View Full Version : Barrel lenses for Speed Graphic

1-Dec-2017, 09:01
I got my speed graphic up and running and want to know everyones favorite lens to use on the camera. Of course there's the Aero Ektar, but I haven't had a chance to actually try one out.

Dan Fromm
1-Dec-2017, 09:42
Barrel lenses? Speed Graphic? Anything that covers the format and that will focus to infinity and usefully closer. There are too many to list.

And don't overlook lenses in broken shutters.

1-Dec-2017, 13:24
What's your style?

1-Dec-2017, 13:35
I specifically bought a Speed Graphic for the focal plane shutter so I could use old Petzval lenses with it. I've also considered using some homemade meniscus lenses with it, but I haven't gotten around to that yet.

1-Dec-2017, 13:58
Someone I know took apart a set of binoculars and sent me one of the bottom sections. I glued it to a lensboard and it does work. I added a quasi-waterhouse stop to make it kinda f8 - ish. There might be more out of focus than in, but the right subject can look cool.


1-Dec-2017, 20:34
i love using junk folder lenses !

1-Dec-2017, 23:14
This is my work, but I'm open to experimenting--especially with old lenses.


I realize there are a ton of options--just sort of trying to find a good place to start looking for lenses that are more off the beaten track and might yield interesting results!

2-Dec-2017, 09:21
I've used a bunch.. One of the things you'll find in old barrel lenses is that the apertures are more often rounder than shuttered lenses typical of the 1950's onward. This alone makes for a smoother rendering of the background, through there are many variables that affect that and this is but one. Get a fishing reel case to store the mounted lenses. If you are handy with a table saw (or hand tools), you can make lensboards as needed.

planatograph (cheap Rapid Rectilinear) which is at the same time well behaved and gently vintage looking. Came off of some old folder most likely.

Trioplan (triplet) in LF have much smoother bokeh than the hyped recent 35mm remake.

Reinhold Wollaston Menisicus; soft or smooth as you want. Slightly lower contrast than some of the expensive soft focus lenses.

Various ancient soft focus lenses.

Tessars... Old tessars with round apertures have a very nice 1930's-1940's look to the images. Sort of authentic look and great for portraits too.

One thing I haven't used much is the petzval. Inexpensive ones don't have apertures. Ones with apertures cost good money and I'm not adding lenses at the moment. If I want swirl, I'll use my Aero Ektar wide open.

Daniel Unkefer
3-Dec-2017, 12:56
Schneider Componons make excellent taking lenses (if you desire something more modern) and are generally a lot of lens for the money.

I have a complete set of the chrome Componons and they are all excellent performers.

Here's the big 300mm Componon mounted on one of my Plaubel Makiflexes.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8733/28322964803_846672315f_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/K9NAFn)Makiflex Bellows Attachment (https://flic.kr/p/K9NAFn) by Nokton48 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/18134483@N04/), on Flickr