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    New to me 6 Old Lenses

    With maybe more to come. I am starting with biggest in size, why not

    I wrote a bit about this one on old thread recently that was the same lens

    They almost didn't survive, shipped in a box that was open when I got it today

    #1 all dull brass all text below exactly as seen

    "PORTRAIT LENS SERIES C.
    8 x 10
    Fowler & Slater
    Cleveland, O."


    I guess a triplet, 2 elements removable in rear, one front.

    Working multi-blade iris in middle, no shutter
    aperture scale 1.4, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64

    Heavy haze on all elements, I have not cleaned anything yet

    9" tall, 4-1/2" OD top brass, 3-13/16 bottom OD

    5 lbs 12 oz

    5 hole removable flange

    Any ideas as to type (RR?) age, maker etc

    Portait Lens Series C by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Wow, that's a lens!


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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Marked in the Uniform Scale, it's an f/5 Petzval by Bausch & Lomb. Compare it to the Cephaloscope and Universal Portrait Series A. Lovely portrait lens!

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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Thanks Mark and Kent, this one is even worse, meaning better

    Wollensak Vitax portrait lens #3 f3.8 no 4842V in Studio shutter and I am now putting it away until pics tomorrow

    I have done a little searching and Mark you came up!

    These were going to garbage and almost did with that open box
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    The Vitax is as it says,a portrait lens, and with the Studio shutter, very useful. Wish I had it

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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    A #3 Vitax could be either an early 16-inch or a later 10-inch. Wollensak changed the numbering so the lens number would match the shutter number. Another fine Petzval lens! Glad you rescued them.
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Both are going to be excellent portrait lenses. The F5 that Wollensak made (not yours, a B&L) would allow you to convert it to a soft focus/landscape lens. You should see if your B&L will do that too. You just take the front element out, and screw it in the back (removing the back element). You leave the front open, and keep using the iris.

    These were the top studio lenses America made in the 1890s-1920s, and really the main two companies that made them this big. They will take plates as good as any Dallmeyer.

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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Yes, the B&L front lens does fit on back. Very interesting. Thank you.

    Been studying this site again to glean more. I have a couple SF on that page already.

    2 Cooke and a Gundlach Achromatic Meniscus Lens No.6

    All from the same source.

    I now wonder what was missed and thrown out. It's all gone from the source.

    Maybe a couple more little ones coming.
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Probably some obscure ones like a Karl Struss Pictorial or a Pinkham and Smith.

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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Randy

    The site that you mentioned is run by one, 'ccharrison' aka Don Colucci who posts on here and yes I've long wondered as to the paucity of brass lenses here in the
    UK, I fear that too many were consigned to the waste tips

    Enjoy what seems to be a new passion for you i.e. 'wet plate'

    regards

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