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18-Jan-2013, 08:58

i'll like to be able to a B&L/Zeiss tessar 1C 5x8 f/4.5 with a shutter.
Is it something that can be done easily?

Dan Fromm
18-Jan-2013, 11:25
See p. 22 of http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/bauschlomb_5.html . The lens was sold in a Volute shutter. Per p. 3 of this http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/bauschlomb_2.html they were later sold in Betax shutters.

If you have the lens, remove the cells from the barrel and measure their diameters. Then go to http://www.suaudeau.eu/memo/pratique/Les_obturateurs_centraux.html and look at the specs for Alphax and Betax shutters. It might fit one of them.

Good luck in finding a shutter. On the whole, you'll probably be better off financially just buying a 210 in shutter.

William Barnett-Lewis
21-Jan-2013, 08:45
I have the IIc 6.3 lens. What I did was get a Polaroid MP-4 shutter and rear mounted the shutter to the lens with glue. It's ugly as sin but it works a treat. The B&L Tessar 5x8 makes an exquisite normal on 5x7 and an even better portrait lens on 4x5.

21-Jan-2013, 09:12
All old f/4.5 180mm and up Tessars I have laid hands on were in cells a touch too wide to match any common recent Copal/Compur size. Whether you have the lenses remounted into new cells or have adapter rings cut to fit them into oversize (Compound etc.) shutters, it is not cheap - indeed the offers I received turned out to be considerably more expensive than shutter mounted modern (70s-90s vintage) Xenars. I use mine with before (TP) or behind (Sinar) the lens shutter, or cameras with focal plane shutter...