The 12" f6 Darlot Landscape lens
was taken along
on a trip to Peavine Creek with my grandson's
Jonah & Caedon Needham.
My intent was to further test the
150 Eidoscop so
the 4X5 Deardorff was the camera at hand. The
Eidoscop wasn't seeing well out of doors so I put
the Darlot on the camera and was instantly smitten!
Never my intent to use this lens
on 4X5, I had
pictured it with 6 1/2 X 8 1/2 format and 8X10.
But it has a lovely look on 4X5! Able to bring
out intimate portions of a landscape.
Jonah 6, Caedon 5
So how do you shoot an f5 lens on
day out of doors with no shutter? I did these
shots with this procedure. After my focus was
set, I would put the velvet and leather cap on,
load the film, pull the slide, and just barely start
the lens cap away as I slipped the dark slide behind
the hovering lens cap. Then I slipped the dark
slide up and back as quickly as capable to
expose the Kodak Commercial 4127 film that
I rate at asa 32.
Jonah, tall grass
Knowing these were likely over-exposed
processed for just 4 3/4 minutes in 1:1:100
PyroCat HD. The negs are mostly perfect
and will print beautifully.
I will guess the lens at about 1880.
it's first use since owning. Sweet! Oh, the boys?
It was my day to watch them, and being all
boy 5 & 6 year olds, I knew they'd get bored
and set the curtains on fire in about 10 minutes
at the house, so we went for a picnic. :~'))