One of the first anastigmatic lens in the history of photography. Manufactured by Ross, in England, under license from the German Zeiss. It has 8 elements in two groups that can still be used individually offering thus three focal distances.
Find here some interesting lenses present in my collection. I dedicated more attention to “big glasses”, that means, large format photography lenses, because that is where the most important designs made their contribution to the endeavour of transforming light into images.
A lens originally developed by Hermagis and launched in 1903, the Eidoscope is one of the highlights of soft focus optics. This sample was manufactured later by SOM Berthiot, which kept Eidoscope in its catalog after acquiring Hermagis in 1934.
– 360 mm | f:6,3 | 1911 – The very first Tessar Tessar is probably the lens design most produced ever. Introduced in 1902, it was created by Paul Rudolph, from Carl Zeiss. The construction concept has found applications from large format down to Minox size. Lenses using Tessar’s...
Brief article discusses the design, characteristics and ancestry of Wollensak's Wide Angle Velostigmat lens and shows an image made with it on an 18 x 24 cm negative.
Lens description with photos, measurements and presence in a manufacturer's catalog. Photographs of pencil inscriptions on the edge of optical elements and details of the standard carte-album format, popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to which this lens was intended.
– 255 mm | f:4,5 | c1906 – This is an anastigmat general purpose lens produced by Emil Busch A.-G. Rathenow. It came with a wood camera that uses 13 x 18 cm film/plate. That allows a good range of front movements more than camera can deliver as the angle of view is 80º and correspondent image...
– 24 cm | f:4,5 | 1956 – Heliar is a classic in the history of photographic lenses. Until today it has considerable fan club among large format photographers. To a great many is has almost magical properties. Its fame comes from images that show a sort of a “creamy” rendering without...
Anticomar is a somewhat controversial lens. Designed on the basis of a Tessar, it is able to bring many details and definition. However, in this version of Plaubel, it brings also a reasonable level of flare that creates a slight halo around bright objects.
Wollensak's soft focus lens, Verito has its most iconic images probably in pictures of Hollywood stars. Simple in construction and especially designed for studio portraits, it adds a halo that can go from very discreet to completely dominate the image.
One of the best wide-angle lenses ever made, Schneider's Super Angulon f / 5.6 has a slightly asymmetric optics and delivers perfect results with ease of use. Find here specs, photos of the lens and an urban picture taken with it.
One of the most commonly used large format lens at the height of analog photography, Symmar follows a 1903 concept named plasmat and has been adopted as a standard lens by many thousands of photographers.