Ross Anastig f8 350mm Enlarger Lens

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  1. Calum

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    Hi ! Everyone

    Anyone know anything about Ross Lenses ? I found one in a box of darkroom equipment that my Grandfather has left.

    The engraving says;

    Anastig (A few letters unreadable) 1:8 F 350mm 13 3/4 In
    No 3081 Ross. London

    Any information will be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
    Calum
     
  2. PHOTOTONE

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    I think that is not specifically an enlarging lens, rather a barrel mounted lens for taking photos that is being used as an enlarging lens.
     
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    You'll need a two story darkroom for that one. Or, make ultrasharp 35 mm prints from 4x5 negs. : -))
     
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    It's a very low serial number, so it could be from before the First World War, but it has to be after 1889 when the first anastigmatic lens was produced at Zeiss. Ross are one of the earliest camera lens manufacturers and had very close ties with Zeiss, manufacturing Zeiss lenses under license.

    The focal length would indicate it was probably for something like a 10"x8" camera, very few glass plates were enlarged at that time, and the f8 aperture is the same as an early 12"/300mm Ross lens I bought a few years ago, mine's marked as covering 8"x5". It's the Double anastigmatics like Protars and Dagors which have wider fields of coverage.

    Ian