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    CHOROSKOP II Brass Wide angle Meniscus Lens ?

    Hi, just found this little Meniscus lens.
    Can someone tell me the coverage ? Any infos ?

    Found only one info on the web.
    Scovill 5x7 camera with a similar lens.

    Does anyone know if this could cover 8x10?

    Thanks
    J

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    Re: CHOROSKOP II Brass Wide angle Meniscus Lens ?

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    Re: CHOROSKOP II Brass Wide angle Meniscus Lens ?

    I have seen a couple of these tiny landscape lenses with built in shutters. I still have one!
    Landcaster made a detachable type as well.
    If the spring breaks, you always use a rubber band to create the right degree of tension!
    The engraved "lightning" schematic suggests the Lightning Brand, which was a name given to some imports into the USA from France (A.Laverne, perhaps?).

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    Goerz Choroskop No. 2 - Periscopic type lens

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    Steven - this is your scan !

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    Re: CHOROSKOP II Brass Wide angle Meniscus Lens ?

    Yes I know!
    I assumed it was a counterfeit use of the tradename as I couldn't believe that Goerz wouldn't have had their name somewhere on the lens and made the nasty trademark line!

    HOWEVER, looking at the catalogue again, I can see that this landscape lens was sold (at a very low price!) complete with a wheel stop and a shutter (of sorts).
    To make amends, I have included the very poor engraving of the model from the same catalogue as the table above. You can just see the special C loop.

    This is a very rare lens - I have never seen one. Quite a few were made, but if they don't have the Goerz identification, it could explain why they have been thrown away.
    Covers only 5x7 at small stops.
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    Re: CHOROSKOP II Brass Wide angle Meniscus Lens ?

    Thank you for the info.
    So I will try it on my 4x5 Cham.

    Any info on the value ?

    J

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    Re: CHOROSKOP II Brass Wide angle Meniscus Lens ?

    It is very uncommon, but unless there are at least 2 goerz collectors who want every model that CP Goerz ever made, it would have the same value as the very common small Lancaster meniscii. I have sold around 5 of these during the past six months in the F/S section for small amounts. Meniscus lenses are fun.

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    This was one sold for 120 Euro

    http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/...choroskop-no-2

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    Re: CHOROSKOP II Brass Wide angle Meniscus Lens ?

    I have one of these sans the shutter. Never used it yet, maybe in the spring..

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