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Thread: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    The 6.7 had a somewhat yellowish color as I recall - not your usual glass. It is the one lens I've had stolen, so can't look at it now. I replaced it with a 240A, which is more convenient for backpacking and even sharper. But the 6.7 produced wonderful pictures, both color and b&w, conspicuously crisper and better textured from what my Symmar S did, which was no slouch itself.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    The 6.7 had a somewhat yellowish color as I recall - not your usual glass.
    Yellowish glass is one of the symptoms of rare-earth glass -- so maybe the f6.7 has some.

    It usually gets worse with age, but not everyone notices it, and fewer people report that it is a problem. I have a Minolta 58mm f1.2 MC ROKKOR, with rare-earth elements, but shows no yellowing after 40 years. In any case, it's pretty easy to "clear" the glass with exposure to UV light -- just don't let the lens get too hot!!. A web search will quickly turn up treatment methods. Fortunately, I've never need to use them.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    It was that way brand new. No effect on the images. Fuji has always been pretty secretive. They had a friendly sales rep in this area, but he wasn't a tech type.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    Here's an old data sheet on the f6.7 version. If it's readable it might help you.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Fuji250f67001.jpg  

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    Nothing there about glass. Just general brochure specs. 8X10 film is the realistic limit if movements are involved. Good samples of this very desirable lens are getting scarce. The word is out.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    I read somewhere that the 6.7 version was discontinued and then revived for a time by popular demand.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    Hard to say. Fuji product lists were infamous for typos.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Karp View Post
    I read somewhere that the 6.7 version was discontinued and then revived for a time by popular demand.
    That was my recollection too, and after looking through a few Lynn Jones posts I found the following:

    "This lens [Fuji 250 6.7] was discontinued (for a poorer version that was multicoated) and then brought back by popular demand. This fantastic lens is an 80 degree coverage conventional coating for 10x12 film size, 398mm coverage at infinity and f22. It was one of the most popular 8x10 lenses around. The list price in the late 1980's was $1,251.00, and well worth it. In those days, I wrote all the literature and catalogs.

    The later multi coated 250 f 6.3 only covered 64 degrees or 312mm (ho hum). That is why we raised hell with Fuji to get the old f6.7 lens re-manufactured."


    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...l=1#post521618

    Lynn worked for Fujinon or imported Fujinon lenses for awhile if I recall correctly.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Hard to say. Fuji product lists were infamous for typos.
    That's for sure, but I haven't seen any evidence in the Fuji literature -- even in a possible error -- that shows the f6.7 with an EBC coating. But that doesn't mean it could not have happened.

    And keep in mind that a lens with EBC coating does not mean that all glass-to-air surfaces were EBC coated.

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    Re: Fuji 250 6.3 or 250 6.7, I am confused? Is one superior to another in 8x10 Use?

    All my lenses circled in the D.O. Industries list posted in #10 above have the same golden reflections from the single coating. Much different from my newer Fujinon lenses with multicoating and magenta and green and blue reflections.
    If there were 250 6.7 lenses with multicoating, it would be clearly obvious. If the multicoating were not obvious from examiniation of the lens or resulting images, the question of multicoating is irrelevant.

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