Apo-Germinar F9/600mm

Discussion in 'Ultra Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Logan Group, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Logan Group

    Logan Group Member

    Messages:
    41
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2006
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    I recently purchased this lens as a leap of faith. I eventually want to set up an 8x20 system and was hoping this lens would cover the format, maybe even with a few movements. As I said it was a leap of faith in that I purchased the lens without knowing exactly what its capabilities are, but it was so inexpensive and already mounted in a board that I went for it. The aperture is smooth all the way down to f/128, the optics seem in good order (is this a multi coated or single coated lens?) except for a little dust between the elements.

    I understand that the true way to see what I’ve got is to shoot with it but I am going overseas for a year and won’t have time to play with this lens on any format before I go. Any practical experience would be appreciated.
     
  2. TracyStorer

    TracyStorer Member

    Messages:
    111
    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2004
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Shooter:
    ULarge Format
    I'm not sure it quite covers 20"x24", but it should cover 8"x20" just fine....hopefully Sandy or Kerry will know more about this guy for you.
     
  3. richard ide

    richard ide Member

    Messages:
    1,227
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2005
    Location:
    Wellington C
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I don't know the exact coverage at infinity as so far I have only used mine on a camera enlarger. Image quality is superb.
     
  4. ReallyBigCameras

    ReallyBigCameras Advertiser Advertiser

    Messages:
    523
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Logan,

    You can find a lot of info on this lens in this thread.

    See posts #29, #32, #33, #34 and #35 for info on the coverage. The 600mm should cover 8x20 wide open with a bit to spare, and have an image circle in excess of 600mm stopped down. Should work nicely on your 8x20 (if the front standard an handle the > 4lb. weight).

    The lens is single coated. Is yours a Zeiss or a Docter Optics? They are the same optically and mechanically. The only difference is the Docter lenses are newer.

    Kerry
     
  5. Logan Group

    Logan Group Member

    Messages:
    41
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2006
    Shooter:
    4x5 Format
    Kerry,

    Thanks so much for the quick response; you are confirming for me that this was a great purchase. As to if this is a Zeiss or Docter Optic the lens states aus JENA DDR on the front which I assume means Docter Optic.

    Thanks to everyone who responded, this is a truly great forum.
     
  6. naturephoto1

    naturephoto1 Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,819
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2006
    Location:
    Breinigsvill
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    No that means Zeiss Jena, DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik- East Germany). It would say Docter if it were.

    Rich