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    6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    Just got this lens for some daguerreotypes due to its speed. I know they were used in press cameras but I've done a bit of a search and can't find out too much about it. Other trioplans I can see info about, but not this one unfortunately.

    It wasn't a typo...there is no 'Hugo' before Meyer
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    Re: 6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    It's a triplet lens, I have Meyer's adverts with the schematics of their lenses, the Trioplan was sold in various forms as a still camera lens for 16mm to through to LF formats, short telephoto, cine lenses for taking and projection. It's a common lens found on pre_WWII German 6x9 & 9x12 cameras, LF, versions for Leica, Exacta etc, as well as MF & LF, portrait versions as well.

    It was made post WWII with the Hugo dropped, I've not checked when it was dropped though.

    Here's a link.


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    Re: 6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    Thanks Ian, I appreciate the link!

    I had a read...mines quite a bit older than those advertised and is marked with imperial measurements (6") and is the f3. The fastest I can see in the ad is the f3.5.

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    It's a triplet lens, I have Meyer's adverts with the schematics of their lenses, the Trioplan was sold in various forms as a still camera lens for 16mm to through to LF formats, short telephoto, cine lenses for taking and projection. It's a common lens found on pre_WWII German 6x9 & 9x12 cameras, LF, versions for Leica, Exacta etc, as well as MF & LF, portrait versions as well.

    It was made post WWII with the Hugo dropped, I've not checked when it was dropped though.

    Here's a link.


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    Re: 6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    I've a big collection of BJP Almanacs down the garden in the darkroom, there Portrait Trioplan f3 6" which covers 1/4 plate, there's older Meyer catalogues on the same website.

    There was one for sale recently on a UK dealers website and I thought about buying it.

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    Re: 6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    I had a bit of a scan of the other catalogues but can't find it (might be my eyes) but not to worry.

    I've had a good look on the ground glass and it projects a very nice image that covers 4x5 actually (a nice surprise).

    Do you happen to know what the one in the UK went for Ian?
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    Re: 6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    Page 18 of the 1936 catalogue.

    The one that sold in the UK was in a brass barrel (unpainted) it wasn't expensive, I think less than 50. I didn't buy it because I have far too many lenses around that FL.

    It probably does cover 5x4, it'll probably be a bit soft at the corners but that won't bother you for what you're going to use it for. 1920's Meyer adverts recommended the 6" f3 Trioplan for 1/4 plate reflex cameras, in fact Meyer themselves sold SLRs (re-badged Mentor)with them. I just checked a 1927 advert they are listed as plain Trioplan without the word portrait. Meyer also sold a rangefinder camera with a Meyer 50mm f1.5 lens, clearly a Leica body.

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    Re: 6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    Thanks Ian, I do appreciate the time you put into finding and sharing this with me.
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    Re: 6" Meyer Trioplan f3 Anastigmat

    Great lenses ... I have a few Trioplans ... Including ine with a soft focus dial

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