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    Hermagis Aplanatique 1200mm - lens as big as your head!

    Just unpacked a new lens, which came in a series of boxes as large as a living room TV. But first, one to compare it to that I already had. Some of you may remember this photo with my daughter and a 16" Vitax. The caption I put back then was "A Lens as Big as Your Head!"
    2008 Vitax first:


    Well, time goes by, and we learn children and lenses grow even larger. So I was greatly anticipating whether this lens would be as big as her, today, five years later. I think it's a pretty good scaling! Actually, I don't think she's grown this much! This new one is more than double the focal length of the old Vitax, long sold.
    2013 NEW one:
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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    A couple more, so you can start guessing what it is. Those in EU that know, don't answer!




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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    It is part of the BFL Series of lenses.

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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    It is part of the BFL Series of lenses.
    LOL !

    Garret, that is one BFL as Vaughn put it, can a studio camera actually hold something that heavy ( I'm guessing it's at least 25lbs )
    without the lens board popping off ?

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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    I think you'll need an adapter to put it on that Leica...

    If only we could check its memory card and see what images have gone through it. Those big lenses cost a fortune new, so they were workhorses in the studios. Had to earn their keep. What a piece of history...
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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    Come on, the above are just for girls. Now meet a real man-of-war. Younger, bigger, sharper (well into infrared), and with some real not a salony history (WWII included perhaps).

    Sorry no heads for comparison as no helmets were at hand :). And the scale is in cm, but there are plenty of them...
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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    Holy Frijoles!

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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    Garret. I'm guessing a big E. Francis? Lucky you!

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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    Close, you're on the right continent. Getting warm!

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    Re: Lenses as big around as your head!

    At least I'm guessing! So A Gasc Chaconet?

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