Turner Reich lens

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by hooman_aryan, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. I recently purchased a Turner-Reich Anast. F6.8 Series II lens, which
    can be mounted on a Copal 3 shutter. Depending to the mounting
    position on the shutter it could be used as 21-inch or 28-inch lens.

    Can anyone tell me what could I expect from this lens and its
    performance? I understand that this is not a high quality lens like
    today's lenses, but I like to know a bit more. What is this lens
    best suited for? Has anyone shot with this type of lens?

    I shot several 4x5 sheets just today, but haven't seen the results
    yet. I will post my findings as soon as I get a chance.
  2. jtk


    I used one extensively with 8X10 about thirty years ago. It's not a Nikor and it was a general purpose lens, not a dedicated portrait lens. I don't think it had enough "character" to use it with that in mind. A good utility lens in its day, and maybe not so much for little 4X5 film.
  3. Many many Hollywood glamour shots were shot with this lens (and the Cooke's). It's a fabulous lens without the coating, I used to own one. I wish I never got rid of it, but I was into 8x10" at the time and it all went at the same time for another system.

    I'm not sure how it will work with a 4x5". Some of the charm of the lens is the edge falloff with larger formats, but it should be a lot of fun.

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