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    Questions on Zeiss Planar 135mm 3.5

    Hello, I am fairly new to large format photography, I was at an estate sale of a former photographer and found a zeiss planar 135mm f3.5 lens. The serial number is 4118892, could some one please help me to identify what version this lens is. I am thinking it was version2 made in the early sixty's. Thanks

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    Re: Questions on Zeiss Planar 135mm 3.5

    Made in '65 0r '66.

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    Thanks Dan, are you fairly familiar with this lens? forgive my ignorance but what would I need to do so I am able to use it on a calumet 4x5? It is in a recessed lens board i think.

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    It is a desirable lens. May we know how much the seller wanted for it?

    Sure you can use it for 4x5. It has enough coverage for straight-on work with just a bit of rise or fall near infinity.

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    I can tell you that I purchased it for $85.

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    Thief!

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    Re: Questions on Zeiss Planar 135mm 3.5

    I think it was designed to be used as a standard lens on a 4x5 press camera so the image circle is not large enough to use the front movements on a camera such as a Technika or similar. If my knowledge is correct, the 'best' stops on these Planars are wide open or close to wide open. A press photographer might need to have f3.5 to get the shot and would never need movement shooting handheld. A lens design with greater coverage would use the f4 or f5.6 just to be able to see a good image on the GG and need to be stopped down to f11 or f16 to get the best performance.

    Kerry Thalmann rates it a 'future classic" on his lens pages:

    http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/future.htm

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    Go here http://www.arnecroell.com/publications and read Arne's article on Zeiss Oberkochen's LF lenses. You too, jbenedict.

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    Re: Questions on Zeiss Planar 135mm 3.5

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael2710 View Post
    I can tell you that I purchased it for $85.
    You STOLE it!

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    Re: Questions on Zeiss Planar 135mm 3.5

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Go here http://www.arnecroell.com/publications and read Arne's article on Zeiss Oberkochen's LF lenses. You too, jbenedict.
    These are a fascinating set of articles. Maybe I don't read well, but I'm not sure that I contradicted anything I read in the mentioned article in the post I made above.

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