Voigtländer Heliar 480mm 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.
Now you will find Heliars here and there on ebay, ive sold myself quite a couple. Mostly 300mm and 360mm focal lenght. I also had three 420mm in my hands during the last 3 or 4 years. But this is the only the second version of a 480mm i have even seen for years, in real life and here on ebay. They were really only a few that were ever made by Voigtländer and were insanly(!) expensive back then. The few that suirvived all this years are quite undoubtly held by a few of the big collectors around the world. So this might be your one and only chance to aquire one of the finest pieces of optical engineering, there will very likely be no second chance!
It is a really impressive piece. The focal lenght is 480mm (or 19") and the image circle is HUGE here. As long as i remember it was advertised to cover 11x14, but it will undoubtly cover up to 14x17.
The condition of this beauty is quite impressive. This specimen is in absolute 100% working condition: the aperture mooves smoothly forth and back. The most important thing: the glass is in a good condition, showing only some small marks and air bubbles here and there. Voigtländer used only the best glass available for Heliar series. The image on the groundglass is outstanding.
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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. There will be no partial refund or return anymore.