Start your own movie company with this massive cinema lens collection for $1,000,000

Jul 27, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Start your own movie company with this massive cinema lens collection for $1,000,000

Jul 27, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If Canon’s display of gear didn’t impress you the other day, this one might. A listening has shown up on eBay offering “1000’s” of cinema lenses for a cool $1,000,000.

The listing, by Calkovsky Cinema Worldwide, contains well known names such as Canon, Zeiss, Schneider and Cooke.  The description lists all of the lenses as tested and in “great working order”.

Also included are “100’s” of adapters and dozens of antique wooden tripods. The photographs in the listing really don’t show off just how much gear there is, which is a shame.

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Of course, it’s not like I’m a position to be able to click “Buy It Now” anyway, but it would satisfy curiosity. You’d would expect a company that sells expensive imaging related equipment to be able to shoot a decent photo, though. Still, it’s an impressive amount of kit.

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You’ll also need to pay $1,000 in shipping (or $3,000 for those outside the USA). If you’re spending a million bucks on glass, though, I don’t think that would be much of a problem.

It’s interesting to think what kind of person or company would buy this. I would imagine many production or movie companies wouldn’t bother. Many will already have most of what they need, or they have a shopping list of very specific equipment. So, they probably wouldn’t make a purchase like this just to see what they might get.

I also doubt many small independent filmmakers would have this kind of cash laying around to drop on glass. Nor would they really even have a use for this many lenses, either.

I expect it’ll be snapped up by somebody who wants to open up their own business selling equipment. It certainly would be a nice pile of stock to get such a business going.

Any of you lottery winning photographers out there thinking about picking this up? Let us know what you think in the comments.

[via Popular Photography]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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