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    4X5 Soft Focus in Shutters! 2 Achromatic Meniscus lenses! Lancaster 150mm NoName 130

    The question keeps coming up? At least I get them constantly in my mail box. What have you got that is Soft Focus, for a 4X5 camera, and is in a shutter?


    First is an antique Lancaster Achromatic Meniscus Landscape lens 150mm. Except you'll find that when you remove it from it's constraining mount so that you get the full f5 you end up with a lens that rival's the Kodak Portrait lenses, except it's half the size and 1/3rd the cost.


    The tricky part is machining an adapter to mount it into the #3 Acme shutter. Done! This will include a usable aperture scale inscribed by hand with an awl. Nothing fancy, but very usable. This lens has a superb sharp core surrounded by halation glow wide open, and sharpens up as it's stopped down. $285


    Next is a no-name Achromatic Meniscus from a large ancient folding camera. It is 130mm f5.4. Not quite as fast as the Lancaster but it has the identical same fine soft glow around a sharp core. Superb.


    Not as pretty, I suppose, and it doesn't come with it's sexy original barrel like the Lancaster, but it is imminently usable on your 4X5. The Betax is running perfectly! It will also have an aperture scale inscribed with an awl, by me. $239

    The Ilex 3 shutter does not have a flange. Common size, but it ain't there. The Betax does have a locknut.

    I'll be gone for the next 5 - 6 hours, and I have these mounted temp for the Chamonix, so I hope to find some suitable subjects and make some images to show off this evening later.

    Note: Engaging questions with no strong statement that you want it and will take it, will not hold these. First guy who says' "I'll take it" usually gets it.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    [SIZE=4][COLOR="#FF0000"]Lancaster Is Sold! Thanks!![/COLOR][/SIZE]

    I did finally find my 3010 tank and get some film developed last evening though. I'd forgotten what film was in the holders so development unfortunately slightly hot, but not bad. Film was the old Kodak Commercial. Not sure it is fully panchromatic. Very slow, rather like Panatomic that doesn't see red.


    5 mile ranchwide open

    Since the Lancaster is sold, I'll concentrate on showing images done with the 130mm lens.


    5 mile ranchf8f8

    The lens is a pleasure to use. Betax is finnicky about which cable release you use. Nature of the beasty. Sort of like putting up with a Model T. You could take the Mazda, but it ain't the same.


    ancient trees

    I never ran out of image illumination. I had between 1 1/2 - 2" rise most of the time, especially on the ancient trees. You can see illumination is there, but resolution gradually declines to almost nothing out in the far reaches.


    old hiway station, 5 mile

    Somebody jump on this 130mm lens. It's an awful lot of fun, and 11X14's on a 16X20 sheet with a clean white rebate would make an entire room buzz.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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