I was just cruising by the Calumet web site at:
when I noticed that several of their Caltar II-N lenses are currently on sale at VERY attractive prices. These Caltar II-N lenses are identical in specs and pe rformance, and are in fact made in the same factory by the same people as the co mparable Rodenstock APO Sironar-N and Grandagon-N lines. The differences being the labeling, who provides the warranty and the prices.
Here's some sample prices (B&H prices for comparable Rodenstock lenses provided for reference).
135mm f5.6 Caltar II-N $399.99 ($539.00) 150mm f5.6 Caltar II-N $399.99 ($559.00) 180mm f5.6 Caltar II-N $549.99 ($739.00) 210mm f5.6 Caltar II-N $599.99 ($715.00)
65mm f4.5 Caltar II-N $899.99 ($1199.00) 75mm f6.8 Caltar II-N $649.99 ($749.00) 75mm f4.5 Caltar II-N $899.99 ($1295.00) 90mm f6.8 Caltar II-N $699.99 ($919.00) 90mm f4.5 Caltar II-N $999.99 ($1300.00)
I don't work for Calumet. I'm only posting these prices here as a public servic e to the readers of this forum. At these sale prices, these Caltars represent s ome truly great buys in new large format lenses. I only posted the B&H prices a s a reliable and easy to obtain reference (the only one I have handy this time o f night). I do not claim these are the absolute lowest prices on the Rodenstock lenses - just the current selling prices from a well known reputable source. A s you can see, the Caltar price range from just under $100 to nearly $400 compar ed to the B&H Rodenstock prices. These are truly some great bargains for anyone in the market for a new LF lens.
Happy shopping, Kerry