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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Thank you Andrew.

    Yes, I follow Don Colucci even to FB where he answered a question!

    Well this batch almost made the bin...
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Thanks Randy, appreciated

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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Cleaned glass today on VITAX and B&L both are in great condition.

    The VITAX also has a good working Studio # 3 shutter. I have never seen a working one! I had to go to Eddie Gunks video to learn how it works. The VITAX soft focus knob and element move smoothly.

    The next one is smaller physically but labeled 11 X 14 Extra Rapid Symmetrical The Scientific Lens Co. in Betax 4

    VITAX top by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    VITAX side by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    The Scientific Lens Co 11 X 14 Extra Rapid Symetrical in Betax 4 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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    The Extra Rapid 11 X 14 also cleaned up well despite my shock when removing the shutter, the glass was coated in a very light oil and the shutter leaves had corrosion on that side

    Yet both cleaned up easily. shutter works well on T, slow elsewhere. good enough

    This seems an unwanted lens gauging by pricing, it is very short focus that seems like a magnifier

    No flange, working aperture, nice patina, since I have a short focus 11 X 14 I will try it, one day

    Exrtra Rapid Oil by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    Extra Rapid Top by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    The Scientific Lens Co 11 X 14 Extra Rapid Symetrical in Betax 4 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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    # 4 of 6 lenses

    This one is also odd, aperture was removed, 4 elements, one moving element, #2 from rear, with very hard for me to read with a magnifier, markings for the the movement. Seems to have 4 non indent positions with perhaps a '0' between. Barely read f4.5 and the rest doesn't matter much with no aperture

    It came fairly clean, now in good condition

    Crown Optical Company, Rochester, N.Y.
    8 X 10 Crown Anastigmat Series 1 no serial #

    Crown 8 X 10 top by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    Crown 8 X 10 side by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    # 5 of 6 lenses

    This one is perhaps a Macro lens for Full Plate

    Interestingly W. H. Walmsley & Co had a shop and lab on the same block as Central Camera does now. I think CC is now at their second location and began Biz just after this seller shutdown.

    "The December, 1894 issue of The School Board Journal reported, The new firm of Walmsley, Fuller & Co., physical and chemical apparatus and supplies, has been formed at Chicago with salesrooms and laboratories at 132-36 Wabash Ave. W. H. Walmsley..."

    from this page, where you may page down to find this lens in a Macro setup

    This lens is small, cut for water-house stops, none with it, glass is good, very short focal length

    R. & J. Beck

    W. H. Walmsley & Co
    Philadelphia
    Sole American Agents
    No 158 8-1/2 X 6-1/2 RECT 3
    11-1/2- /N scratched on barrel
    3"tall X 2.5" widest

    BECK Shutter by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    BECK Side 1 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    BECK Side 2 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr

    BECK Top by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    I doubt that 11x14 lens will cover 11x14 if it's "short focal length" is shorter than 16-18 inches. Especially with that shutter and adapter, which were added later, (I'd remove them and mount just the lens). It may have the wrong elements, based on the "short focal length". How short is it?

    Crown Optical wasn't in business for very long, as the government took them over during WWI. Based on the f/4.5, it's almost certainly a Tessar.

    The Beck looks to me to be just an ordinary Rapid Rectilinear. Any reason that you think it's a macro?
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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    From my link, maybe it's an illumination magnifier of the flame

    FL is under an inch

    Everything Walmsley ever did was microscopic imaging
    Macro 6 by TIN CAN COLLEGE, on Flickr
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    I see it in the little ad for the Beck Autograph series as a Rapid Rectlinear for 6.5x8.5 and 11 I/2 inch would be about standard for a 6.5x8.5. Should be a nice RR.

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    Re: New to me 6 Old Lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    From my link, maybe it's an illumination magnifier of the flame

    FL is under an inch

    Everything Walmsley ever did was microscopic imaging.
    Chauncey's right about the 11.5-inch focal length of the Beck lens being about right for whole plate. I still suspect it's just a normal RR sold by Walmsley.

    Which lens has the 1-inch focal length? And is that the focal length or the back-focus?
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