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    Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    One of only 3 ever made, according to Japan Camera Hunter:

    http://japancamerahunter.tumblr.com/...300mm-f9-large

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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    What or who is "Japancamerahunter" and what is the reference?

    There have been a few threads about that lens on this forum. I believe it was pointed out to be the large one in this Fuji publication:

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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    I saw one in the late 1990s at Ken Hanson or maybe Photogizmo in New York. It dwarfed the 210mm Super Angulon it was next to.

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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...mm-f-9-sw-lens

    Supposedly 720mm IC.

    Japan Camera Hunter is a pretty well-known camera shop, though it doesn't seem like he does much with LF. Not sure about his sources for only 3 being made. Either way I have no idea but pretty neat nevertheless.

    On the other hand, I have a 305mm lens that covers over 550mm and costed less than 2 bills...
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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    What or who is "Japancamerahunter" and what is the reference?
    aka Bellamy Hunt he operates a business sourcing and buying cameras and lenses in Japan (including some very rare ones) as well as things like hand made rangefinder lenses. Big advocate of film photography and runs a cool series on his website called "In Your Bag." Recommend you check out his site.

    http://www.japancamerahunter.com/

    His reference is that he just had one in his hand, apparently.

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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

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    Wow, according to that thread it weighs almost 8 pounds!

    In that linked thread Kerry Thalmann's comments seem to support the rarity of the lens.

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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    Well, there's "rare" and then there's "only 3 ever made!"

    I wish the photo showed it from the side. That would be more interesting.

    If I had to guess, maybe a Biogon design or derivative? I imagine my 75mm Biogon scaled up 4x would be about that size!
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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    Bryan, early Fuji SW lenses including the 300/8 are f/8 Super Angulon clones. Later ones (NSW, SWD) include other design types. You might want to visit http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/index.htm to see the confusing list of poorly documented Fuji wide angles.

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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    Some things are rare because the were made for designer-vanity and found no market, or were failed in other regards. (I would put Leica's Peter Karbe in the vanity group. Nothing he has designed has aesthetic advantages over Mandler, and his lenses put out ugly images in terms of OOF. But somebody had to 'improve' what needed no improvement except on the books.)

    Biogons are fairly easily up-scaled with modest additional elements, if that's the design of the lens in question.

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    Re: Rare lens? Fujinon SW 300mm f/9

    A beauty!

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