PhotoBulley,

Schneider discontinued the G Claron lenses because they couldn't make enough money (or possibly couldn't make any money) on the lenses.

We as ULF shooters see the benefit to these lenses, but to a company like Schneider, they have to look at it as a financial decision, and that's it.

Here's what I think is going to happen to the opticas industry... {{[[ as he gazes into his crystal ball ]]}}

100 years ago, there were many, many optics companies around, as evidenced by the numerous lenses that you can buy that have names on them that almost nobody has heard of. Then, the industry matured, and the cream rose to the top, so to speak. Consolidation, banckruptsy, wars, etc. all factored in, and now there are almost none left, other than the big two (don't kid yourself, Nikkor hasn't made a LF lens in many, many years, and Fujinon hasn't designed one in years also, and there are rumors about them...).

Someone is going to get it into their head to start making 'old style' lenses again. It'll probably be a very small shop, and production will be in small numbers. These lenses would be everything that us ULF shooters will ever need, and probably even meet the requirements of smaller shooters like 4x5 and 5x7.

I'm not talking about brass lenses with script labels, I'm talking about lenses that are simple to design and manufacture, and meet the needs for only modest reproduction ratios or contact printing, which coincidentally is what was happpening 100 years ago, also.

I was hoping that Cooke was going to step up and do this, but I got enough attitude from them at Photo Expo (why should we stop a run of $40,000 cine lenses to make a sub-$1000 lens?) that I don't think it's going to be them. They must be too large of a company to do it. But I'll tell you, there is a market out there for a small company to do it.

BTW, if you need a 355 G Claron, I have one I am about to put on Ebay, since I don't have a 12x20 camera anymore.


---Michael