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Computar Symmetrigon ..yikes!

John Kelly , Aug 24, 2007; 12:54 p.m.

Just won a Computar Symmetrigon 210/6.3 on 'bay.

Very poorly described, so I just rolled the dice, paid little more than two Graflex lens boards...and it came with one.

Literally mint, like new, immaculate...the Copal sounds perfect.

But...holy cow! This thing's huuuuuge!

The alleged 72deg coverage will nicely handle the fabulous Sinar-like movements on my Crown Graphic :-) :-) :-)

If the 4" built-in lens shade was removable (seems not easily) it could be a helmet for a certain crainially-challenged national leader.

So... anybody use one ? How ? What do you think ?

Sharp? Contrasty? That hood suggests anticipated flare...



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Ronald Moravec , Aug 24, 2007; 02:01 p.m.

They were among the best lenses that could be made with the techknology got the 1980`s.

Contact Prof Lynn Jones at U. Texas Austin for more details

Vijay Nebhrajani , Aug 24, 2007; 02:45 p.m.

If you think that is huge, wait till you see the Rodenstock Grandagon N 200mm f/6.8. That is one frightening hunk of glass - you'd be scared to drop it, for fear of losing your toes for good. Enjoy your lens!

Frank Szabo , Aug 24, 2007; 02:54 p.m.

John - Sell it to me!

Dan Fromm , Aug 24, 2007; 05:14 p.m.

Ron, I don't think Lynn Jones is at UT-Austin. He teaches (or taught?) at a community college in the Austin area.

John Kelly , Aug 24, 2007; 05:17 p.m.

Ronald, I Googled hard before bidding...Jones' name did pop up, suggesting he was the designer. Found a couple of raves but didn't find much that was useful...the earlier Computar not-symmetrigon version was said by one person to have had even wider coverage, serious movements on 8X10. A Japanese, maybe a distant Kowa-related, Horseman-related fantasy. Given the coverage I'd imagine mere 4X5 will take good advantage of its sweet spot.

j nanian , Aug 24, 2007; 05:47 p.m.


i have the 150 computar symmetrigon and it covers 8x10 ... nice lens you have there ...


John Kelly , Aug 24, 2007; 06:08 p.m.

j nanian...without heavy vignetting at infinity?

j nanian , Aug 24, 2007; 06:30 p.m.

nope, no vignetting ... mine has a "sunshade" on the front barrel, looks quite different than 15os i have seen posted here and there, and on eBoo.

Sheldon Hambrick , Aug 24, 2007; 06:44 p.m.

Damn! I was looking for one of those at a good price, and you got it!!


I had one back in 2000 that I should have never sold.

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