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Santo Roman
24-May-2009, 23:43
I need to get a lens spanner for my nikkor lens. Is there a specific one I should get? I've seen a few on the bh site and one at midwest photo. Are there different sizes that I need to worry about? I have a nikkor 135mm with a copal 0.


Ron Marshall
25-May-2009, 00:01
This is what I have, cheap and solid:


25-May-2009, 00:59
I got this one....
more expensive but ultra solid

Gem Singer
25-May-2009, 03:21
"Linos" lens wrench (Rodenstock).

Fits all three Copal shutter sizes.

Relatively inexpensive. Easily available.

Brian Ellis
25-May-2009, 05:37
I have both the Linos/Rodenstock wrench and the S.K. Grimes wrench that Andrew mentions. If I were buying only one I'd buy the Grimes wrench for its versatility. It isn't limited to use with just three brands of shutters (Copal, Compur and Prontor) like the Linos wrench is. Also, the Linos/Rodenstock can't be used if you're attaching a lens with a retaining ring in lens boards such as Deardorff boards that are recessed in the back because the metal sheet won't fit down in the recessed hole.

You can get by without any spanner wrench. For some years I used the tyne on a table fork to tighten retaining rings. But if you're going to buy one, I'd get the Grimes wrench. It costs a little more but this isn't something you're likely to buy more than once.

Santo Roman
25-May-2009, 15:46
Thanks for the replies guys. I decided to pickup the one from Badger. I just need something to tighten the one I have right now and the one I hope to get in the next few weeks. That is if I can launder some money so my wife won't find out.


Charlie Strack
27-May-2009, 18:32
I purchased a pair of spanners years ago: one was like the one Badger is selling, the other was similar but had pins for the feet (instead of blades); after years, I found a use for the pin-pair: a large format lens I bought used those instead of blades for a Copal 3 shutter.

This type works find.

But I just saw this on the internet: http://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=SP1

Looks interesting.

Charlie Strack