Lenses

Black and white example photographs taken with a 4x5 Speed Graphic

Color example photographs taken with a Sony a7iii through a custom 3D printed adapter and Zhongyi Lens Turbo II for EOS-M4/3

The model in most of the example photos is my pregnant wife
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Type: Darlot Cascet Portrait
Date: c1876

Notes: Complete cascet set in box, but had to rebuild the wooden internal support.  Shown here is just the portrait configuration.

Type: Darlot Hemispherical From BF and Co
Date: c1876

Notes: Serial No. 4037

Type: Darlot Hemispherical From HR and Co
Date: c1881

Notes: Serial No. 5079

Type: Voigtlander Portrait RR Series 1
Date: c1881

Notes: Stock is f/4 but the aftermarket iris appears to be f/9.2 wide open down to fully closed.

Type: Dallmeyer Telephoto Attachment
Date: July 29, 1896

Notes: This is the matching teleaccessory for the Stigmatic Series II No. 5 below.  Serial No. 55,981 and the same lens that is photographed in the Lens Collector’s Vade Mecum.  This thing is incredibly hard to focus and responds closer to f/32 when the No. 5 is full open.

Type: Dallmeyer Stigmatic Series II No. 5
Date: June 2, 1898

Notes: This is the main lens for a matching teleaccessory (1800’s telephoto lens.) This is also Serial No. 58,407 and the same lens that is photographed in the Lens Collector’s Vade Mecum with its matching teleaccessory.

Type: Bausch and Lomb Three Focus RO and C Co
Date: c1902

Notes: This is the main lens from my 1902 Pony Premo 6, but the example black and white photos were taken on the 4×5 Speed Graphic, even though this is nominally a 5×7 lens.  The Pony Premo 6 uses 5×7 plates, but the bellows create blocks that result in only 4×5 exposures.

Type: 8 Inch Cooke Series II
Date: 1908

Notes: This is the main lens from my 1908 5×7 Press Graflex which is sadly not yet functional.  The example photographs were taken on the 4×5 Speed Graphic.

Type: 5 Inch Cooke
Date: 1915

Notes: I fell in love with the 8 Inch Cooke so picked up this 5 Inch to natively fit the 4×5 Speed Graphic.

Type: Bausch and Lomb Kodak Ball Bearing
Date: c1920

Notes: The lens from a c1920 disassembled Kodak No. 3A Folding Autographic Brownie that used 122 Autographic Film.

Type: 135mm Graflex Optar
Date: c1945

Notes: This is the stock lens and front shutter from my 1945 4×5 Speed Graphic.

Type: 250mm Imagon
Date: c1963

Notes: Standard soft focus Imagon with complete set of aperture plates.