Goerz Weitwinkel Lynkeioskop - more info?

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  1. polszki

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    Hi All,

    I just got a new treasure: Goerz Weitwinkel Lynkeioskop Series F No4, serial 97578.
    Actually it's in really good shape, the glass looks almost perfect.

    Anyone got more info on that? Focal length? How much it covers? When it's made? How much it can worth?


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    thanks
     
  2. johnielvis

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    It's been described before as a "rare bird" and it has been stated that if the glass was messed with scratches and separation that up you wouldn't notice a difference.
     
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    hey johnielvis, what do you exactly mean by "if the glass was messed with scratches and separation that up you wouldn't notice a difference" ?
     
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    I got another source of information:

    FL: 60-240mm
    f: 15
    angle: 105°
    designed by: F. Weigert
    offered: 1890
     
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    Whups--there is a small typo in there. Corrected is below:

    It's been described before as a "rare bird" and it has been stated that if the glass was messed UP with scratches and separation that you won't notice a difference.

    Also, there is some more info on this lens:

    This lens "squeaks" around 11x14 and also buzzes wide open.
     
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    Whitey, you linked to the serial list for Goerz American lenses. This one was made in Berlin, Germany.

    It's a wide-angle rectlinear, and a pretty good one. Not knowing the focal length, I can't say what it covers.
     
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    Per P-H Pont's Goerz chronology, 97578 was made no later than 1900, perhaps in 1899.
     
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    It's serie F, No. 4.
     
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    thanks pierre! Based on this info the lens will cover an A3 sheet, that is around 20 inch. Sounds huge to me.
     
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    Yes, I assumed that the parent company's serial numbers would be continued at the US spin-off–especially since the list started at 70001. Clearly this is not the case. The relationship between German manufacturing plants and their US expansion plants (pre-WWI) was complex and different in each case. Ah well, it was a very quick search. I'm glad better information was available.
     
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    just for the future generation, pictures of an other weitwinkel. Poor guy is in really bad shape.

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    rodweit2.jpg
     
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    Thank you for being so helpful. (sarcasm smiley)

    Would you care to translate the above? Or is it just meaningless babble?
     
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    Somewhere, I have a link to what seems to be a reliable list of the German numbers; I'll post it as soon as I find it.
    Edit:
    CPG Berlin:
    up to 5,000 -- up to 1891
    30,000 -- 1896
    100,000 -- 1900
    200,000 -- 1908
    300,000 -- 1915
    400,000 -- 1920
    500,000 -- 1922
    600,000 -- 1923
    750,000 -- 1926
     
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    I've seen worse looking lenses clean up to be just fine. The Aplanat is similar to the Rapid Rectilinear, both can be surprisingly good.

    Any idea what focal length the Goerz is?
     
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    awwwww geeeze...now this guy has started with the internet stalking again...

    get a life, dude
     
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    How to Figure Friggin Focal Length and f Stop Thingies