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hk<font color="gray">Item Name : </font> <font color="#FF8080">Carl Zeiss Jena 433mm f8 Brass Lens</font> <br /> <font color="gray"> Serial no. : </font> <font color="#FF8080">52865</font> <br /> <font color="gray"> History : </font> <font color="#FF808">Extraordinary Series IIa Anastigmat Protar 433mm f/8 lens, a legendary variant of Paul Rudolph's original anastigmat design with an unusual 3-element rear optical cell providing extremely flat field and surprising 75 degree coverage (ultra large format photographers take note!), made by Carl Zeiss of Jena, Germany, in the late 1890's (serial number 52865). This lens actually originated in the famous Carl Zeiss lens collection, the massive patent and prototype research museum of over two thousand lenses Zeiss maintained in Jena across five decades, from their very earliest models of 1889 up through the 1940's, and also included hundreds of examples of important and influential optics from their many competitors as well. The collection was brought to America by the United States military in 1945 just before Jena fell into Russian control, then after a few years of research under the Signal Corps it was handed over to Burke & James in the early 1950's for safe keeping in their own famous "lens bank", until eventually in the 1960's-1970's B&J (and Burleigh Brooks) sold it off to the public.</font> <br /> <font color="gray"> Glass Description : </font> <font color="#FF808">very few very very faint cleaning marks ,no haze,Superb Glass !!!gorgeous golden patina to the brass construction, and smoothly operating iris diaphragm (seventeen blades forming a perfect circle...imagine the superb bokeh!) calibrated in millimeters for the most precise adjustments.</font> <br /> <font color="gray"> Remark : </font> <font color="#FF8080"></font> <br /> <font color="gray"> Barrel condition : </font> <font color="#FF8080">EX+++(Superb Barrel !!!)</font> <br /> <font color="gray"> Price : </font> <font color="#FF8080">$9000</font>