I have on order an 1890's-era camera lens as a project to adapt it to my Samsung NX1 digital camera for experimentation in photography and digital film.
I'm drawn to the subtle optical property differences of vintage lenses. I have been collecting 35-mm camera lenses from the mid 1950's through early 1990's and posting the photography taken with these various lenses on my blog here: http://mynx1.blogspot.com
This is my first 'antique' lens acquisition. I was looking for a lens over 100-years old being motivated as the result of a restoration I'm performing on a 1918 Silent Era film. Researching the early film history of that time has me focused on the cameras and projectors developed during the early years of film.
I decided on this particular lens after reviewing online auctions for lenses that to me had quality looking optics for its time and was enclosed in a housing 'mountable' to my bellows assembly. Also, I was looking for something to get my feet wet, adapting and mounting to my camera. My budget was less than a $100 for the lens and adapting hardware components.
I purchased this lens without learning any historical background of optics and lens-types at the turn of the 20th Century. Once the lens arrives, I will examine marking and do research on the company and the lens' application.
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This Bausch & Lomb 'Victor' lens was manufactured at the Rochester Optical Co. somewhere between the late 1890's and early 1900's. The lens is a f8 with a two-blade return, rectilinear movement shutter-type. Spring powered, pneumatic exposure control. Speeds 1/100 - 1, B, T. Mounted between the lens. Finger and pneumatic release.
The lens was removed from a Pony Premo 4x5 plate camera of that era. More research is needed.
What attracts me to optical device is its attractive mechanical design; which will appears serviceable and well-built. I don't know at this time its operational condition. Also, I will have to figure-out how to keep the shutter open since the digital camera I will be using will have its own shutter activation.
I will post updates on this lens leading to revealing images that result. Should be interesting.