600mm lens

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Hi, Im looking for a 600mm lens(for8x10inch).I know the Fujinon C 600.But now I have seen a 600 mm Goerz lens(Dagor/Artar?) advertised in View Camera.Know anyone the Goerz lens.I have never bought or used a "older" lens.Is there something special to look when I buy one.


-- Achim Casper (acaphoto@planet-interkom.de), January 24, 2001


You probably saw the 24" Artar. Only 2 suggestions, make sure it's coated (single coatings only). And watch out for the shutter, it's a #5 I believe and may not be in the best of shape. You might need to buy a lens in barrel and have it mounted in a shutter. Artars are great lenses by the way.

-- Wayne DeWitt (wdewitt@snip.net), January 24, 2001.

The Fujinon is a wonderful lens, sharp, small, 620 mm image circle. The lens you saw is probably an Artar, but Goerz did make a few 24" Dagors (though all the catalogues say no). One is for sale at Glennview right now:


The Artar is a newer design and will be sharper, presumably. Chief advantage of the older Dagor will be coverage, in the case of a 24", it would cover 20 X 24 with extreme movements. I bought a 19" to cover 12 X 20 with lots of movement, even a 16" will supposedly cover with a fair amount of movement.

Hope this is helpful,


-- Nathan Congdon (ncongdon@jhmi.edu), January 24, 2001.

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