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    Information on early Zeiss lens - Millimetre system

    Anybody with knowledge on early zeiss camera optics?
    Iíve had a 196mm Carl Zeiss anastigmat lens for years but have only been able to find a few references about it.
    Itís probably 1890ís, using not the fstop scale but zeiss millimetre aperture scale, numbers corresponding to actual mm diameter of aperture.
    Itís quite small in size but covers 8x10 easily, excells at 4x5.

    Any info on the millimetre system would be appreciated.

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    Re: Information on early Zeiss lens - Millimetre system

    There are some descriptions about the mm system in Zeiss catalogue here. Read from p14.
    I also have a mm scale barrel for the protarlinse VIIa.
    https://www.cameraeccentric.com/stat...fs/zeiss_4.pdf

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    Re: Information on early Zeiss lens - Millimetre system

    Quote Originally Posted by mhayashi View Post
    There are some descriptions about the mm system in Zeiss catalogue here. Read from p14.
    I also have a mm scale barrel for the protarlinse VIIa.
    https://www.cameraeccentric.com/stat...fs/zeiss_4.pdf
    Thanks a bunch, what a wonderful catalog Happy new year

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    Re: Information on early Zeiss lens - Millimetre system

    Also, look at some supplier catalogues from circa 1880-1910 here and you will find lots of listings and illustrations on Zeiss lenses from the era.

    http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/catalogs.htm


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    Re: Information on early Zeiss lens - Millimetre system

    I forgot to mention that the Bausch and Lomb catalogues are especially informative in Zeiss lenses of the era since they had the US rights to manufacture their designs.


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    Re: Information on early Zeiss lens - Millimetre system

    Are there different focal lengths marked on the rim of the front and rear elements? Could be part of a casket set, with the aperture in millimetres so you can look up in the tables the F-number, according to the elements you have installed.

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