Enlarging Lenses - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Hume Enlarging Lens

Wm. Hume

Edinburgh

Scotland

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f4, 5"

Lens Type:
Petzval.

Waterhouse stops. 3" back focus. Blackened brass mount.

With:
Flange. Orange filter.

Early enlarging lenses, for use with horizontal enlargers, were similar to the portrait lenses used on cameras, but were usually fitted with a shorter lens hood and often had a focusing wheel at each end of the pinion. The orange filters had leather mounts to slip over the lens hood.

References & Notes:
BJA 1912.

Enlarging Lens

Lens Type:
Petzval.

Waterhouse stops. 7" back focus. Brass mount. Rack and pinion focusing, focusing handle at each end of pinion.

With:
Flange.

Varob

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

Germany

f3.5, 50 mm

Iris diaphragm marked 1 - 10. Black/nickel mount.

Serial Number:
394851 (1937) .

The Varob was a regular Elmar lens in a simple mount, it was introduced in 1933.

Ysaron

Optische Werke G. Rodenstock

München

West Germany

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f4.5, 75 mm

Iris diaphragm to f22, click stops. Apertures illuminated by light from lamp house, the aperture in use is shown in red, the apertures either side are in green. Black mount.

Serial Number:
6291721 .

With:
Lens cap. Box.

Topaz

Boyer

Paris

France

f3.5, 50 mm

Iris diaphragm to f16, click stops. Aperture illuminated by light from lamp house. Black mount.

Serial Number:
781113 .

With:
Box.

Supar

c. 1945

Wray (Optical Works) Ltd

Bromley

England

f4.5, 2"

Lens Type:
Anastigmat. 3 elements. Enlarging lens.

Iris diaphragm to f22. Un-coated, without click-stops. Black mount.

Serial Number:
132347 .

f4.5, 3 ¼"

Iris diaphragm to f22. Un-coated, without click-stops. Black mount.

Serial Number:
107079 .

f4.5, 3 ¼"

Iris diaphragm scaled 1 to 32. Coated, with click-stops.

Serial Number:
179492 .

With:
Flange. Plastic case.

f4.5, 4"

Iris diaphragm scaled f32.

Serial Number:
42127 .

With:
Lens panel.

The Supar first appeared around 1933. It was a cheap general purpose anastigmat for camera and enlarger use. Around 1945 the lens was re-calculated and issued in different focal lengths. By that time it would not have been used on cameras. The lens had a black mount with aluminium iris ring. Later a satin chrome mount was used. Coating was added in the late 1940s and click stops were available on some lenses. By the late 1950s Wray advertised this lens as being the most popular enlarging lens. Two versions were produced with f3.5 or f4.5 aperture.

References & Notes:
BJA 1934. BJA 1946, pp. 189, 335. BJA 1948, 363. BJA 1950, p. 193. BJA 1956, p. 206.

Trylor

H. Rousell

Paris

France

f6.3, 100 mm. Iris diaphragm to f16.


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