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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Wow. This sounds like super cool camera based on the description. I am wondering why there are not many more of them around? Did anyone see any of them in real life? 9x12 could probably be easily converted to 4x5 (just like I did to my Mentor 9x12 with RB) and shutter has as wide range of expositions like Graflex...

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    The 1923-27 time frame was one of severe depression in Germany and the camera trade particularly with many shot lived companies and then amalgamations. It was also a time when Britain and America had their own prosperous manufacturers so there was a lot of competition. Until Leica emerged with 35mm cameras as a new way forward Ernemann had cornered the market for small portable cameras with ultra fast lenses.

    Putting it perspective some cameras of that era were made for 20 or even 30 years (with minor changes) but the fast Ernemann lenses and cameras were short lived because of the merger into Zeiss Ikon and the switch in Europe to 35mm.

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Such a pity for all of us, isn't it?

    Anyway - I am still looking for any pointers of usage of 220mm, 240mm & 250mm Ernostars. All the info, contacts… are welcome. Thank you.

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    still looking

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Misko View Post
    Such a pity for all of us, isn't it?

    Anyway - I am still looking for any pointers of usage of 220mm, 240mm & 250mm Ernostars. All the info, contacts… are welcome. Thank you.
    More than 5 years ago (I can't remember when) I saw a 250mm f1.9 (or f1.8?) Ernostar for sale. The guy was from Eastern Europe and was asking $5k. The lens sold but I don't know for how much. He had photos of it so it does exist.

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Like a lot of rare items, it can take years to find one, and requires diligent, constant searching. When you find one, you must quickly pay the asking price, because you may not see another for 5 years. That's how I get my rare stuff anyway! Of course, if the price is too high (rarity does not equate high prices - demand does), I pass.

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Roody View Post
    ... The lens sold but I don't know for how much. He had photos of it so it does exist....
    http://rafcamera.com/en/still-image-...-lens-1-8-24cm

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Greenberg Motamedi View Post
    That's the one!

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Guys: I have a 1.8/165mm lens in my collection. It belongs to a Ermanox 9x12 body that is also part of my collection. A heavy lens!! Any interest for you to post a picture?

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    Re: any users around of longer Ernemann Ernostar lenses?

    Pictures would be interesting, have you actually used the lens - pictures taken with it would be even more interesting.

    Ian

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