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The lengendary Schneider 30 element f1.8 : 6 - 180 mm Variogon zoom lens for Super-8...


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#1 Nicholas Kovats

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:17 PM

... was a c - mount prototype made by Schneider in the late 1970's, i.e.

http://www.schneider.../variogon_e.htm

I wonder how many Super 8 c - mount face plates collapsed under the sheer weight of this honken lens?

Way back when Schneider had actually sent me the optical engineering diagram for this zoom monster. I had actually forgotten of it's existence until some semi-related Googling revealed it's previous existence.

Ouch!

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 04:29 PM

Holy mega zoom batman! 180 f/1.8 would be heavy enough by it self. Buckeled face plates is right. Did they make any of these, cause the text makes it sound like they were produced.
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 09:45 PM

I doubt if they ever put this monster zoom into production. It would never have been profitable in the Super 8 market, i.e. how many global users could actually justify it's expense? It's actually bad design to have mate it to a puny c mount without any proper lens support...

...which would have incurred additional expense on the part of the user.

A interesting casuality in the historic Super 8 zoom wars.
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