L.W. Kranz Euryscope 500mm F6
History: A very interesting Lens for the 8x10 and up to 14x17
formats. This specimen is engraved with 'L. W Kranz - Braunschweig' - Euryscop No 5'. L.W. Kranz
was a leading employee at Voigtländers Workshop in Braunschweig, he
built one of the first small Daguerrotype cameras for Voigtländera and
also helped to solve the chemical focus issue with early lenses. Later in the mid 1850ies
as Voigtländer started to move its production to Vienna, Kranz stayed
behing and opened up his own workshop for photographic equipment in
Braunschweig. His knowledge and craftsmanship guaranteed the same
level of quality level as Voigtländers lenses.
This masterpiece of german lens making from the late 1870ies. The Extra Rapid Euryscop offers the best of the two worlds, its well corrected (way more then the petzval design), but also offers a quite high open aperture of F6 (way faster then the stadard aplanat). Kranzs version is sligthly longer then the corresponding Voingtländer No 5. With its 500mm focal lenght it will work best for formats from 8x10 up to 14x17, offering an interesting image field for group portraits and also landscape work.
Condition: the lens is in very good condition, showing only some amount of wear, but still a fine and authentic patina. The glass is in really really good condition, it shows some cleaning marks as always, but overall it is very clear and doesnt show any signs of seperation, haze or fungus. All in all i tested this baby on the ground glass and the image was very nice with a very sharp center.
Lens comes with a fitting flange.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 80 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.