The fabled Pretzel lens?

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by John Kasaian, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. John Kasaian

    John Kasaian Member

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    So I was doing some photo gear housekeeping this evening and I came across a large brass lens---5-1/4'' long x 4-3/4'' wide and about 12'' focal length marked
    McIntosh Stereopticon Co.
    Chicago
    H-15
    Could this be one of them fandangled swirly lens thangs?:confused:
    Does anyone here shoot with a "McIntosh?"
     
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    I guess it might be a stereopticon (projector) lens?
     
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    I wonder if I clean house, if I'll find a swirly lens?!?
     
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    Nothing like a Pretzel lens. I like the salted kind, and add a bit of mustard. Makes swirly yellow tones if you use color film.
    Of course at first I thought you meant a Petzval lens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petzval_lens), but I was mistaken.
     
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    Pretzel lens- there's a twist.
     
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    It's a Bausch & Lomb 15" lantern Petzval lens. Excellent quality, I have an H-8. Yours should be perfect on an 8x10.
     
  7. John Kasaian

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    Thanks Barry! Thats just what I needed to know:D
     
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    :w00t::w00t::w00t:
     
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    If you clean my house, yes!

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    Not in my house, no swirlys here.:whistling:
     
  11. TimFox

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    A "stereopticon" is a viewer for stereo pairs of opaque prints.
    This was a very popular product at the turn of the previous century, but the viewer itself had very simple optics.
    Perhaps your lens was used for taking the images.