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    Tele-Xenar 180mm f/5.5 (Linhof) & Optar 90mm f/6.8

    1. Schneider Tele-Xenar 180mm f/5.5, Linhof badged in a Synchro-Compur shutter.

    2. Graflex Optar (relabeled Wollensak Raptar) 90mm f/6.8 in a Graphex shutter. Has no flash snych. Has B and T settings. '2 is the slowest I speed.

    These two lenses make a good two-lens kit for those shooting 2x3 press cameras. The 90 covers 4x5 OK if shot straight on and stopped down, and will provide movements for the 2x3 format. it feels like a 35mm lens on small format when shooting 6x9. The 180 has "wonky" corners on 4x5 unless used for closeups, and cannot be moved much even on 2x3 format.

    Asking $300 for both, shipped via Priority Flat Rate to United States Addresses only. I would like to sell these to U.S. parties only, unless someone in another country reeeeeally wants these and will help to make it reaaaaally easy on me to get paid and get the item to you.

    Asking $250 O.B.O. or trade for the 180mm individually.

    Asking $100 O.B.O. or trade for the 90mm individually.

    1. The Schneider is in very good condition. Some black paint loss on the front barrel, and a minor nick here or there on the finish of the shutter. You'd say it was in excellent condition if you did not have your nose up to it. The glass is in great shape, but the lens needs to be dusted out, which is very easy to do on LF lenses. It includes a leather brand name rear cap, but no front cap or lens board. 1 second sounds slightly slow to me, but the shutter works at all speeds. (There is no T setting.)

    2. Optar's glass is very nice and all the speeds work. There is a small dust streak, in the crack where the front element meets the retaining ring, that I could not remove. It is all the way over to the side (flush with the retaining ring), so it should not cause any problems with the images. I am sure you can remove it with just a bit more effort than I put in (i.e. removing the front ring). No lens board or caps included.

    FWIW, the '2 second speed matches perfectly on both of these lenses. 1 second on the Schneider is a bit slow, as I mentioned, but not by a lot. Maybe 1/3 stop. And it has never hung up on me; it just runs slow.

    If you are interested, please send me a PM. If they are not moving on out of here in short order, I would be glad to take offers.
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    PM sent for the 90mm

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    Payment is pending for the 90mm Optar.

    180mm Schneider-Linhof Tele-Xenar f/5.5 is still available for $250 via postal money order, or trade. I am interested mostly in Mamiya and Nikon equipment, and some darkroom items, as well as film. It is a very good lens for those who shoot medium format film with press/technical cameras. It is sharp, and works great for head and shoulders portraits. I have also used it for closeups in studio on 4x5, and when I want some mild wonkiness in the corners on 4x5.
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    Optar is sold, for $80 shipped. I still have the 180mm Linhof-select Schneider. Thinking about just keeping it, but if you want it, go ahead and contact me.
    2F/2F

    "Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."

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