Fujinon A series

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Does someone know what this lens series is optimized for? I guess "A" stands for "APO" and I have read Kerry Thalmann's praises for this lens(9/240mm). As an alternative to an Apo-Ronar, would this lens handle close-ups and repro as well as general landscape photography? I have a nice brochure that describes the lens but... in japanese!

-- Paul Schilliger (pschilliger@smile.ch), November 27, 2000


Paul, my 1982 Fuji brochure (in English) doesn't help. However, when D.O. Industries, Fuji's US importer at that time, sent it to me, they included a small booklet comparing Fuji lenses to those from Schneider, Rodenstock and Nikkor. I know of at least one error in this booklet; it erroneously claimed the 250mm f/6.7 was EBC multicoated, while in fact that lens was only single coated. So, take this with a grain of salt. The AS series, which included 180mm, 240mm, 300mm and 360mm lenses, all f/9, is listed as "Wide Field Apochromatic Lens Series EBC Coated. Optimized for 1:1 to 1:5."

-- Sal Santamaura (bc_hill@qwestinternet.net), November 27, 2000.

I have an old Calumet catalog from the '80s that lists Fujinon lenses including the A series. It clearly states that: these are 6- element, "super-apochromatic" lenses in which... They are designed for close-up and copy work. It does not specifically say, corrected for 1:1.

-- Steve Barth (wsbarth@networld.com), November 27, 2000.

Hello Paul

Sure A mean APO . Fuji A series are really nice lens. I make same picture with my 360 Fuji A and APo ronar 360 and result are really close. In fact I prefer the Fuji. It will handle close up without any problem as well landscape . it also have a large circle.

-- Nze christian (cnze@club-internet.fr), November 28, 2000.

The A series is about the same as the AS Focal Cover Film 2 Brand Model E/G Length AP Circle Flange Fujinon AS 6/4 240 9.0 336 240

here s the file I found on the lens page of the site. It should good starting file but I think that A have a little more large circle.

-- Nze christian (cnze@club-internet.fr), November 28, 2000.

Paul, indeed AS stands for "super apo". I used to have their AS/180 lens. A real star, excellent for close-ups. I deeply regret parting with it.

-- Trevor Crone (tcrone@gm.dreamcast.com), November 28, 2000.

Thanks to all for the convincing feedback! The lens seems to be an improved version of the G-Claron design. I know there are still a few 240 to pick new. What about the 180?

-- Paul Schilliger (pschilliger@smile.ch), November 29, 2000.

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