lenses. For a Bolex RX I would make my first priority a 10mm Switar. (Nobody else made 10mm in an RX version AFAIK, but the Switars are the best anyway IMHO.) Make sure it's an RX version, not a standard C-Mount version.
Andrew Alden is certainly a Bolex expert, and has a deserved reputation. But you'll get what you pay for from Andrew, and there's overseas shipping to consider to boot. I suggested eBay because Mason's specified budget puts him in the bargain-hunting category, and if you have patience and the right search strategy, you can find bargains there. For example, if you search for 'Switar' you'll find listings that have good descriptions, and are equally easy for other buyers to find, and thus will probably get bid up. But if you just search for 'Bolex' you'll find some listings where the seller hasn't even indicated what the lenses are. These will attract less attention. But again, there will probably be a picture, and you can ask the seller questions. You'll have to plow through lots of listings to find those sales, but if you can't afford $400 for a 10mm Switar from Andrew, and are looking for other options, I don't know a better route.
> When I was looking to buy C mount lenses for my old Bolex, they generally sold for $400-600 for a 10mm or 26mm and less for the 75mm. I don't think I ever used the 75mm I had, and used the 10mm the most.
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