Antediluvian Lenses - Some Were Incredible

Started Nov 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
James O'Neill
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Re: Antediluvian Lenses - Some Were Incredible
In reply to alpha bet, Nov 22, 2012

As others have said negative size plays a big part. I have some antique 6x6cm and 6x9cm cameras - the lenses are simple and pictures are very good - and with small enlargement grain isn't a factor.  So pictures you're looking at may be contact prints from plate (or 1/2 plate / 1/4 plate cameras).

Keep in mind also that the cameras had slow shutter speeds - partly because the film was slow - and the plate cameras were too unwield to shoot everything hand held, so tripod mounted and optimum apperture would be the norm.  With black and white problems of chromatic aberation are less visible.

Finally if you are looking at pictures which have been handed down over 50-100 years they probably survived because they were a recording of something important, that someone paid to have taken by a professional with a good lens.  The very soft, indistict shot taken with a box brownie probably didn't make it.

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