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Schneider 47 1/2″ F15 APO Red Dot Artar

I affectionally call this incredibly rare and unique ultra large format lens “Big Bertha” because she has massive coverage: 1:10 28″x36″, 1:5 30″x35″, 1:2 36″x45″, 1:1 48″x64″.

This lens is rare because it carries the Schneider badge and is in an aluminum barrel, making it significantly lighter.

I purchased this lens from John Quicksilver in New Mexico, and he got it brand new from the personal collection of the USA president of Schneider Optics. The serial number is 019, and it still looks brand new to this day.

The regular Goerz version of this lens weighs over 8 pounds in comparison to this lens which is half the weight at 4 pounds. The Goerz brand is still difficult to find, but if you are patient, one will occasionally come up on eBay.

You might find a lens like mine once every 15 to 20 years.

I have to install my extension board to use this on my 16×20 camera but it natively works on 20×24.

The mounting hole = 105 mm and the width of the mounting flange is 137mm. My Sinar size standard lens boards are 139mm wide, so this lens will mount on my current config by 2 mm as shown in the photo below.

I purchased this lens to do some 16×20 wild horse landscapes. I have been following the wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri, since 2015, and I need the longest lens possible to give myself at least a chance at creating the wild horse landscape I envisioned.