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    Jun 2009
    NSW, Australia

    Bausch & Lomb 5x7 Tessar

    Only info I found on it was under B&L 5x7 Tessar section

    This one specifically

    Speed Graphic has a focal plane shutter? Shouldnt need to replace the shutter then on that

    Anyway I bought it since it was inexpensive, and looked like I could steampunk my camera up with some old world charm with it

    Anyone have more info on it?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 2007

    Re: Bausch & Lomb 5x7 Tessar

    Yep, you can't go wrong with a B&L lens for $16! They were under license to Zeiss to make the IC and IIB designs in the early years. It's a nice little lens.

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    Jan 2007
    Aegean (Turkey & UK)

    Re: Bausch & Lomb 5x7 Tessar

    Optically it should be similar to a comparative Zeiss Jena Tessar ofb the same focal length & vintage.

    Zeiss licensed the manufacture to other companies outside Germany, this included B&L for the US and Ross in London for the UK and then British Empire.

    Tessar's don't begin to give good edge & corner sharpness until stopped down to at least f16 and the recommended aperture for optimal performance is f22.


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    Jan 2008
    Stone Mountain, GA

    Re: Bausch & Lomb 5x7 Tessar

    I have a slightly later version of that lens. It's very good and has great coverage. You can use it on 8x10 without movements, so it works better on whole-plate. Corner-to-corner sharpness isn't great, but if that were your concern, you might have to spend a bit more than $16.00!

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