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    Please help with Lens identification

    I have some lenses that I would like to learn about....

    what is Kreuznach, Symmar, symmar-s, xenotar, synchro, compur, angulon... also the last one was attached to a tube so I am thinking it may be a macro?

    Are any of these lenses high end?

    I have some 4x5 cameras and accessories that I may be selling at some point but before I let any thing go I would like to learn what I am dealing with first.

    what is the equivalent 35mm focal length?

    Thanks a lot !



    Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar Synchro – Compur – P 1:5.6/135 1:12/235 (why are there 2 sets of numbers?)
    Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar-s 5.6/300
    Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar-s 5.6 / 150
    Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar super angulon 1:8/75
    Schneider – Kreuznach Xenotar 1:2.8/150
    Synchro – Compur carl meyer near uv oa750 f2.8 5cm

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    Hi !

    Compur is the registered brand name of the shutter. This a leaf (between-lens) shutter Made in Germany by Deckel-Compur in Munich until the end of the 1970s. Deckel Compur was a subsidiary of the Carl Zeiss group.
    Syncho Compur denotes a compur shutter with a flash syncho socket.

    Schneider-Kreuznach and Carl Meyer are registered brand names of German lens manufacturers.

    Kreuznach is added to distinguish between numerous companies named Schneider in Germany.
    Bad-Kreuznach is the German city in Rhineland where the main Schneider-Kreuznach factory is located.

    >> Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar Synchro – Compur – P 1:5.6/135 1:12/235
    Standard LF lens formula (6 elements / 4 groups) covering 70° designed for the 4"x5" format
    >> (why are there 2 sets of numbers?)
    This is a convertible lens; when you unscrew the font group from the shutter, you get a f/12- 235 mm lens, but with a much narrower image circle and degraded performance

    >> Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar-s 5.6/300
    same as previous but more recent, with improved performance and non convertible, designed for the 8"x10" format

    >> Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar-s 5.6 / 150
    same as previous for the 4"x5" format

    >> Schneider – Kreuznach Symmar super angulon 1:8/75
    wide-angle lens covering 100° of angle and just covering the 4"x5" format

    >> Schneider – Kreuznach Xenotar 1:2.8/150
    standard bright lens max aperture 2.8 for the 4"x5" format; formula (5/4); does not cover as much as a symmar but with outstanding results.

    >> Synchro – Compur carl meyer near uv oa750 f2.8 5cm
    Do not know this lens.

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    scans of old brochures from Schneider-Kreuznach can be retrieved from here
    http://web.archive.org/web/200805170...hiv/archiv.htm
    http://web.archive.org/web/200804180...om/archiv/pdf/

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    Carl Meyer was a US brand name used on lenses from various sources by B&J.

    Ian

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    Carl Meyer was a US brand name used on lenses from various sources by B&J.

    Thanks, Ian for correcting my mistake!
    Hence, if I understand well, Carl Meyer is a fake German brand for the US market, just in between Carl Zeiss and Meyer Optik Görlitz

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    As no-one else seems to have noticed, I have asked the mod to move this to the right category!

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    Moved

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    Dude, have you thought of using Google or Ebay to find answers to some very, very basic questions? L

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    Quote Originally Posted by Emmanuel BIGLER View Post
    Carl Meyer was a US brand name used on lenses from various sources by B&J.

    Thanks, Ian for correcting my mistake!
    Hence, if I understand well, Carl Meyer is a fake German brand for the US market, just in between Carl Zeiss and Meyer Optik Görlitz
    Pretty much so, could probably just as easily have been Hugo Zeiss instead of Carl Meyer Although that doesn't have such an authentic tone.

    Ian

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    I wonder if Carl Meyer was a relative of Oscar Meyer?
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Please help with Lens identification

    RE: Carl Meyer lens name; about halfway down the page is an interesting explanation of the origin of the name.

    http://lommen9.home.xs4all.nl/Burke/page2.html

    FYI I have a couple of these lenses.

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