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vssoutlet
1-Mar-2018, 18:08
I found this lens in Berlin when I was there on business. Iíve never seen anything like it. Note the rings for focus and aperture adjustment. Looks military to me and was obviously meant for manipulation with gloved hands. Early aerial? Itís heavy too. At least 4lbs.

Love to have your ideas!

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lucaas
1-Mar-2018, 18:24
According to Thiele's book, this lens was manufactured in 1914 for the camera on a balloon. So it might be used for the military survey.
It is a 3 elements triplet lens and can cover 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 at full aperture according to Voigtlander catalog in 1914.

vssoutlet
1-Mar-2018, 19:09
According to Thiele's book, this lens was manufactured in 1914 for the camera on a balloon. So it might be used for the military survey.
It is a 3 elements triplet lens and can cover 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 at full aperture according to Voigtlander catalog in 1914.

Wow. That’s so cool! Thanks.

vssoutlet
1-Mar-2018, 19:50
According to Thiele's book, this lens was manufactured in 1914 for the camera on a balloon. So it might be used for the military survey.
It is a 3 elements triplet lens and can cover 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 at full aperture according to Voigtlander catalog in 1914.


Are these very uncommon? Iíve never seen one before. Do you have any idea what the camera looked like?

Steven Tribe
2-Mar-2018, 02:03
Here is the catalogue list for the Helomar (PRochnow book).

Only the two largest versions have an iris.

Corran
2-Mar-2018, 06:22
Those scalloped rings are awesome! Make some photos with that thing!

Lightbender
2-Mar-2018, 11:39
The Heilomar was the basic lens on the early voigtlander Bessa rangefinder. This cameras was the all black version before the chrome bessa ii was produced.

I have one with the heilomar, but the focus of pretty tight so I have not had a chance to use it yet.

vssoutlet
3-Mar-2018, 20:01
Here is the catalogue list for the Helomar (PRochnow book).

Only the two largest versions have an iris.

Don't suppose the book has an English translation?

Dan Fromm
4-Mar-2018, 08:39
Steven, the catalog page you posted seems to be for narrow angle projection lenses, not for taking lenses. Am I mistaken?