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    Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to this site and new to 8x10. I have an Eastman Kodak Century 7a studio camera to use for portraiture and recently acquired a Dallmeyer Serrac 12" lens serial# 345442. I was wondering if anyone knows the age of this lens and if it will cover 8x10? I have 5x7 backs for the camera if not. Also, it's missing the mounting flange and before I machine one just thought I'd check to see if anyone has one out there? The diameter outside of the threads is 75.85mm. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch.



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    Re: Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    Per P-H Pont's Dallmeyer chronology, around 1946.

    It is an f/4.5 Tessar type, should cover 110 % of its focal length. In other words, yes it should cover 8x10 but won't allow large movements.

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    Re: Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    You have a # 6 Serrac, made to cover whole plate (6.5x8.5 inches). Introduced in 1915...Early 1930's cat page attached from Sean's site.

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    Re: Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    Thanks a bunch for the info! I'll post some pics taken with it after the restoration.

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    Re: Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    Forrest

    I've owned a couple of the 8 1/2" Serrac's - they're incredibly sharp, definitely covers 10x8 - it's also a convertible and with the rear element only, it's nice and soft

    enjoy

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    Forrest

    I should have mentioned that from my research, I've found a difficulty in being able to trace any hard and fast info on dating Dallmeyer serial numbers with years of manufacture but that may just be my inefficiency here

    andrew

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    Re: Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    Andrew,
    Thanks for the input. I'm curious about the convertible mode you mention? Would I just remove the front 2 elements and leave the rear in place? Does that change the focal length? I originally was looking for a soft focus lens, so to here of a "soft" trick for this lens, has me stoked! Again I'm new to this format and large barrel lenses so forgive my newbie questions, however I have shot a bit of 4x5 with my Graphic View and Speed Graphic.
    Thanks again, I'm loving this forum.

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    Hi Forrest

    thanks for your post

    I've just tested a Serrac, to me definitely a convertible and with the rear element only, very much the opposite effect than with all elements in place

    The focal length reduces to around 6" and at best whole plate size will be covered - the image on the ground glass is of distinct softness with some decent bokeh - great for portraits - to achieve this I removed the cells forming the front element

    good luck and I hope that this helps

    regards

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    Re: Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    Since when is a Tessar convertible? They certainly weren't intended to be.

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    Re: Dallmeyer Serrac Age & Info?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Since when is a Tessar convertible? They certainly weren't intended to be.
    Hi Dan - well this one certainly is

    regards

    andrew

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