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    Stanley London Bridge SE lens

    Any information about it?

    Stanley, London Bridge, London, UK. Channing and Dunn describe a instrument maker with wide interest and abilities, so he could have made lenses but it seems likely he dealt in ready made ones. A brass lens for 1/1plate No87,15x is known with the above engraving. (NB Do not confuse with Staley, a well known importer, above.)

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    Re: Stanley London Bridge SE lens

    This William Ford Stanley is the same "Stanley" who founded the tool company and also had a factory in South Norwood (southern suberbs of London). There is probably an engraving/photo of the London Bridge sales shop around on the net.

    So he could have made - at least the brass - without any expensive investment in machinary. It does look like a "unique".
    style (landscape meniscus?) and would not have been difficult to make. There is one of his cameras here which has a more conventional RR.
    http://earlyphotography.co.uk/site/entry_C407.html

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    Re: Stanley London Bridge SE lens

    I owned one of these a few years ago, it was definitely a meniscus and it delivered a fair amount of out of focus swirl, in fact too much for me, which was why I sold it

    regards

    Andrew

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