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Thread: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

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    Re: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    I think the diameter is given in VM. I note that there were SMALL ARS, MEDIUM ARS and LARGE ARS models - a model for everybody! Perhaps one of our italian corespondents could cast a little light on the selection of the word ars.
    isn't "ARS" latin for "Art"

    we have a famous choir here in DK, called Ars Nova - meaning "new music"...

    an Art lens - "kunst objektive"?

    (Aand couldnt we then translate "SMALL ARS, MEDIUM ARS and LARGE ARS " to "insignificant - normal and Great ART" ? )
    Last edited by Emil Schildt; 23-Jan-2010 at 17:28. Reason: ..aand

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    Re: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

    Of course, Emil! Source of the word Art.
    Sorry about my frivolous contribution. I've had the giggles for days! I would personally prefer to a large ars than a small ars.

    Sven, could you post a picture of the Ars? The description in VM and your own comments make it sound like a very interesting mechanical design?

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    Re: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

    Hi
    Wish I had more time to shoot at the moment and could post some results as well, so for now you'll have to make do with pics of the thing itself.
    Regards
    Sven

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    Re: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

    Many thanks. Now I know what to look out for!

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    Re: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

    Old thread, but thought I would post a couple of images taken with my 9 inch Spencer Port-land lens and developed earlier this month in Ilfolsol 3 1+14. I apologize for the dusty scan, images from separate TMAX negatives, but my "victim" (she doesn't like me to take her picture) made the same expression....I like the diffused look.
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    Re: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

    In this period of no cameraeccentric reference data, I can link to an old advert from James Sinclair who was the UK importer of the Spencer Portland. He added his engraving on the reverse side of the barrel.

    http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/images/...inclair551.jpg

    He made a nasty error in the smaller ones (6" and 9") as they are faster at F4.5!

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    Re: Spencer lens co Port-land -soft focus- info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    There were at least 3 designs for the port-land/portland! The first with Port-land seems to be with a run of about 1,000 (serial numbers) as all the reported sn are under this figure. The second was that shown in this thread - without sn - with the text on the metal front without serial nr. The third can be seen as long term offer on ebay at present which has a similar identification - extensive engraving with more data - on the internal front rim. Serial numbers numbers have returned! Very high numbers suggesting a new producer with lots of other irons in the fire. Models 2 and 3 could have been models 3 and 2 (chronologically).
    I have a 11.5 PORT-LAND F 5.6 that is an early style with 4 digit serial 2776... Aluminum barrel with brass aperture ring...

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