Rodenstock's supply of Copal shutters ran out in 2019 and Rodenstock has not produced a lens with a Copal shutter option since. During 2019, Rodenstock designed and manufactured a new Aperture-Only (AO) or Aperture-Stop mount and deliveries began in late 2019.
Please note: Rodenstock AO lenses do not provide a sync terminal for strobe lighting. Exposure control and strobe syncing must be controlled by the capture device - a digital back or digital camera.
Additionally, using the electronic shutter of a digital back or mirrorless camera may have drawbacks for some photographers with fast moving activity - people, vehicles, etc. in motion or with 1/60s (or higher) flash syncing. The effect is called rolling shutter and is greatest when fast moving subjects pass by close to the camera position. There should be few problems for the technical camera user with landscapes and architecture, or for studio view camera photographers shooting static subjects.
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Manufacture of the Copal leaf shutter began in 1946, by the Copal Company in Japan. It was the standard mechanical shutter used by Rodenstock, Schneider, Fuji and Nikon for their large format lenses. The Copal Company ceased production in 2016, but supply remained available over the next few years.
Today, a used lens with a Copal shutter is the most economical large format lens option available. Existing Copal shutters can still be reliable and durable when cared for in transport and operation. At this time, Copal shutters on large format lenses can be replaced with a shutter from another lens, or repaired in the USA at SK Grimes or other repair stations. If you need to replace a shutter, the aperture scales can be transferred to the new shutter or SK Grimes can make new aperture scales at an additional charge.
Rodenstock's supply of remaining Copal shutters ran out in 2019. Since then, Rodenstock has not produced a lens with a mechanical shutter option. During 2019, Rodenstock replaced the mechanical Copal shutter with a new Aperture-Only (AO) or Aperture-Stop mount. Phase One has the newer X-Shutter to which existing lenses can be remounted, but the control of the shutter currently works only with their IQ4 digital backs. Additionally, Arca-Swiss can now offer lenses mounted in X-Shutter.
Caring for Copal and other leaf or central point shutters