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  1. Re: Anthony’s Patent Plate Holder - why was it not continued?

    Yes indeed - and they were called Zephyr holders
  2. Re: Anthony’s Patent Plate Holder - why was it not continued?

    The two 8x10 Athens plate holders are in really good condition. I can’t tell whether it is because of the design’s qualities or that they just haven’t been used much. There is certainly little wear...
  3. Anthony’s Patent Plate Holder - why was it not continued?

    In a rather round-about way, I have come to own a couple of these very different plate holders from the 1880’s. It seems to me like a really genius idea/patent. Why did they not become an industry...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I have seen a Plasticca sold with nicely made large Imagon type insert stops. This would slow it down as well as retaining some of the aberrations. I did some experiments (cardboard) with a 600mm...
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    Re: Some Soft Focus Lens Sales Information

    I have the impression that both supply and demand are down.

    I think most people interested in portraits/pictorialism are well stocked up on a wide range of suitable lenses and there are not waves...
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    Re: What is the "object" in this lens?

    Maltfalc!

    Of course, it’s not separation. Separation means the existence of two or more distinct parts or approaches to separation when there is reduced bonding between two glass surfaces.

    For...
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    Re: Dating Derogy lens

    This is not a problem - actually, it is quite surprising that so many DO have the markings after so many years!
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    Re: What is the "object" in this lens?

    The two commercial threads appear after 4 weeks membership!

    I would not describe this as separation. It is a bit like a snowflake developing in clouds. The balsam/glue is sort of “crystallizing”...
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    Re: older type of Sinar Norma (DB) Shutter?

    I have absolutely no idea! Sorry.
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    Your rediscovery certainly brought about a stream of information about Lerebours which has been found useful by a lot of old/new Lerebours owners.

    We still don’t know when the redesign of the...
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    Well my 2113 is a couple of years older than yours - but it is exactly the same lens I have discovered this morning!
    Just under 13cm in length.

    I have just measured the illuminated circle to 16cm...
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    Yes, it is 1847/48.
    This is the earliest data I have (1853).
    Looks like the focal length should be about 18cm.
    Something between lens 352 and 353?
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    I couldn’t locate that Lerebours, so here is a Hermagis which is almost identical. It is no surprise that the flat washers get lost. They must have exactly the same diameter as the narrow bottom of...
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    Re: Lerebours Serial Number - Rice Writing

    It’s posting # 63. As I posted the skeleton serial list, I’m the person has to do the up dates. I usually don’t bother to mention the individual additions to keep the thread concise. I add ebay...
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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...
  16. 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...
  17. Re: Who knows this lens Liesegang Tachyskop 24 n°2?

    See here

    https://www.antiquecameras.net/lensvademecum.html
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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.
  26. 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”,...
  27. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. 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!
  34. 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...
  35. 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,...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
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