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Old 04-19-2009   #1
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I am seeking advice on using old View camera lenses.....

I have found a shop in Denver that has a wide variety of Bauch and Lomb lenses from a century or so ago....these are all brass barrels usually set in a steel collar with a focus gear and pinion.

On looking at them, the almost seem more like projector lenses than camera lenses, but I imagine I could make use of them either way....

So.....none are marked (that I can see) with any sort of size info......other than focusing an image on a white wall, is there any quick way to determine their FL and angle of view? Or, on the other hand....are there any particularly fantastic lenses from this era I should seek over others?

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Old 04-20-2009   #2
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They are probably Magic Lantern projection lenses. They do work on large format cameras though, and the dreamy effect is sought after by some. Here's a link to a thread on APUG about how to calculate aperture and focal length of these lenses: Darlot projection lens questions - APUG

You might also do a web search for "Petzval lenses" and get more information. The B&L lenses are similar.

Hope this helps, and if you get one, post your results! I'd love to get one for my view camera.

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I also have Older Lens'es , Do not have A darlot [Petzval] yet and may never have one, But those that I have I find very Interesting , such as a Bausch & Lomb Plantograph Lens , The interesting Part of these older lens'es is you do not know what you will get till you use it : and thats the Fun
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Have a look at Jim Galli's website - he does some amazing photographs using old projection lenses:

Jim Galli's Tonopah Nevada Pictures
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In addition, old view lenses are commonly measured by inches rather than millimeters. Kinda weird if you aren't used to that kind of thing. The first time I saw a lens's focal length as 14 inches I was like ... HUH??!
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Its simple to figure out the millimeters it is [ 24.5 times 14 = 343mm]
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Its simple to figure out the millimeters it is [ 24.5 times 14 = 343mm]
I think you got that slightly off. It's 25.4 times 14 = 355.6mm. You transposed the last two digits. Can happen to anybody.
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Hum: I stand corrected 25.4 will have refigure all my old lenses again [LOL]
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The first time I saw a lens's focal length as 14 inches I was like ... HUH??!
That lens can just go by the nickname "Holmes"
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Uh... I guess that means it's elementary, my dear Watson! Or English?

I guess I don't get the joke.


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