Help Please! 14" Goerz Apochromat Artar will not focus

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  1. mkillmer

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    Help!
    I bought a 14" Goerz Apochromat Artar off eBay,
    Glass is clear, but it will not focus!
    It looks like it is starting to focus on infinity at about 5", but my 8x10 will not go any smaller.
    My guess is the glass was cleaned and assembled incorrectly - but I have tried variations and still no luck.
    Any ideas?
    Does anyone have a picture of the lens formula so that I can check to see if I am missing an element?
     
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    What's it look like when you extend to 14" (or more)?

    5" is way too short to render anything remotely close to being in focus.
     
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    Nothing at all abut blur at 14", extending out - still blurry - only less blurry when close in...
     
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    Does that lens cover 8x10 anyway? I'd send it back.
     
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    Excellent link - thanks!
    According to documentation, the lens should be:
    Convex - concave - shutter - Concave Convex

    () )( S )( ()

    Instead the lens came

    Convex - Shutter - Concave - Convex - Concave

    () S )( () )(

    easy to change as it screws apart.

    Lens now focuses!! :laugh::laugh:

    Thanks again!!
     
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    Send it back. It doesn't cover 8x10 sharply, and you don't know what else is screwed up - my guess is plenty.
     
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    Seems your guess was incorrect...
     
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    Per Goerz, the 14 inch Artar covers 14 x 17 at 1:1, i.e., 7 x 8.5 at infinity. 7 x 8.5 seems smaller than 8 x 10.

    Its hard to imagine how the lens was screwed together as the OP reported. Its unusual for individual elements' mounts to be threaded so that assembly as described by the OP reported is possible. I believe him, am puzzled.

    The lens isn't fit for its intended purpose and its condition is unknown and suspect until proven otherwise. 16.5"/9.5 Artars aren't rare and will do what the OP needs. They can even be put in shutter..
     
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    I'd have sent it back. Somebody's been fooling with it, Might be full of fake glass. Who knows what?
     
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    It was my first time to see such a modular lens...
    The inner lenses are mounted in threaded lens holders. All of the lens groups seem to have matching threads, even the back lens, so I could rebuild the lens like this:
    () )( )( S ()
    or this
    () S () )( )(
    or this
    () S )( )( ()
    etc...

    I think the seller was genuine, maybe made a mistake while cleaning.
    For me here in Australia, cost of shipping makes returning a very expensive option, so I'll be keeping the lens.
    If I was in the USA I probably would not.
    It seems to cover 8x10 - I'll post a sample this weekend for anyone interested.
    Thanks for your comments everyone.
     
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    On my screen it looks very soft. Could be the scan, could be my screen.

    And there's no detail discernable in the corners so assessing coverage is impossible.

    And it is a closeup shot so even if there were detail in the corners assessing coverage at infinity is impossible.
     
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    The Goerz 14" Apo Artar must be very different from the lens I have which is a Goerz 14" Apochromatic Red Dot Artar. I use mine more than any other on my 8x10 and it has lots of coverage and is very sharp. I do mostly still life but I have taken it out and used it at infinite a few times.
    Dennis
     
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    Hi dpurdy,
    I'm interested to hear your comments... I haven't used the lens much -the picture above is the first time I really used it, so I don't want to draw conclusions about image quality yet.
    I thought the red dot variations were coated, non red dot are non coated.
    The lily picture is shot as a paper negative... Does it seem soft compared to your expectations?
    Thanks,
    Mark
     
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    seems soft.
     
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    Another non-test.

    Shoot a brick wall, and make sure that the film plane is parallel to the wall. That way you'll have detail in the corners. No detail in the corners, no information about coverage.

    And to my eyes y'r non-test is soft all over. The lower right corner is especially soft. How's your eyesight?
     
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    A brick wall is a good suggestion, Dan.
    Unfortunately the shutter on the goerz is not 100%.. No B or T mode. I'll have to work out a good way to find a wall the shoot it. Since I'm shooting paper at iso3, long exposures are difficult until I get the shutter fixed.
     
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    According to Goerz' specifications, the shortest Artar which covers 8x10 sharply at infinity is the 16 1/2".
     
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    The Red Dot series is coated. This is the only difference.
    Don't confuse "illuminate" with "cover sharply to the corners".:wink:
     
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    Those inner biconcave elements have different radius curves on each side. How do you know they're in the right way?
    There should be pencil markings on the edges of each element, put on at the Goerz factory to show the proper orientation of the elements. Are they still there? Did you follow them (if you can decipher them) when you reassembled the lens?
     
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    Great question - I did not realise they were different. The inner lens do not have any pencil marks, so I will label them myself and take 2 photos to compare. Should these be at infinity or is closer up ok? Infinity photos are problematic at the moment, so I would prefer a stobe illuminated target.
     
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    An Artar should be an extremely sharp lens. It is my understanding that those factory mounted in shutter are corrected for more distant subjects than those mounted in barrel which are corrected for 1:1. If I'm not mistaken the difference is the distance between cells.
     
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    I see no reason to send the lens back and I doubt anything is massively wrong with it. You've got what, 4 major lens groups to worry about with only 2-3 real ways to screw it up? Seems like you could just exchange elements around until you have "sharp enough" images. Although not razor, the lily looked fine.