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    shutter for B&L/Zeiss tessar

    Hello,

    i'll like to be able to a B&L/Zeiss tessar 1C 5x8 f/4.5 with a shutter.
    Is it something that can be done easily?

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    Re: shutter for B&L/Zeiss tessar

    See p. 22 of http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/...schlomb_5.html . The lens was sold in a Volute shutter. Per p. 3 of this http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/...schlomb_2.html they were later sold in Betax shutters.

    If you have the lens, remove the cells from the barrel and measure their diameters. Then go to http://www.suaudeau.eu/memo/pratique..._centraux.html and look at the specs for Alphax and Betax shutters. It might fit one of them.

    Good luck in finding a shutter. On the whole, you'll probably be better off financially just buying a 210 in shutter.

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    Re: shutter for B&L/Zeiss tessar

    I have the IIc 6.3 lens. What I did was get a Polaroid MP-4 shutter and rear mounted the shutter to the lens with glue. It's ugly as sin but it works a treat. The B&L Tessar 5x8 makes an exquisite normal on 5x7 and an even better portrait lens on 4x5.
    4x5 and a Tessar is heaven
    "I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies..." Green Day

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    Re: shutter for B&L/Zeiss tessar

    All old f/4.5 180mm and up Tessars I have laid hands on were in cells a touch too wide to match any common recent Copal/Compur size. Whether you have the lenses remounted into new cells or have adapter rings cut to fit them into oversize (Compound etc.) shutters, it is not cheap - indeed the offers I received turned out to be considerably more expensive than shutter mounted modern (70s-90s vintage) Xenars. I use mine with before (TP) or behind (Sinar) the lens shutter, or cameras with focal plane shutter...

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