Category Archives: lens

getting to the end of the day…

Toronto. As a line from the TV series New Tricks says, this is the last of the Leitz enlarging and copying lenses offered as the film era quietly disappeared. This is the famous FOCOTAR series (FOCOTAR, FOCOTAR 1, FOCOTAR 2, … Continue reading

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not your father’s Elmar…

Toronto. Post war, the Elmar went to the DOOGS. The little camera mounted collapsible Elmar was redesigned as a reproduction and enlarging lens in a much more practical lens mount and the elements were coated to reduce the internal reflections. … Continue reading

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give me a ring…

Toronto. I mentioned in the previous post that Leitz made a special ring so the fiddly little aperture adjustment on the 5cm Elmar could be seen and moved by a ring that went around the accessory. This avoided the risk … Continue reading

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Early Leitz enlarging lens VAROB

Toronto. In the fall of 1983 I had a call from Sam Schlifer. Sam wanted to know if I had a spare camera Elmar lens I could swap for an old enlarger lens by Leitz called a VAROB. I did … Continue reading

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Black is Beautiful

Toronto. The early Leicas were mostly black – black enamel – and if well used had “brassing” or edges where the enamel wore through to the brass. Shown is a beautiful  example of a clean 1937 Leica II (no slow … Continue reading

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Some Canons shoot pictures…

Toronto. The Canon P shown here with a Canon f/1.2 lens will appear in our fall auction (Nov 19, 2017). If you don’t have one in your collection, or would like the super fast f/1.2 lens now is your chance! … Continue reading

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New lensless technology

Toronto.  Even before 1839, optical houses created various lenses from glass for the apparatus of the day. After 1839, lens design and quality became the defining factor of camera quality. Most optical institutes such as Zeiss provided lenses to a … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Optical Institutions

Toronto.An optical institution was a German optical workshop turning out various optical devices and lenses. Other countries used other names. As cameras and binoculars and microscopes became popular,  brands like Zeiss, Zeiss-Ikon, Leitz, Ross, Bausch & Lomb, Rochester Optical, Kodak, … Continue reading

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Review of Book on 19th Century French Lenses

Toronto. I did this review for Bob Lansdale back on August 3rd, 2013. At the time, the author had sent the book to Bob for review and write up in the journal Photographic Canadiana. This the review I wrote at … Continue reading

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Book on 19th Century German Lenses

Toronto. Journal editor Bob Lansdale loaned me the second book in Corrado D’Agostini’s series on 19th Century Photographic Lenses. Both are sold in the US by Camerabooks.com. This book is posted as costing $109 USD plus shipping. The first book in 19th … Continue reading

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