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    A little bit of luck and a good book gets me a Protar VII

    This is just a gloat, really...

    I noticed a lens in an ebay shop which shouldn't exist: A 285mm f:6.3 Zeiss Protar. The shutter looked too small for it to be a 285mm f:6.3, but too heavily repaired to identify (!). Pictures of the front showed "Protarlinse F=285mm" engraved on the bezel, pictures of the back showed no engraving at all.

    I got curious, and bought it.

    The engraving on the rear cell is around the edge, and says "Anastigmat 1/12,5 F=285mm", no serial number but the same patent number. Which makes it two cells of different age but same type.

    The only possible candidate is the "Serie VII" Doppel-Protar, two 285mm f:12.5 cells making a 160mm f:6.3 combined lens - and a far better lens than I thought I was buying (and the seller thought he was selling)!
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    Ole,

    Good to hear...

    Sometimes you do win a few!

    Cheers

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    Always nice when that happens.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    The good book you mention - I assume it's not the King James Bible you are referring to. Is it the old "Ernste Hilfsbuch..." again?

    It's always nice to do a little detective work and bag a bargain or two. Good on you!
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerevan View Post
    The good book you mention - I assume it's not the King James Bible you are referring to. Is it the old "Ernste Hilfsbuch..." again?
    Of course it's the "Photographisches Hilsbuch für ernste Arbeit" again. I forgot to mention it in the first post, but I'm glad to see that someone remembered!

    It's a really useful books when dealing with old German lenses, and far more reliable (when dealing wit hold German lenses) than the Vade Mecum. The VM is great for old British lenses, although the last one of those I bought was described wrong in the VM...
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    Couldn't have happened to a nicer person, Ole.
    Use it in health! and post some of yoru experiments with it.

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    Dammit Ole, you got just what you deserved. Justice, dear Lord, sweet justice.
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    Congrats to a deserving fellow. Enjoy.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Thanks, all!

    Oh - did I mention that the glass is pristine?
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    Well, some guys have all the luck, eh? Now, give us some photographs of it and with it!
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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