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360 Degree Scientific Large Format Lens (4x5) For Crown Graflex Film Camera and

One Of The Most Unusual 360 Degree Large Forma Lenses You Will Ever See On This

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Description:  In today’s digital everything world we are proud to offer you a chance to acquire a fully functioning piece of historical hardware of the highest quality ever produced by one of the leading scientific manufacturing  companies in the USA.

This listing fixed price sale is for an extremely rare 360 degree scientific lens that is mounted to a Graflex 4 x 5 Press Camera or can be mounted to a variety of other still or digital cameras.

This lens was produced most likely in the early 1960’s by Space Optics Research Labs, still operating today in New Hampshire.
To quote the manufacturer:
“At SORL, we are focused on producing optics to the highest levels of precision possible. After over a half-century in the optical industry, we remain the leader in producing high quality aspheric optical systems and instrumentation for a wide range of research and test applications.
We also produce a wide range of reflective components and accessories that provide precise solutions to the problems of optical testing in the airborne, space-based, and astronomical applications. Our goal is to develop the analytical tools required for tomorrow's optical research. Our commitment is to help you.”

This lens is unique in that it was one of the first ever 360 degree lenses made. We know of no other of this scientific type.
There is a lesser quality Nikon 6mm Fisheye 280 degree lens that sold for $160,000. The US government most likely paid hundreds of thousands of dollars

The lens was made to capture a 360 degree image from a high vantage point, from an astronomical setting, an aircraft, from a balloon, or other locations where the photographer wanted to capture the entire visual sphere  of what he was photographing.

You may observe that the lens bottom contains a highly polished mirror that is surrounded by optical quality glass and a metal bottom shoe. The lens is very robust and weighs approximately 60 pounds. There are mounting bolts on top of the alignment ring. There is also a critical focusing ring.

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Is this item covered by the United States Munitions List (USML)? No
Product has Conformance Documentation No
Product has Inspection / Test Reports No
Product has Traceability Documentation No
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