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    Does this lens deserve a Green Card?

    There some things about this Petzval that just didn’t look right.

    First of all, it was the colour of the brass. I would have sworn that the auctioneer had messed up the photos, but the brass...
  2. Re: Brexit trade (custom) treaty - and Global Shipping Program (for EU trades)

    I can describe what has happened with “case study 2”. The parcel was sent with absolutely no data as to contents and value (from a well know auction house!). I had even emailed that they should give...
  3. Re: Who knows this lens Liesegang Tachyskop 24 n°2?

    See here

    https://www.antiquecameras.net/lensvademecum.html
  4. Re: Who knows this lens Liesegang Tachyskop 24 n°2?

    This is the link for the document[/QUOTE]

    This link is to the pirate copy of the Lens VM - the version with occasional figures/pictures. It (the LVM) is not a reliable source for non-UK...
  5. Re: Who knows this lens Liesegang Tachyskop 24 n°2?

    I did a Little research when it was listed a few weeks ago on eBay Europe.
    I recall that the lens mounting system looked very Projection lens like.
    Searches on “Tachyskop” Lead me to data about...
  6. Re: Brexit trade (custom) treaty - and Global Shipping Program (for EU trades)

    I did try to convince US sellers to change their listing in the past. It is the buyer who has “hassle” with VAT due to incorrect application of rates and we can easily manage that locally.

    I have...
  7. Re: Attempt to turn a 1880’s Studio Camera into a “Flat Pack” version

    I have been delayed by the problems of getting hold of a selection of fasteners so I can decide which system is the easiest for amateur assembly and disassembly - and a style which is not incongruous...
  8. Re: Brexit trade (custom) treaty - and Global Shipping Program (for EU trades)

    I refuse to bid on high value items that are linked to Pitney Global Shipping as they give no option for refunds on collectors/antique items. They are OK with low value items when “fixed...
  9. Re: Brexit trade (custom) treaty - and Global Shipping Program (for EU trades)

    This is just one person's experience of how import Eu/UK and UK/EU has gone.
    Especialy as regards the 5% VAT rate for antiques/collectibles.

    Case study 1. Export from Denmark to the Uk....
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    Re: mystery Hermann lens?

    French maker of lens and French retailer with sales outlet in Berlin. Remember there is a “Krauss” in Paris as well. And Dallmeyer is hardly a typical English name, either!

    LATER!

    Google search...
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    Re: mystery Hermann lens?

    Just off to a Grand daughter’s birthday - but yes there is a French Berthier. “Cie” is French isn’t it? More later.
  12. Re: Attempt to turn a 1880’s Studio Camera into a “Flat Pack” version

    I explained to custombellows that the collapsed width of the bellows is pretty unimportant, as the shortest focal length I can image is around 12”. OK, I suppose it could be used for CdeVs around 6”,...
  13. Attempt to turn a 1880’s Studio Camera into a “Flat Pack” version

    I have too many heavy mahogany/cherry/teak/walnut cameras studio dinosaurs that came with an exciting lens mounted.
    These are of the type “collection only” cameras - not so much of their weight -...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    Really lens porn here

    Grubby Plasticca 600mm to be picked up from storage in The Netherlands on a very poor condition huge studio camera/support.
    Internet timed auction. The engraving is very...
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    Re: CC Harrison lens

    Garrett I am not guilty!
    The remarks about quality of CC were made by Carlylee2002 not me - see #3.
    - who, I suppose, might be another Steve in this thread,
    I know better than to comment on the...
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    Re: CC Harrison lens

    It is the lens in the second photo that is described as being originally fitted with radial drive. It is the lens lurking in the background in the final (4th) photo. The OP has managed to not show us...
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    Re: canada balsam: how thin?

    Sorry, just seen this!
    “Too much xylene it will set too quickly”
    No - the reverse is true!
    Never be afraid of thinning too much.
    If you warm both glasses up to around 60 degrees C, you will find...
  18. Re: Archaic/Proto Euryscope - Part 2 Wide-Angled type

    So, the first wide-angled Euryscopes were in fact Series VII.

    My new no. 5, 28,199 without the later Series number engravings, matches the data for for the number 5 below.
    Sizes up to 4 had...
  19. Re: Is this Fungus ? I can´t identify, need help

    A separation, cleaning and re balsaming will work perfectly, but really this so minor that I wouldn’t bother.

    Here is a similar example - found on EBay!
  20. Re: Is this Fungus ? I can´t identify, need help

    It is patchy breakdown of the glue layer (canada balsam or early synthetics) which gives a Cloudy appearance due to separation of a solid layer on the surfaces of the two lenses. Could be due to...
  21. Re: Detective work with “Extra” Engravings!

    This is early Voigtlander Petzval sold recently.
    It has a nice engraving around the brass lens hood - not quite kosher for Voigtlander. The style of the engraving is absolutely correct and is,...
  22. Re: Archaic/Proto Euryscope - Part 2 Wide-Angled type

    My experience is the larger the format and the greater number of cameras/lenses one owns -the smaller the annual production of negatives and time spent in the dark room.
    I fortunately called a halt...
  23. Re: Archaic/Proto Euryscope - Part 2 Wide-Angled type

    I have been patiently waiting for more contributions for many years - in vain!

    Even D’Agostini’s very long list of identified Voigtlanders up to around 30,000 doesn’t produce any likely wide angle...
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    I found a rather attractive “wood and brass” photo of 5334 on the net. This is an unusually complete version (with 3 washer stops) and without Waterhouse slot adaption. Have added the details to post...
  25. Re: Brexit trade (custom) treaty - and Global Shipping Program (for EU trades)

    It is all very depressing!

    In the “Good Old Days” a lot of items I bought from North America passed through the Danish Post Office with no demand for the Import VAT. Then the idea of an...
  26. Re: Brexit trade (custom) treaty - and Global Shipping Program (for EU trades)

    I am a bit surprised at the confusion!

    Everything imported into the EU above a nominal value incurs:

    1. The national VAT tax ( for Denmark, this is 25% of the total value - including transport...
  27. Re: A source of valuable data on French lens makers and their products.

    I have always found friendliness and good service from “le reve edition”. I must have received the “very last!!” Jamin/Darlot between Xmas and the New Year. At least, until there are more!
    It is not...
  28. Detective work with “Extra” Engravings!

    I have a number of Jamin and Jamin/Darlot small size CdeV petzval lenses. The earliest of these is from around 1857 - with the very simple block letters JAMIN PARIS engraving and with no mention of...
  29. Re: Any idea about the maker of this Petzval?

    Here is the latest take on Vienna/Braunschweig addition/final move from D’Agostini.

    You might want to remove the footnote ads before the Mods discover them!
  30. Re: Jamin Darlot Convertible "Can Type" vs Cone Centralisateur

    Will be adding some new info/photos during the next few hours - a lot to source but will just add on to this skeleton reply gradually. As this is most comprehensive thread on Jamin/Darlot innovations...
  31. Re: A source of valuable data on French lens makers and their products.

    Well, my Christmas present arrived AFTER Christmas.
    Jamin/Darlot edition. It doesn’t appear to clear up some of the confusion about the range and variations around 1855-1858 but contributes some...
  32. Re: Metal Film Sheaths: how to make them?

    The sheet metals I have access to have been either zink or electroplate (galvanised!) steel. Bending over a straight edge to the 90˚ position, then with as much Care as possible, Down to 180˚ with a...
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    Re: post alternative techniques

    Nice to see you back here Emil - we have been worried!

    I hope your hardware collection has found homes which appreciate them and use them - although, unfortunately not to artistic
    Levels you...
  34. Re: Metal Film Sheaths: how to make them?

    Yes, I have made Them from a range of sheet metals. Allow for more clearance than you calculate/Measure.
    Sheaths are not necessary with book-type plate holders - in fact, they are a hinderance in...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    My impression is that supply is still low, but demand is slowly going up!

    Kodak 405mm. Very, very clean on Swedish Corona adapted web auction. Equivalent to 1,214 usd.
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    Re: One way to fix lens separation

    There is really very little separation with air spacing development when Canada balsam begins to break down. There are some some small areas close to the edge but by then there is an opaque sandwich...
  37. Re: Beck Biplanat Series II No 8, 17" f/6

    No, but Beck is suspected as having had a relationship with perhaps Steinheil or/and Busch so this is probably one of the many “planat” series aus Deutschland! Beck was really a microscope company...
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    Re: One way to fix lens separation

    Yes - for modern UV synthetic glues where there are very small distances between the hard glue surface/air space/lens surface.

    NO - for Canada Balsam separation. The balsam never becomes a...
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    Re: One way to fix lens separation

    Methylene Chloride (Old fashioned paint remover) is a very nasty item(for the user) and is no longer available in most parts of the world. And the inclusion of ammonia reminds me that I have lost two...
  40. Re: Seroco Camera / C.C. Harrison lens rebuild.

    http://piercevaubel.com/cam/misc/serocoview.htm

    There are CCHarrison threads in the lens section. Post camera photos in the camera section - but lens details and photo in the lens section.
    Use...
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