Big lens ?

Discussion in 'Ultra Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Dave Wooten, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Dave Wooten

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    I have a very old lens (14 x 17) and the numerical notation on the aperture ring is: 64, 44, 32, 22. When opened to its largest wide open aperture, it is in the 64 position. (?):confused:
     
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    Dave, I have an old Dallmeyer Rapid Rectilinear 18x16 that has the aperture settings...7.5-10-15-25-50-100. With 100 being the smallest aperture. I haven't seen one like this before either. This is about a 25" lens.
     
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    Robert this lens is between 22 and 25 inches when projecting on the wall...will try and get it on the camera this week....the brand is a Calhoun. I just loved the name and it has a 14 x 17 designation so just had to have it..."Calhoun Photo Materials Company-Rapid Perspective" 14 x 17....there was a Calhoun camera on e bay this week with an 11 x 14 lens on it with the same nomenclature etc...it was an 8 x 10 camera and name plate I believe Grand Rapids Mich. probably a wolly rectilinear ?
     
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    I think that was camera on the bay was a Korona rebadged for Calhoun, whomever that was...

    Hope to see you in Owens Valley next Month Dave.
    Matt
     
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    Could it be the daimeter of the opening, in mm?
     
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    Good thought,

    Just measured, the smallest aperture is 22mm and the widest is 55 mm.

    Interestingly the stop mechanism stops much short of the lens diameter which is 65 mm.
     
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    Dave, congrats on that lens! I had my eye on it but did not have the $$$ at the time. Just as well, need to finish the 8x20 before the Owens Valley workshop.

    Jim
     
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    Dave, I have a lens which has a scale on the shutter which reads in the EX scale with a value of 11.7 as the wide open aperture and 5 (I think) at the smallest aperture.
     
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    Sure sounds like someone took that adjustable aperture completely out of the barrel and re-installed it 180 degrees out. What would happen if you took it out and flipped it over and re-installed it? Only possible on the most primitive of lenses, but........that be my guess :confused:
     
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    It's either reversed, or it could be a classic example of the AN aperture system.

    There were several different aperture systems in use around 1900: The familiar f-stops (but as often as not with a different base number than 1, Germans liked the 4.5 - 6.3 - 9 - 13 - 18 - 25 - 36 - 50 series), Stoltze, "French", US, mm opening, 1/32" opening, and several others I can't remember at the moment.

    But by far the most popular one (especially in the UK) seems to have been the dreaded AN. I have one very fine lens marked with 1-2-3-4-8-10, and through trial and error I have determined that these are entirely Arbitrary Numbers.