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[OM] IMG: From the Distant Past

Subject: [OM] IMG: From the Distant Past
From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:24:41 -0500
Many years ago, I came across a lens manufactured in England circa 1890.  It is a Ross London No. 6 Symmetrical with 8-inch focal length and is f/16 wide open, with rotary Waterhouse stops down to f/64, and was obviously designed to be mounted on a lens board for a studio or view camera.  Ten years ago, I decided I wanted to see what it would produce in the way of images.  While I had a couple of large cameras packed away, they were missing parts and were awkward to handle.  I decided I would find a way to mount it on my Olympus E-1. With the help of adapters, a bellows, parts from discarded lenses and a thick, carved lens board, I finally put it all together.

Here is the lens itself:


Here is the assembly:


And, on a cold January morning, I returned home from an unsuccessful photo outing to find a Mocking Bird in a tree by my driveway. I rolled down the window and quietly shot a few frames at full extension, about 15 feet from my truck.


Yes, I decided, those old lens makers knew what they were doing.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

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