Casket sets, anyone?
I've started setting up a website for casket sets, since there seems to be very little information about these to be found on the internet - and quite a lot of the missing information is general enough to apply to most sets. And of course some of what can be found is just wrong...
Since many of the users of this forum tend to use old and/or "antiquated" equipment, I figure there must be at least one or two who has a casket set or two? FWIW, I have about eight...
If anyone has pictures shot with (or of) casket sets, or indeed any other information, I would be very happy for anything that can be useful for the website.
Oh - before I forget: The site will be at www.casket-set.com, as soon as I get around to it. :)
Thanks for all and any help!
Feel free to use anything in my Busch Vademecum thread--
You becoming a mortician in your spare time?:)
I now have two of these "Buschian Vademecum-y" casket sets, both with a barrel and 7 cells from 15 to 75cm focal lengths. Neither of them have the corrector plates, and neither has the "Busch" name on them anywhere. But both are Aplanats, and to all practical purposes identical - to each other and the "original".
I've hunted around and got a scan of the original instrucions. Then I set up a simple spreadsheet to calculate apertures and focal lengths disregarding cell spacing and front cell enlargement effects on the virtual aperture - and got exactly the same results! :)
This one is from a different casket set, which has one rear cell which seems to have been designed for maximum coma:
I was a bit surprised that the domain name was free, I figured someone would have marketed the "King Tut Multiple Casket Burial Set" by now...
Originally Posted by Craig
I have a casket set too. However, I think that that it is the barrel plus seven lenses. The lenses are from 15 to 75. Somewhere I might have a picture I took with it.
I have a small casket set with no makers name, although I've seen similar ones sold under the ICA name. I've had it for years but never got around to mounting it on a board and taking it out for a spin.
That looks a lot like the smaller Busch set for formats, I'm guessing, 4x5" and smaller mainly. I think there's a catalogue on the Camera Eccentric website.
I've got one of those too - mine is marked "Meteor", and may have been made by Rodenstock. It's not a Busch set at least, since the lenses are meniscii and not achromats. The difference is visible on the resulting pictures.
Here's another one of mine, the small one that was responsible for the comatose picture of a nice Italian church. :)