inforamtion about a kowa lens : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

greetings: i have searched the archives with no luck trying to find information about a kowa lens. it is marked 1:075/65mm. i know kowa made a lot of medium format lenses, projector lenses and large format lenses. this one looks like a large format lens, but i am at a loss about what it will cover. does anyone know where i might find information about the kowa company to see if they list this sort of information on their website? i have searched with google , alltheweb ( and alta vista with no luck. thanks in advance for your help ( as usual:))! - john

-- jnanian (, February 20, 2002


Kowa has not been in business for over 20 years. I have a couple of these very fine camera's and I also have the lens manuels, send me an e and I will send you a copy of it. Pat

-- pat krentz (, February 21, 2002.

It is a relay lens from a fluoroscope machine, used to image the screen on film. Very specialized, useless for most general photographic purposes. There seems to be a company in Ohio that's dismantling fluoroscopes and selling the lenses on eBay.

-- Dan Fromm (, February 21, 2002.

Kowa is still in bussiness but not making cameras or camera lenses. TRhey make great spotting scopes and specialized glass for industrial and labratory uses. James

-- james (, February 23, 2002.

Kowa also made process lenses which make fine LF taking lenses, but 65mm seems a tad (OK, a lot) short for a process lens

-- Wayne (, February 23, 2002.

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