Anyone know anything about this Italian(?) lens on Ebay?

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Lachlan Young, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Lachlan Young

    Lachlan Young Member

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    Does anyone know anything about THIS lens on Ebay. Who made it, when was it made and is it any good? Is it worth £10?

    All help much appreciated,

    Lachlan
     
  2. medform-norm

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    Lachlan,
    I checked the LVM and the net and then again the LVM and came up with this. The Officine Galileo was indeed an Italian lens maker and made lenses for other companies. (I won't bore you with details). The LVM tells of one 210/4.5 lens and lists is as an Aerostigmat for an OMI (Roma) aircraft. Presumably, Kodak also made an aerostigmat in this size and specs before the war for OMI - so perhaps you're looking at a similar lens, meaning a tessar type construction. Galileo aerostigmats now and then turn up on Italian eBay and seem to fetch prices in the range of $$ (not $$$). So, grab it while you can for a mere ten quid, you won't be sorry and if you don't like the lassie, you can sell her again and even make some profit, provided the lens is as clean as the seller claims. Supposedly, it's not for portraits.
     
  3. Dan Fromm

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    Sort of second Norm's report and suggestion. If you're not into reselling, though, since you have a Speed and will be using lenses in barrel you might want to consider a 210/4.5 Industar-51 or a 210/9 (not sure on the max aperture) Apo-Gerogon or a nominal 210/9 (often sold as 213 mm) Staeble/Eskofot/Repromaster/Helioprint. In some of its incarnations, this last lens is engraved Ultragon too. Its another lens for a vertical copy camera, made by Staeble, a Munich lens-maker owned by Agfa since the late '60s. NOT made by Rodenstock or Schneider as some ignorant/unscrupulous eBay sellers claim.