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    Busch Pressman 4x5 recessed lens board? Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 80/2.8?

    Hi. Is there a recessed lens board ever made for the busch pressman 4x5? I just recently (literally recently, about 3 hours ago) got a Zeiss Jena Tessar 80 f/2.8 and it was recessed really back in, making it impossible to use movements at all.

    Also, does anyone know anything about this lens? I did a google search and it seems like everything that showed up are related to 35mm lenses, nothing related to 4x5..

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    1. the throat of a Pressman D is so small that if you did find or make a recessed lens board to fit the camera a 00 shutter might just fit on it but there would be no room to operate the controls.

    What shutter is the lens in?
    What is the lens serial number?

    Scrolling through A Lens Collectors Vade Mecum the f2.7 Tessar came into existence in 1920's with the 8cm for use on 6cm cameras. By 1933 it had been improved to a 50° angle of view and f2.8 but was not as sharp as the f3.5 Tessar.
    Sometime in the 1940's a new type of glass was used improving its performance to equal that of the f3.5.
    The 80mm (8cm) f2.8 was used on Super Ikonta, Praktisix SLR, Rollei, and Hasselblad cameras. Post war versions are suppose to be good performers.
    It covers 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 (6cm x 6cm) format.
    Jena is the factory in Germany where the lens was made.

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    The Tessar won't cover 4x5 film. Wide angle lenses with adequate coverage do encounter problems when using movements on press cameras.

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    It actually covers 4x5.. But you guys are right. It's so recessed into the body that there's no movements at all. So what was this lens designed for? It is a LF lens but I know of no LF camera that shoots 6x6 unless it's for one of those mini press cameras using roll film back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterfinger View Post
    1. the throat of a Pressman D is so small that if you did find or make a recessed lens board to fit the camera a 00 shutter might just fit on it but there would be no room to operate the controls.

    What shutter is the lens in?
    What is the lens serial number?

    Scrolling through A Lens Collectors Vade Mecum the f2.7 Tessar came into existence in 1920's with the 8cm for use on 6cm cameras. By 1933 it had been improved to a 50° angle of view and f2.8 but was not as sharp as the f3.5 Tessar.
    Sometime in the 1940's a new type of glass was used improving its performance to equal that of the f3.5.
    The 80mm (8cm) f2.8 was used on Super Ikonta, Praktisix SLR, Rollei, and Hasselblad cameras. Post war versions are suppose to be good performers.
    It covers 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 (6cm x 6cm) format.
    Jena is the factory in Germany where the lens was made.


    All the info you need is right here


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    The lens was made between 1958 and 1961, most likely 1958 or 1959.
    The lens could have easily been removed from a 6x6 folder such as a Super Ikonta IV , http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Zeiss_Ikon_Ikonta, made from 1956-1960.

    A lens has a circle of illumination and an image circle of acceptably sharp image. What do the corners look like with the lens wide open and at f5.6 using a loupe on the ground glass?



 

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