Voigtländer Heliar 360mm F4.5
you ask seasoned shooters what favourite lens they would name, many
would say a Heliar. Those are masterpieces of german optical design and
famous in the Large format community for their smooth portrait rendering
and absolute stunning bokeh. Just google up the internet for sample
images shot with Heliar.
It is a really impressive piece. The focal lenght is 360mm (or 14") and the image circle is HUGE here. As long as i remember it was advertised to cover 8x10, but it will cover up to 12x15.
The condition of this specimen is quite good. The lens is in absolute 100% working condition: the aperture mooves smoothly forth and back. The glass shows only minimal cleaning marks and some light deteoration lines in the rear element (see last picture), and some air bubbles (sign of quality glass!). Besides that its still clear without any damage, haze or fungus. The image on the groundglass is outstanding.
The most interesting part with this specimen is the fact that it is a very early version. The Heliar was patented in 1900, and this lens has the Serial number 84.298 which dates it back into the year 1904. This early version was mainly made out of aluminium (later versions were made of brass), which makes this Heliar a lightweight compared to its younger peers. Including the flange it weights only 1.500gr, later Heliars weight almost as double that!
The lens comes with a fitting flange.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 20 eur
Worldwide - 50 eur
*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)
Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.