I have my great-uncles Kodak Autographic 3A (postcard size). Some time ago, just for the halibut, I put the lens on my Calumet 4x5 and took a close up, wide open photo of my hand holding a beer mug. The image was clear and sharp in the centre but progressed to being very soft, almost fuzzy at the edges. It did not leave any vignetting. I think the lens is a Kodak Eastman. I don't remember if it had any size printed on it ... I'll try to dig it out and see exactly what it is.
The 3A's were generally about 170mm I think. They came in a variety of types, usually meniscus, Rapid Rectilinear, or Tessar ... I've even seen a Dagor, but don't count on finding one of those easily. I haven't used a RR off of a 3A, but I've used them on other old folders, I really like the look they give.
yeah, 170mm is what i roughly measured on my Ansco.
I took the meniscus out of a horizontal 3A Buster Brown and opened it up to
It comes with a screw in metal hood so I also get f16 if I want that
It's soft at f8. Everything is pretty soft
Decent at f16 but no use for that really unless I want to leave it on the camera
Have not made a print of only negative shot at f32 but certainly respectable for general use if need a cheap lens
I took the lens out of a 2C brownie -postcard size- 130/131 film or something
Opened it up to f8 and it is actually -quite- sharp in the center with everything getting progressively obliterated -extremely soft- towards corners
(I don't know if normal for a lens like this but even stuff in the distant background is rendered sharper in the center)
I like the crazy look of the brownie best but the 3A gives a nicer, diffused sort of look, I think. Haven't used them but a few times.
I'll upload what I have for photos
This 1st one was my first try on kodalith -I used the brownie lens to see if less contrast from the lens would help keep overall contrast down
-don't mind the tones and highlights -scan was terrible
It's much sharper in center than appears
2nd is the 3A lens at f8 on Polaroid 55 -the print. My first 4x5 shot. I think I exposed for the negative ..but this is at least accurate of the look I get
Last edited by sun of sand; 12-06-2007 at 01:53 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Looks great. I just got a postcard sized folder with a 6 1/2 in RR-lens in a working shutter. Maybe I can clean it up tomorrow for some trials.
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