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    Antique 4X5 Achromatic Meniscus Lens in modern Copal Shutter!

    Here is a little Achromatic Meniscus doublet set in a Polaroid Copal 0 size shutter.


    This is the same formula as the oldest known lenses although this one is only about 90 years old. The Achromatic Meniscus was the basis for the oldest "landscape" type lenses. But typically they would be choked down to f12 for focus and f32 - f64 in practical sharp use.


    What few have known or cared less about (the Japanese excluded as far back as 1917) is that when you open them up, they are among the best of the soft focus lenses.


    Gundlach and Spencer Portland were among the best of these type lenses, and later Eastman Kodak in their Portrait series. You can control sharpness by simply stopping down until the image on the ground glass is what you seek.


    This is set in a Copal shutter. The focal length is 4 inch f5.5. The aperture is accurate and the shutter speeds are perfect. Makin' it easy for you to get creative! It illuminates 4X5. There are images made with THIS lens here. $155 + shipping
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    I wish I could afford one of these...

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    Wow, love the barrel distortion! I am interested, but will you ship to OZ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    Wow, love the barrel distortion! I am interested, but will you ship to OZ?
    Hi Tony. Yes, and it's not even too bad, because it goes in one of the little flat rate Intl. boxes for about $14 bucks.

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    I have purchased one of these from Jim and can confirm that they are, indeed, excellent lenses. At full aperture the image is soft without without being simply unsharp if you get my meaning. Stopped down they are sharp but, obviously, not as contrasty as modern glass but still no slouch. Jim is a first rate vendor.

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    16MAR11 Update

    I have one of these ready to ship! Lots of creative fun with the ease of a modern shutter!
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    15 July 2011 Update

    I have one of these ready to ship! Lots of creative fun with the ease of a modern shutter!
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Maybe I should start this over. Anyways, we'll see.

    11-09-2012 I have one ready!

    Holding the price steady at $155 even though gas, groceries, taxes and healthcare, have all tripled and my wages have NOT!

    $155 + $6.00 in USA and $14.00 most other lands shipping

    Hurry, these never seem to hang around long. Superb Soft Focus, for a pittance!
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    Maybe I should start this over. Anyways, we'll see.

    02-27-2014 I have one ready!

    Holding the price steady at $155 even though gas, groceries, taxes and healthcare, have all tripled and my wages have NOT!

    $155 + $6.00 in USA and $14.00 most other lands shipping

    Hurry, these never seem to hang around long. Superb Soft Focus, for a pittance!

    Ready to GO! 2-27-2014
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