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    Pinkham Smith lens with odd serial number

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ID:	135123I just picked up what apperas to be a Pinkham Smith visual quality lens with an odd serial number.

    Its #632870

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    Re: Pinkham Smith lens with odd serial number

    B&J refurbed old lenses for resale. Not sure how that affects serial number. You might find some old catalog ads from B&J showing used lenses.

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    Re: Pinkham Smith lens with odd serial number

    The serial number is definitely odd and "off"

    The lens also looks "different", but this could simply be P&S lenses remounted in a different barrel with a different iris by B&J

    Do you know what the focal length is of this lens ? Or is there beyond the Series IV a description like No 3 or No 4 ?

    Take a look at http://antiquecameras.net/softfocuslenses.html ... middle of the page for P&S Visual Quality lenses and where one can find the serial number.

    I've personally never seen a P&S lens with a serial number above 1,895 ... the highest serial number I have on record ..

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    Re: Pinkham Smith lens with odd serial number

    I found B & J had remounted few interesting lenses, including your PS lens. NO. 632870 might belong to B & J system.
    I have a B & J remounted Kodak Aeroektar 12in F2.5 lens. It gave the lens good barrel and swirl aperture.
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    Re: Pinkham Smith lens with odd serial number

    Here's some good prices of used lenses from B&J!
    http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/bj_3.html
    Sorry, I can't confirm anything. Just adding clues.

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    Re: Pinkham Smith lens with odd serial number

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, the focal length is 12"

    The front and rear elements are both about 75mm diameter.

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    Re: Pinkham Smith lens with odd serial number

    This would make it a No 2 Visual Quality Series IV ...

    Serial number may never be known unless the B&J boys replicated it somewhere on the barrel ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bisbee233 View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, the focal length is 12"

    The front and rear elements are both about 75mm diameter.

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