View Full Version : Free: 40 pages of notes on Voigtlander Lenses from the Lens Collectors Vade Mecum

3-Dec-2012, 15:44
As some of you may know, I acquired the rights to distribute the Lens Collectors Vade Mecum (http://antiquecameras.net/lensvademecum.html) many years ago, and given how much interest there is in Voigtlander lenses, I thought I would share the 40 odd pages written on these lenses to everyone for free. Please see http://antiquecameras.net/voigtlanderlenses.html
to open the pdf file.

Thanks and Happy Holidays


3-Dec-2012, 16:39
Thannks for publishing the Vade. I enjoy looking thorugh it even when I can't find what i was llooking for.

4-Dec-2012, 03:48
Thank you very much CC.

4-Dec-2012, 06:58
The Lens Collectors Vade Mecum was probably one of the best buys I've made, it's a great resource.

John Fink Jr.
4-Dec-2012, 09:58
I agree with Math. Ever since I acquired The Lens Collectors Vade Mecum my knowledge on lenses has increased.
What a fantastic reference tool. Thanks Dan!!

Steven Tribe
4-Dec-2012, 12:50
Just to mention that the "V" entries are also included!

I have found it to be useful, but I have discovered the following:

- The serial numbers that Voigtländer gave to the America Organisation do create problems for identifying when some lenses were made. A quick check of the Voigtländer serial number, when it is engraved "American Voigtländer" will most often give a faulty date when using the main serial no./date table.

- Size numbers do not always correspond between the German and American models for the same series. German sizes like 0 and 00 become 1 and 2 in the American size engravings, so that German size 5 is the same as the American 7, for example.

- A few series, like VIIa, do not appear in VM.

- The "Euryskop" development (22,000 - 30,000) is covered better in Threads here! The discussion about a "Petzval with cemented rear lenses" in the VM is either
a cover-up from Voigtländer's side (Aplanat/RR patents) or from a visitor to Braunschweig who had taken too much of the the local beer.

Jim Jones
4-Dec-2012, 20:15
I, too, agree with Math. The VM isn't perfect, but imperfect information is much better than total ignorance.

10-Dec-2012, 12:33
I also the full catalogue listing of Dallmeyers lenses as of 1904, here: http://antiquecameras.net/1904dallmeyerlensads.html

And also ads from 1891 for Dallmeyer, here http://antiquecameras.net/1904dallmeyerlensads/1891dallmeyerlensads.html


Marko Trebusak
13-Dec-2012, 03:01
Dan, thank you for all this information.

It's hard to keep everything organized, so your web-site is very helpful. Together with cameraeccentric it's one of the best on-line resources for antique objectives.