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    Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    NEEDED INFO ON LENS BY E. SUTER, BASEL

    I found, at a reasonable price, an old brass lens that covers 8x10, but have NO information about this lens. The glass is like new and the marking are as follows:
    E. Suter Basel
    # 7321
    Aplanat A No 4

    The lens covers my 8x10 without problems and seems to be about 250mm length with an f stop of 2. It has waterhouse stops from f 2.8 to f128. I have shot it once and it seems to be very sharp. I think it is a pretzel design, but not sure.
    I would like to know more about this old lens in pristine brass lens.
    Hope someone will be able to help.
    The photograph made with this lens is attached.

    Jack

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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Quote Originally Posted by northcarolinajack View Post
    Aplanat A No 4

    Jack
    as it says on the lens it is an aplanat design. two cemented pieces of glass in the front and rear. the A series is f6. the B is f8.

    i was collecting the entire b series as they were cheap and no one was paying much for them....but i see them working their way to being noticed.

    you can also use just the rear element to make images. try it.
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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Not a petzval - but as it says an aplanat/RR.
    I have exactly the same lens. Series A is the Rapid version - but not modern F.2!!
    There are a good deal of useful threads here on the excellent Suter aplanats.
    Eddie has a lot.
    Last edited by Steven Tribe; 18-Mar-2011 at 04:18. Reason: reference to Eddie!

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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Suter did make a few Portrait Petzvals (and labelled Portrait) and even Landscape meniscus lenses. But I doubt you will come across any of these! Aplanats were a big seller along with his 4 glass copy of the Dagor.

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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Eddie has a lot.
    yup. i had a 35 inch focal length one for a while (#9) .......sold it. but i just got another small B series #3 yesterday.....

    l-r
    #8 (25 inch), #6 (19 inch), #3 (10 inch i think)
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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Suter did make a few Portrait Petzvals (and labelled Portrait) and even Landscape meniscus lenses. But I doubt you will come across any of these! Aplanats were a big seller along with his 4 glass copy of the Dagor.
    yup. i had three suter petzval lenses. hard to tell that they are petzvals unless you have them in your hand.....too easy to be lead on the wrong path with pictures on e bay.

    petzvals

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ighlight=suter

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ighlight=suter

    another aplanat.

    http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=972974
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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Quote Originally Posted by eddie View Post
    as it says on the lens it is an aplanat design. two cemented pieces of glass in the front and rear. the A series is f6. the B is f8.

    i was collecting the entire b series as they were cheap and no one was paying much for them....but i see them working their way to being noticed.

    you can also use just the rear element to make images. try it.
    THANKS!!

    Jack

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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Sorry I couldn't resist this.
    This is what a Suter "I think it is a pretzel design, but not sure " pretzel should look like.
    Foregive me please.

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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Sorry I couldn't resist this.
    This is what a Suter "I think it is a pretzel design, but not sure " pretzel should look like.
    Foregive me please.
    That is fine, my humor is a little twisted as well.

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    Re: Info on Lens-E.Suter Basel Aplanat A No 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    Sorry I couldn't resist this.
    This is what a Suter "I think it is a pretzel design, but not sure " pretzel should look like.
    Foregive me please.
    Ah, yes. It's quite close actually (in German this is called "die Brezel"). So, Steve Petzval with salz?

    Cheers,
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