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E. Suter "Stella" Portrait 290mm F5 (Soft Focus)

€750.00 Sold Out

Here you see a quite intriguing lens made by the swiss company  E. Suter in Basel. This "Stella" line features the Doppel Anastigmat layout, which also was used by Goerz and other manufacturers of that time, but here the layout was slightly changed and not symmetrical anymore. This makes the lens quite interesting: when stopped slightly down the lens offers a fantastic corrected and sharp image field like a Doppel Anastigmat would do. Wide open on the other hand, the lens shows a 'softened down' look, with sharp outlines but with softer transitions, not unlike the soft focus effect the Universal Heliar or the Cooke Portrait lens did offer. This makes this a very unique soft focus portrait lens (not pictorial though).

The focal lenght is 290mm (or 11 1/2") at a max. aperture of F5. The lens is best used up to 8x10 portrait. Another interesting part here is the original Suter FL extending front attachment, which makes it a 360mm F5.6 lens if attached. This way it is even useable up to 11x14 formats.


The condition of the lens is absolutely good. The golden laquere shows only minimal wear here and there. The glass is in a good condition mostly, only cleaning marks here and there, that wont affect the image quality at all. There is no haze and no fungus. The aperture is moving freely from F5 up to F32.


The lens comes with a fitting flange and the original FL extension.





height: 8cm
width: 7cm
weight: 650gr



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.


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