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    Alexander McKay - Whiskey Bottle Telephoto Lenses!

    Hi,

    So I was reading the wikipedia page for 'telephoto lens' and came across mention of this man, Alexander McKay. Here is what it says....

    "in New Zealand, Alexander McKay was taking photographs of exceptional quality using home-made telephoto lenses, ground from the bottoms of whisky bottles, probably as early as 1883 or 1884."

    Now, if that doesn't peak the interest of an analog photographer, I don't know what will.

    I've googled to no avail to find some examples of his photographs. All I can find is mention of his geology & passing commentary on his photography.

    If anyone knows where to find any pictures taken with these lenses, please let me know. Or if you know of a good book (besides the ones reference in the wiki), I'd love to hear about it. It sounds pretty awesome IMO.

    Thanks!

    Holmburgers

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    Hav'nt found any pictures but did come across this link.
    http://rsnz.natlib.govt.nz/volume/rs...00_005460.html

    Regards
    David

    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    Hi,

    So I was reading the wikipedia page for 'telephoto lens' and came across mention of this man, Alexander McKay. Here is what it says....

    "in New Zealand, Alexander McKay was taking photographs of exceptional quality using home-made telephoto lenses, ground from the bottoms of whisky bottles, probably as early as 1883 or 1884."

    Now, if that doesn't peak the interest of an analog photographer, I don't know what will.

    I've googled to no avail to find some examples of his photographs. All I can find is mention of his geology & passing commentary on his photography.

    If anyone knows where to find any pictures taken with these lenses, please let me know. Or if you know of a good book (besides the ones reference in the wiki), I'd love to hear about it. It sounds pretty awesome IMO.

    Thanks!

    Holmburgers

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    Yeah, I came across that too. Interesting, but I really want to see some pictures.

    Thanks though

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    By the look of these he probably used a conventional lens of the time. The available images are small, but it's the best I could do.

    http://find.natlib.govt.nz/primo_lib...rch&mode=Basic

    Regards - Ross

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    In the late 1880s McKay took up a new enthusiasm - photography. He experimented with designs of cameras and telescopes and with telephotography and microphotography, even grinding his own lenses from bottle ends, and achieved good quality photo-micrographs of thin sections of rocks. He retired from the public service in 1904.

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    This is a very Kiwi thing to do. New Zealanders take great pride in doing a lot with very little. "All you need is a bit of number 8 wire." is an expression you hear every day down there.

    The movie "The World's Fastest Indian", starring Anthony Hopkins, captures this Kiwi spirit very well.
    Vince Donovan

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    http://www.archive.org/stream/rockso...ge/30/mode/2up

    No idea if his photography or not
    or if his homemade lenses or not

    If you look at contents it seems he and others may have taken em
    or perhaps

    Anyway
    im tired

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    find.natlib ones are clickable "GO"
    you have to scroll around the image in maximized form
    i think

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