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01-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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A. Schacht Ulm R Travenon 135mm f/4.5 lens head w/ Asahi M42 bellowscope

A. Schacht Ulm R Travenon 135mm f/4.5 lens head w/ Asahi M42 bellowscope - $99 now $49 plus shipping

Shipping $5 in US, available to elsewhere, please ask about rates.

This is a neat historical piece you can use to take very nice pictures: a Made In Germany lens head that for some reason is missing its focusing helicoid. Luckily enough the rear ring is M39, and so with an adapter ring it fits on an M42 bellows and can achieve focus from infinity down to about arm's length, with a pretty good magnification (more than 1:5, maybe 1:4). (I do use a small extension tube between the bellows and the body, for convenience of unscrewing, so your magnification may vary). Image quality is great, kind of special I think; maybe it is the preset design and the 16 (!!!) aperture blades. I suspect flare and fringing might be an issue outdoors, given the ancient coatings, but I have only used it inside. Unfortunately the encumbrance of the rig had kept me from using it as I should, which is why I am finally offering it to someone who might give it more use. I have seen a very few copies of this lens sell for significantly more on eBay, but always with a helicoid. On the other hand, this set includes a bellows that you can use with other M42 lenses too! It isn't in perfect condition, though - some of the black paint inside has flaked off, and it has developed some light leaks I have patched with gaffers tape. Not a perfect solution, but good enough for my work, and maybe yours too.

All items will arrive as described and work as described, or you get a full refund upon return. Please ask any questions you might have. Reasonable offers will be entertained, but a full price offer takes the item. I'll cover Paypal fees, but I won't mark as a gift.

Thanks for looking!
Nick

ps - info about lens manufacturer: Schacht - Camerapedia


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It looks like I overpriced this to start with, given some recent information. The few I had seen in the last year or two had been selling well over $100, but maybe that's not the market right now. Price adjusted!
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Bump - open to combining shipping with other stuff I have for sale!
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Here's a few sample shots. Open to offers. Cleaned some of the gunk off it, and it actually looks nicer than in the pictures.


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Now on eBay, starting at 99 cents!

A. Schacht Ulm R Travenon 135mm f/4.5 lens head w/ Asahi M42 bellowscope - Rare! | eBay

And sold, via eBay, for $88.

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