E. Suter Basel Rapid Aplanat 300mm F6
History: A very interesting small lens for portrait and outdoor work. E. Suter was one of the earliest and most reknowed optical makers in the early years of photography. He was well known and respected for his well built Aplanat series, and also for the Rapid Portrait series which had a portrait petzval layout. This speciman is a good example for the Rapid Rectilinear / Aplanat layout lens. It was introduced 1866 and very fast became the to go landscape lens, since it offered a lightweight and compact design combined with an absolute corrected image field.
Condition: The brass is in ok shape, showing quite some wear and patina allover. The best part here is a working aperture iris, which gives you the full aperture control here. The glass is a not bad but not great condition, the front shows some minor edge seeration and there are some cleaning marks in the rear. Both wont affect the image quality here, the image on the groundglass was very sharp on all apertures.
With its focal lenght of about 300mm and an image circle of over 40cm it will cover formats up to 25cm x 30cm (or 11"x14"). The lens is overall corrected (aplanat design) and shows a remarable sharpness all throughout the image field.
The lens comes with a fitting flange!
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 20 eur
Worldwide - 60 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.