Rapid Rectilinear - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Rapid Symmetrical

c. 1874

Ross & Co.

London

England

Image of Rapid Symmetrical

f8, c. 9"

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear. 4 elements.

Waterhouse stops f8 - f65. Brass mount. For 8" x 5".

Serial Number:
36452 (c. 1884) .

Notes:
Address on box: 111 New Bond St. (1892 -).

With:
Stops scaled 0-6, in Ross pouch. (At this time Ross marked stops in Uniform Ratio numbers). Lens cap. Lens box marked Ross.

f8, c. 8 ½"

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear. 4 elements.

Waterhouse stops. Brass mount. For 8" x 5".

Serial Number:
22213 (c. 1880) .

Notes:
Sold by Watson.

The Rapid Symmetrical was a general purpose lens of the rapid rectilinear type produced in sizes from 3 - 34". It replaced the Actinic Doublet and was in turn replaced by the Symmetrical Anastigmat around 1900. The rear half could be used separately having a focal length about twice that of the complete lens.

J.H. Dallmeyer's original patent for the rapid rectilinear (BP 2502/1866) describes a lens of "two positive achromats of which the higher refracting denser material or flint glass occupies the external position of each combination". The inner pair of glasses were of crown glass. The diameter of the back combination was half that of the front. In production both lens groups were of the same diameter and an extra light flint glass was used for the inner pair of glasses.

References & Notes:
BJA 1877, p. xxvi. BJA 1890, p.39. BJA 1892, p. 40. BJA 1900, p. 52. Eder, Modern Dry Plates, advert. Abney, Instruction, p. 90. Copeland Cat., p. 11.

Rapid Symmetrical

Henry Crouch Ltd.

London

England

f5, 5 ½"

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear.

Iris diaphragm with external pointer to f45. Brass mount. For quarter-plate.

Serial Number:
4491 , YBP 1893 shows serial no. 55xx..

Crouch produced a range of conventional rapid rectilinear lenses and a faster model for hand cameras in lengths from 4 ½ - 6".

References & Notes:
BJA 1892, p. 1150.

Leviathan

J. Biddle

Manchester

England

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear.

f8. Iris diaphragm to f64. Brass mount. 21" back focus. For 15" x 12".

Notes:
Inscription on barrel : Made for Biddle 97 Medlock St. Manchester.

Rapid Aplanat

Rathenow Optische-Industrie Anstalt vorm. Emil Busch

Rathenow

Germany

Image of Rapid Aplanat

f8, c. 8"

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear

Iris diaphragm with external pointer to f64. Brass mount.

With:
Flange marked with Busch trade-mark. Lens cap.

No. 4. f8, 12"

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear.

Iris diaphragm to f64. Brass mount. 12 ¾" back focus. For 10" x 8".

With:
Flange.

Made in sizes from 6 - 18" and later 24".

References & Notes:
BJA 1900, p. 399. BJA 1905.

Euryscope

1877

Voigtländer & Sohn

Braunschweig

Germany

O.A.

Waterhouse stops. Brass mount.

Serial Number:
33338 (c. 1887) .

With:
One stop. Flange. Lens cap.

The Euryscope was produced in several series.

  • Series IV at f6.3
  • Series VI at f7.7
  • Series III at f4.5
  • Series IVa at f7
  • Series VIIa wide-angle at f18
The series IV and VI were replaced by the IVa in the early 1900s.

References & Notes:
BP 1938/1877. BJA 1890, p. 13. BJA 1892, p. 12. BJA 1900, p. 194. BJA 1902, p. 207.

Planigraph

Clement & Gilmer

Paris

France

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear

f8, c. 5". Iris diaphragm with external pointer to f44. Brass mount.

With:
Flange.

Wray Detective

c. 1890

W. Wray

Highgate

England

Image of Wray Detective

f8, 5 ½"

Wheel stops to f32. Brass mount. For 3 ¼" x 4 ¼".

Serial Number:
12851 .

The Detective lens was a rapid rectilinear type in a short mount especially suited to hand cameras. It was produced in lengths of 4 ½ to 6".

References & Notes:
PA 1891, pp. cxxii, 394.

Detective Paragon

J. Swift & Son

London

England

f4, 5 ½"

Iris diaphragm with external pointer to f45.2. Brass mount with helical focusing.

Serial Number:
3899 (1890s) .

The Detective Paragon was made with the new Jena glass. Produced specifically for hand cameras in lengths of 3 - 5 ½".

References & Notes:
PA 1891, p. 391.

Ensign Symmetrical

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

f8, 8"

Lens Type:
Rapid rectilinear.

Iris diaphragm to f64. Brass mount.

With:
Lens cap.

References & Notes:
BJA 1910.

Primus

R & J Beck Ltd

London

England

f8. Iris diaphragm to f64. Brass mount. For 4" x 5".

With:
Flange.

Non-Anastigmats

Rapid Rectilinear

Rectigraph

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