I bought it, Its Huge but is it any good?
Dear Large Format Gurus,
I purchased a marvelous looking lens. Marvelous to my neophyte eyes, that is but I defer to y'all. Please see link and let me know if I bought a lemon would ya?
I'm sure the lens experts wil chime in soon, but in my opinion, if it covers 8x10 and the shutter works, for $45 it's a great lens...
You have an 8x10 or LF to try it on?
Matt's Photo Site
"I invent nothing, I rediscover". Auguste Rodin
Hard to say, but if it's a decent copy of the Goerz double anastigmat, you may have found a good bargain. In any case, you didn't pay too much for it, so if the shutter works, and it's an interesting lens, you haven't lost anything.
It looks like it has US stops, rather than the more common f:stops that we use today. If you search for "u.s. stops" here, I think someone's posted a conversion chart.
Not yet but I have my eye on one.
Originally Posted by blaze-on
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
The shutter works and the glass looks pretty good. So I am very optimistic. Now I just need to find a great deal on a beginner 8x10 camera.
More ebay in my future I think.
Thanks for the info.
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Let's see-get the lens, now you have an excuse to buy the camera?
Wait, that was me!
A working lens for that price can't be bad. US (Universal System) stops double in value numerically for each smaller stop:
US4 = f8, US8 = f11, US16 = f16, US32 = f22, US64 = f32, US128 = f45, US256 = f64
Last edited by David H. Bebbington; 09-07-2005 at 08:09 AM. Click to view previous post history.
All big old lenses are usable. Some are only usable as doorstops or letterpresses, but they are all usable.
That's what I tell myself after discovering the 500mm f:5.5 Schneider Aerotar is too big to fit on the 12x16" camera...
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
I have a suggesstion:
Take some photos with it and tell us whether or not it is a lemon. There are at least 2 issues.
How good the lens was when released into commerce
How good it is now that it is at least a teenager
Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)
Have you thought of posting a WTB (Want To Buy) here on AUPG? I did when looking for a beginner 8x10 and not only did I get a wonderful camera at a fair price, but with it came years of experience from the APUG community and a seller who sticks around after the sale to consult if needed. And if it matters to you, it mattered to me, the seller can give 3% to AUPG instead of infated fees to e-pay!
Originally Posted by Nikki
oh, you can also ask advice about purchases such as your lens before you buy.
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