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    Kodak Hawk-Eye Aerial Lens Help

    Hey everyone, I have an oddball lens that I've come into possession of and I'm in need of any info I can get.

    It's an Eastman Kodak Hawk-Eye Aerial f.4.5 - 254mm Lens, Serial Number 0276
    I have found no images of this exact lens online and no information on this lens except for the following:
    - It's a 10 inch lens, possibly from an A-1 or B-1 Aerial Camera

    That's it. Anything that someone might have is useful. Currently, the lens is having a lens board made for my Speed Graphic (had a guy I know make the files and it has an extension out of the board to compensate for the bellows draw - I think about 4 inches out if I remember right).

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    Re: Kodak Hawk-Eye Aerial Lens Help

    Welcome to LFPF

    Seems you know what to do

    I found this interesting supplier today

    https://rafcamera.com/
    Tin Can

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    Re: Kodak Hawk-Eye Aerial Lens Help

    I'll suggest that it's pre-WWII. I worked in (and from) Kodak's Hawk-Eye plant from 1984-2010. All their classic lenses were made there- although the optics dept. moved to newer facilities in the late 1980s.
    So I've worked with a number of Kodak lenses and seen quite a few more- but never one marked like that.
    By WWII they were using the trade name "Ektar" and "Aero-Ektar".
    Also worth noting that the hyphen in "Hawk-Eye" slowly disappeared over time...
    Welcome to the forum- and I hope you enjoy your new and rare lens!

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    Re: Kodak Hawk-Eye Aerial Lens Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Welcome to LFPF

    Seems you know what to do

    I found this interesting supplier today

    https://rafcamera.com/
    Thanks, long time lurker, first time poster :-)
    I've noticed RAFCamera before for their lens boards, but with this one I wanted to reduce the bellows draw, so I had a custom one made locally to me - which also has a built-in focusing helicoid for macro work. We'll see how much that bites me in the rear!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    I'll suggest that it's pre-WWII. I worked in (and from) Kodak's Hawk-Eye plant from 1984-2010. All their classic lenses were made there- although the optics dept. moved to newer facilities in the late 1980s.
    So I've worked with a number of Kodak lenses and seen quite a few more- but never one marked like that.
    By WWII they were using the trade name "Ektar" and "Aero-Ektar".
    Also worth noting that the hyphen in "Hawk-Eye" slowly disappeared over time...
    Welcome to the forum- and I hope you enjoy your new and rare lens!
    That's what my research had come across. The A-1/B-1 cameras are WWI design. I noticed that about the Hawk-Eye designation! Funny how they just dropped it right off. Thanks for the info Mark, always love hearing from Kodak insiders!

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