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    Found an LF lens, anyone know anything about it?

    Recently moved into a new house, in one of the cupboards we found a Carl Meyer 12in f/2.5 Speed Anastigmatic lens for an 8x10 camera. I have looked online but cant seem to find anything on it.

    Picture of lens: https://i.imgur.com/yCU7xzZ.jpg

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    Re: Found an LF lens, anyone know anything about it?

    Carl Myer was a Burke & James house brand. They bought scrap and surplus lenses, rebadged them and sold them. Some are poor, others are quite good.

    Your find might be a 12"/2.5 AeroEktar. Might. What's the serial number?

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    Re: Found an LF lens, anyone know anything about it?

    yes, likely an aero ektar. Cool, but hard to use in a practical sense. Nice banana for scale too. (heh. reddit....)

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    Re: Found an LF lens, anyone know anything about it?

    As others have stated, an Aero-Ektar. Slightly radio-active, will fog film in close proximity.

    Carl Meyer would re-badge these but add an iris to make these lenses somewhat more user friendly for photography for large format photography,

    Cheers,

    Rudi

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    Re: Found an LF lens, anyone know anything about it?

    "somewhat"... I guess. It's still a giant 12lb lens or whatever... with no shutter. ;-)

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