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Old lenses, post your samples

arri

Active member
Please don´t hesitate to post your own samples here, I know that a lot of photographers find it interesting to see picture taken with old lenses.

I prefer the uncoated ones, made earlier than 1945. Here it is possible to find lenses which are not only sharp, this ones have unique characteristics.
Now I start with a lens from the small swiss maker Emil Suter, located in Basel. Named "Stella" 160mm f/5
It is not an anastigmat but made in the 1920th. It is a kind of soft focus lens with a very interesting rendering. A late child of the pictoralism.

This sample is made with f/5. Ilford FP4+, Adox FX-39 II developer and negative scanned with the Epson V700



This sample is made with f/16. Ilford FP4+, Adox FX-39 II developer and negative scanned with the Epson V700

 
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arri

Active member
Here is a sample made with a rare Carl Zeiss Jena Biotessar 165mm f/2.8
This lenses were only delivered with cameras with focal plane shutter, so it comes only with aperture mounts.
I want my Biotessar in a shutter, and now it is finished.
A synchronised F.Deckel Compound IV shutter.
The lens:


And here´s the sample:
Fomapan 100 @ ISO 50, Adox FX-39 II, 7 + 2.5 minutes, sheet film 4x5 in., Sinar F1

 
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strymeow

New member
Here is a sample made with a rare Carl Zeiss Jena Biotessar 165mm f/2.8
This lenses were only delivered with cameras with focal plane shutter, so it comes only with aperture mounts.
I want my Biotessar in a shutter, and now it is finished.
A synchronised F.Deckel Compound IV shutter.
The lens:


And here´s the sample:
Fomapan 100 @ ISO 50, Adox FX-39 II, 7 + 2.5 minutes, sheet film 4x5 in., Sinar F1

I recently acquired a copy of this lens and am hoping to shutter-mount it as well. Were you able to simply screw the cells into the shutter, or did your setup require specialized mounting?
 

arri

Active member
I recently acquired a copy of this lens and am hoping to shutter-mount it as well. Were you able to simply screw the cells into the shutter, or did your setup require specialized mounting?
The threads of the Compound IV shutters can be a little bit different, the lens cells fitted into a post war C. IV without any problems but not in a postwar shutter I have had.
 

strymeow

New member
So it’s a roll of the dice then, eh? Wouldn’t be interesting otherwise, I suppose! Thanks for the info, and glad to see yours is working well in a shutter. Do share some more images when you can— the one you posted above does not show up for me.

I’m going to take my chances with a shutter I found listed and see what happens. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, here’s another wide open shot with mine on MG paper. These uncoated lenses are a bit prone to flare, it seems...

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strymeow

New member
It could also be that paper is more sensitive to blue and UV, making the the flare more pronounced. A UV filter might compensate for some of that.
I had wondered as much, and I hope to know for sure later this month when I get the equipment to develop sheet film and see how it interacts with the lens. Thanks for weighing in!
 
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