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.
Tullahoma, TN USA
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