Iston lenses worth bothering? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I was a photo warehouse today and I was shown an "Iston" 240mm LF lens made in China. It was very cheap for such a lens and had a pretty ridiculously wide aperture, something like f3.5

Has anyone used one of these and are they any good?



-- Paul Freeman (, August 25, 2001


Dear Paul, no I didn't use a 240mm Iston, infact, I believe that you refer to a barrel lens which might have been equipping one of their "atelier camera", unusual though it might seem, these barrel lenses can be surprisingly bright (3,5 my word.....), generally tessars with good results in portraiture, if they are cheap always buy....

-- Andrea Milano (, August 25, 2001.

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