Category Archives: lens

Pierre Angenieux Paris R11 Lens

Toronto. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I extended my Exakta Varex IIa camera with a 135m and a 28mm lens. I chose an Angenieux pre-set Retrofocus R11 lens for the 28mm as it focussed under 2 feet and … Continue reading

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Steinheil Optical Institute

Toronto. In the late 1950s I bought my first Exakta. Months later I wanted to expand the camera with added lenses. Naively, I felt 35mm and 90mm were too similar to my standard lens of 55mm so I opted for 28mm … Continue reading

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Schneider Kreuznach Tele-Arton Lens

Toronto. At one of our mid 1990s fairs held at the Queensway Lion’s Club, I picked up a small f/5.5 240mm telephoto lens in a Leica screw mount. It was sold to me by Jim McKeen. Jim was retired from his … Continue reading

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New (Old) Lomography Art Lens

Toronto. Katherine Phipps from Lomography sent me an email last month. The company plans to offer a two element in one group f/2.9, 64mm brass lens with waterhouse stops. The lens is named a Daguerrian achromat and signed as a Chevalier … Continue reading

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A New Twist on the old Fresnel Lens

Toronto. Russ Forfar sent me this interesting link to ScienceDaily.com which reports on the work of a professor and his post grad students at the University of Utah. They have come up with a way to make super thin lenses … Continue reading

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Where Photography and Microscopy once met

Europe/UK. 1839 – what an amazing year. It started with a bang when not one but two revolutionary photographic processes were formally announced… and the race was on to make the fabulous new art faster and better. Optical houses began … Continue reading

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Show and Tell 2013

NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 2013 ANNUAL SHOW AND TELL In a few short weeks it will be time again for our  popular Show & Tell evening. Members bring all sorts of unusual items for show and possible identification. … Continue reading

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Cascade Now Online

PORTLAND, OREGON. Cascade editor Ralph London ceased publication of the printed version of the Panorama back in December 2003. In October of 2010 with the help of Charlie Kamerman who did the layout, he published the first pdf version of … Continue reading

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Tele-Arton f/5.5 240mm

The other day I pulled out my old Tele-Arton having in mind shooting the full moon – lousy weather deferred that plan. I picked up this little handful in the mid 1980s at one of our Photographica-fairs. Jim McKeen had … Continue reading

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