View Full Version : Gundlach Achromatic Meniscus Portrait f6 16-1/4" f stops: 6, 8, 12, 16, 24?

Tin Can
7-Jan-2018, 17:03
I have a nice one in hand, I have read about it below,



Galli Pics lost here. http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?27056-lt-warning-gt-Boring-BS-Soft-Focus-Pics-lt-warning-gt-Spencer-Portland-Achromatic-Meniscus!&p=255337&viewfull=1#post255337

and of course here, page way down http://www.antiquecameras.net/softfocuslenses2.html

The f stops are odd, is this some other system? It's marked f6, f8, f12, f16, f24. Any ideas about the stops?

And no the iris is not unscrewing for me. But I didn't try really hard.

I will be shooting it with same era glass plate later tonight.

Jim Jones
8-Jan-2018, 08:02
The progression of f stops is logical, starting from f/6 and decreasing the exposure one stop for each of the marked stops. Using traditional f/numbers is better if one is using DOF charts or exposure guidelines from film data. The system on the Gundlach may be better for the less technical photographer who prefers a consistent system starting with the maximum aperture of the lens instead of the familiar f/number series.

Tin Can
8-Jan-2018, 10:16
Thanks, Jim. It does look geometrical. I just never saw that progression before.

I am definitely the less technical photographer.