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    Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Today I had the fortune (I think) of this falling in my lap:

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    It's labeled: E Krauss. Paris. No. 112550. Tessar. 1:6.3 F=50cm.

    I grabbed it hoping that it might be a good, versatile lens. I have no idea of coverage but hoping that I can use it for 8x10 (at least) wet plate. Can anyone shed some light?

    Thanks!

    Tim

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    A 500mm tessar will cover real big.

    I have a 400/4.5 zeiss xv3 tessar that covers 14x17"

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Hey, nothing wrong with that! It will cover, probably two 8x10s side by side.

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottPhotoCo View Post
    Today I had the fortune (I think) of this falling in my lap:
    It's labeled: E Krauss. Paris. No. 112550. Tessar. 1:6.3 F=50cm.
    Tim
    Any particular location from where such things are falling into laps? I mean i would kinda like to stick bucket in there..

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Yup ... a MONSTER tessar ... it will cover 14 x 17 wide open ... and at f-6.3 that's a beautiful thing.

    I have #109938 ... the flange, by itself, is at least a pound and is 6" in diameter. The lens with flange weighs in at over 7 pounds.

    The last one I saw go on ebay was above $500 a couple of months ago.

    I love tessars but I have never had it on a camera ... it is too heavy for everything I have ... even the Empire State 11 x 14.

    I keep thinking I'll get it to Tonopah and shoot it on Galli's studio 11x14 with his expert guidance ... but, alas, my plans over the last two years have gone for naught ... and it looks like I'll not make it this October either. Of course, I haven't told Galli of my plan ... but he's pretty easy if you show up with some unusual old brass to shoot and offer a dinner at El Marques or the Mizpah Hotel in exchange for studio privileges ... throw in some vintage photography literature and he'll probably even let you sleep under his '39 Ford.

    I'm not averse to letting this one go ... so if someone needs it ... PM me.

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Krauss appears to have specialised in this particular lens - I have 110894. I think the 50cm must have been standard on some process cameras.
    Mine has been in Scotland and Spain, mounted on a 18x24cm reisekamera - but one with adjustable stability rods between the front standard and rear. No problem at all - heavy, but center of gravity is close to the flange/lens board.

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the info. It will be really interesting to make some images with this lens in the upcoming weeks. Does anyone have any example of images created with this lens? Curious if it may have any identifiable tendencies.

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottPhotoCo View Post
    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the info. It will be really interesting to make some images with this lens in the upcoming weeks. Does anyone have any example of images created with this lens? Curious if it may have any identifiable tendencies.
    Krauss made the Tessars under license from Zeiss. I've never used a Krauss, but I have used license built Tessars by B&L and Kodak (maybe B&L? It was on an RB Graflex 2 1/4 x 3 1/4) - both f6.3 and f4.5, coated and uncoated, and all excellent.
    As a general thing, the f6.3 Tessars are the best. But any good Tessar is a very nice lens. I'm willing to bet you'll be very happy with it.
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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    I have a 14x17 Tessar that I use on my 14x17 and I love it!!

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    Re: Another lens question E Krauss 50cm

    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    As a general thing, the f6.3 Tessars are the best.
    ???

    Love it when folks come to Tonopah. Forces me to get off my lazy butt and go shoot some pictures! No sleeping under the '39 pickup. Alas, it went to Oklahoma to live. You could sleep under the Model A, but it drips.

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