fs: 300mm f9 APO Germinar, Docter Wetzlar Germany in Copal No. 1

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    Very small and light (255g) lens covers 4x5 and 5x7 formats. Glass in great shape, no flaws. Shutter works great, cla by flutot's. Includes step-up ring to 49mm and cap.

    The aperture scale is for 215mm lens and I just adjusted exposure by 1 stop. Skgrimes.com can engrave the correct scale on the shutter for $50 and I have adjusted the price to account for that.

    $450 plus postage. Paypal accepted.

    Jon

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    I also have a extended lens board that I used on Tachihara that provides about 29mm of extension. Available for an additional $50.

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    Price reduced to $399. Here is some more info on these fine lenses:
    http://www.hevanet.com/cperez/test/Germinar.html
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ter-optik.html

    also pasted cperez text below:

    300mm APO Germinar f/9
    The 300mm APO Germinar is very small and very light. It is lighter than a 300mm Nikkor. Mine is mounted in yet another round aperture Prontor #1 shutter. In use, this is one of my sharpest most contrasty lenses. Surprisingly it is only single coated.
    Kerry continues...


    * The APO Germinar is a 4/4 dialyte design similar to the classic Goerz Red Dot APO Artar and the Rodenstock APO Ronar. These lenses were originally designed for demanding reprographic work, but due to their small size and outstanding performance, they are also highly prized for general studio use and well as landscape photography in the field. The manufacturer's published coverage is a conservative 46 degrees. This yields an image circle of about 255mm for the 300mm focal length. As these lenses throw a much larger circle of illumination than their stated coverage, you will often encounter inflated coverage claims. To be conservative, I will state that the 300mm APO Germinar is an excellent, compact lens for general purpose 4x5 or 5x7 photography. I would definitely NOT recommend this lens for general purpose 8x10 use. As long as you don't try to push the coverage too much (again, not recommended for 8x10), the peformance of this lens is truly outstanding.

    How many of these in existance?
    Reliable sources tell me that perhaps less than 40 300mm APO Germinar f/9 lenses are in existance. Less than 90 240mm Germinar-W f/9 lenses may exist. Less than 60 150mm Germinar-W f/9 may have survived the Docter Optic buy-out. I don't know how many 210mm Tessar f/4.5 lenses exist. But if it's any indication, a 180mm f/4.5 mounted in Copal #3 shutter turned up on eBay recently. However this all shakes out, very very few of the marvelous lenses escaped into the wilds to be used as regular photographic optics. In a way, the small number of examples are a crime against humanity. Or at least against nutter photographers. Docter Optics appeared ready to deliver lenses to large format practioners in areas not already covered by the competition. It's sad that we will never know how well these fine lenses would have been received.
     
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