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Thread: 16 inch f/3 Hugo Meyer Speed lens

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    16 inch f/3 Hugo Meyer Speed lens

    Anybody out there have any information on this lens?
    Especially its coverage when focused at infinity.
    I assume that it covers 8x10 for portraits but I have nothing to base this on.
    VM lists a 16" f/3 Atelier Schnell Arbeiter Rapid Studio (Petzval) brass lens, could this be the same lens?

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    Re: 16 inch f/3 Hugo Meyer Speed lens

    Yes, the same lens and it covers 8x10. It is more like 3.5 because of the aperture structure.

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    Re: 16 inch f/3 Hugo Meyer Speed lens

    Agreeing with Hugo. I had one, it was similar to the Dallmeyer B series in speed (f3.5), but was a traditional Petzval design rather than the modified Dallmeyer (with reversed rear element). My version would cover 8x10 at portrait distances, but I think it was intended by Meyer to be a whole plate lens.
    Last edited by Jason Greenberg Motamedi; 24-Nov-2020 at 19:23.

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    Re: 16 inch f/3 Hugo Meyer Speed lens

    You might want to check out Jakub’s example here.

    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...3-petzval-lens

    Hugo Meyer sold quite a lot of these in the late 90’s. At a recent auction in Europe, a complete range of these “fast workers” from a defunct studio were offered!

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