Hazy Heliar for a Hundred (24cm) (good for Bronica classics and other adaptations)

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  1. David A. Goldfarb

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    I think this lens was originally adapted for Exacta, but I took apart the helical, which didn't work so well anyway, and discovered that the focusing tube slipped perfectly into a long Bronica S2/S2a/EC/EC-TL extension tube (which screws into the Bronica helical or bellows), so I gaffered it in place and taped over any open screw holes and used it as a portrait lens for a number of years. I don't have the original mounting flange or helical.

    Now I tend to do these kinds of portraits in large format, so I don't really need this one anymore.

    The lens is hazy, and though Heliars are theoretically easy to clean, this mount seems pretty much stuck, so if you're good with solvents and lubricants and whatever is needed to dismantle the mount, you can clean it and maybe put it into a shutter for large format. Otherwise, consider it a portrait lens and the haze isn't too harmful.

    This photo was made with this lens, somewhere in the neighborhood of f:16, mounted on my Bronica S2a--

    http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo/imng2003.htm

    Since this is something of a project lens, despite the legendary allure of the Heliar, I'm happy to let this one go for a modest $100, shipped in the US, +$10 for Canada and Mexico, +$25 elsewhere. PayPal, checks, money orders in US dollars all good.
     

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    A wonderful portrait, David, very beautiful.
     
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    Thanks, John.
     
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    I just took a closer look at this lens, which I haven't tried to take apart for several years, and here's a little more info.

    The optical surfaces are clean except for the rear surface of the rear element, which is hard to reach, because it is all the way inside the focusing tube. I've tried cleaning it with a long swab, but that never seems quite adequate, at least not for cleaning around the edges. The glass has tiny bubbles, which are typical of high quality optical glass of this era.

    The rear focusing tube seems to be screwed into the rear threads of the lens and held with a set screw, but if you remove the set screw, it doesn't budge, at least not with any method I'm able to apply. You could use the tube to attach the lens to a small or medium format camera with a helical or bellows, as I've done with my Bronica, or you could remove the tube--cutting it off if necessary--and you'll have a shutterless lens for large format that should cover around 5x7".
     
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    SOLD!