All in a weekends work.  Or play, if you ask my bride.
She's right of course, the fence is still broken down
and about 1 million other things are waiting for me
to do them.

What could I do?  Our tax lady asked me for a donation
of a photograph to include in their list of prizes for
their annual fundraiser.  "Walk the Rock!" raises $$
for breast cancer research.

My wife had brought me the boots, found on a desert
walk, and my tax lady's husband had given me the
Model T Ford headlamp a couple of weeks ago.  I had
been thinking about possible desert still life arrangements
with these pieces, so didn't need much pushing.

I used 6 different lenses on the next 8 photos.  At least
2 were pleasant surprises.  So here are the pics.  The
first 7 were done with the big 10A Kodak studio
camera.  I had only used 2 of the lenses before.


Desert Shoes
405mm Kodak Portrait @ f4.5


Desert Shoes II
18" Bausch & Lomb Plastigmat Portrait @ f8


Headlight Ricegrass Shoes
18" Bausch & Lomb Plastigmat Portrait @ f8


Ford and Ricegrass
14" Gundlach Hyperion @ f9


Ford and Ricegrass II
18" Bausch & Lomb Projection triplett lens
 
 

On Sunday afternoon my friend Clair stopped by
to introduce his son Aaron.  I work with Clair and
he's always telling me about Aaron, so it was great
to meet him.  I took him up to the studio to see the
behemoth's I call cameras.  He was suitably impressed.
I wanted to do a shot of him and his dad but I would
need to shift gears.  Right tool for the job, yes?  They
don't want to look like Marlene Dietrich so I'd need to
turn the diffusion I'd been playing with down a notch.

I grabbed the trusty 36cm Voigtlander Heliar.


Aaron & Clair
Voigtlander Heliar 36cm F4.5


Aaron & Clair II
Voigtlander Heliar 36cm F4.5

Last and least, I wanted to use a neat little 8X10
Gundlach Perigraphic Convertible, so I put it on
the Century Universal and did a self portrait.


me working on the '39
Gundlach Perigraphic Convertible 12" @ f32

The real surprises were how excellent that little
lens is, and how sweet the 18" B&L triplet projection
lens really is.  Looking on the GG I felt the bokeh
from the BL triplet might be kind of double line
harsh.  But the film didn't see it that way at all.  I'm
anxious to do some head and shoulder portraits
with that lens.

Some notes about the lenses:

1. The Bausch & Lomb Plastigmat Portrait lens is
different than ordinary Plastigmats which are similar
to Dagor's and Protar VII's. It is an f5.6 portrait
type with an achromatic meniscus at the back with a
removeable modifier at the front. Modifier installed
it is less diffused, no modifier it looks like other
A. Meniscus' lenses. My 18" is missing the modifier
if it ever had one. I've not seen an 18" yet that has
one. My 15" has the modifier at the front.

2. The Kodak 405 is a robust achromatic meniscus.
It's "modern" and the only coated portrait lens I have.
I've mounted it in front of a big Ilexpo shutter. It
works slower than a normal Packard.

3. The Gundlach Hyperion is a modified Rapid Rectilinear.
I don't know much about it's design but any RR that
would open to f4 would have lots of non-corrections
going on, so maybe that's all they did. The one I have
is in awful shape and I'd love to upgrade it if you know of one.

4. Much is written about Heliar's. It and the Cooke are
the dual Kings of the classic "smooth - sharp" look.

5. The 18" Bausch & Lomb "triplett" was some kind of a
projection lens for one of the Balopticon's. It's
so simple it makes you laugh. Unscrew the end
and everything slides out in a pile. Wash and put
it back together. It's really sharper than you
want for portraits, but at 18" that sharpness is
very shallow on a head and shoulder.

6. The Gundlach Perigraphic Convertible is a mystery. It
is 3 - 3 like a Dagor but it isn't an anastigmat.
I've always thought it was likely a RR with an extra
glass at each end. Gundlach was sort of famous for
doing that. Their Tessar has 3 glasses cemented where
all the others have 2, and their Protar has 5! where
the real protar's have 4 etc. They got around patent
issues that way. BUT it really has a crisp nice look
to it and I'm anxious to play with it some more. Plus
the 95 year old shutter is simply working perfectly.

7. The FORD! It has crud in the gas tank and leaves me
stranded every couple of miles. I decided I needed to
pull the tank and FIX it. Well, the tank only comes
out through the top, so that means the bed needs to
come off. I've been drilling rusty 68 year old bolts
for days. I've always been a gear head, but I'm
gettin too old for this crap! Still, I'm determined to
make this old truck dependable enough to head for the
bottom of Baja with the cameras some day.

That's my dream!

Thanks for wading through this blog. Let me
know what your thoughts are.