Lens for an Exakta Sept 9, 2012 8:35:23 GMT -5
Post by SidW on Sept 9, 2012 8:35:23 GMT -5
Rachel, you have the evidence in front of you. Irrefutable.
I'd taken it for granted my Meyer 180mm/3.5 had both bayonets, my Exakta II (1949) being too early for the external bayonet. So now I'm puzzled and only have memory to go by.
I've just read that the original lens mount for Exakta II was enamelled black, but my recollection is that mine was shiny metal, so now I'm assuming the original owner had had the mount replaced (I bought the camera secondhand in 1959). There is evidence today among collectors that that modification was done. I can think of three possible reasons:
- The original lens lock was loose, as reported elsewhere on this thread.
- The original black mount was a tight fit for some lenses (the Exakta II that I bought a few years ago has a black mount like that).
- The previous owner wanted the external bayonet that was introduced in 1953.
I do recall that I knew about both bayonet fittings at the time, presumably from magazine articles and reviews, and from manufacturers' brochures. I also recall that I wasn't dismayed when the lens arrived, it fitted my Exakta II.
I keep checking sources while writing this and the history of the Meyer 180mm/3.5 lens gets more and more complicated. Aguila & Rouah report it being introduced in 1957, presumably the version Rachel shows in the photo. Capt. Jack and Wrotniak have incomplete accounts. But Hugo Ruys (http://www.ihagee.org/) has a comprehensive list compiled over many years of watching sales etc. He reports versions back to pre-WW2, and a preset iris from 1955, and preset with external bayonet from 1956.
I ordered mine new in 1959 or 60. I still have the box, with the number 2025546 on it. After seeing Hugo Ruys's list, I'm now wondering if that lens could have been avilable to order with either bayonet.