One of the other lenses that came
with that group
was a small dirty chromed 4" projection lens. I cast
it in a parts box and never thought about it again.
That is until yesterday. A friend that I owe a favor
to had asked for a very small Petzval that would
vignette 4X5 but still retain the Petzval signature
of dead sharp center that fades immediately to
So I dug out the little junker 4"
lens figuring I'd
see what it was. Land 'o Goshen if it didn't turn
out to be a diminutive Gundlach #1 4" Petzval.
Just what the doc ordered. But how would it perform
on a 4X5? After disassembling and cleaning I
mounted it in a "C" 4X4" lensboard figuring I'd
want to use it on my 1947 Speed with the curtain
shutter. The aperture calculated to f2.4!! I'd need
some fast speeds.
I loaded 10 sheets of Efke 25 film
and since it was
blustery and very cold outside, this proved to be
the perfect indoor camera treat. As it turned out
I feared the focal plane shutter would cause movement
so I used the patented Jim Galli shutter that we all
had a good laugh at a few weeks back. It worked
perfectly and I had times from 1/4 to 19 seconds. I
enjoyed near perfect exposures on every sheet.
Below are the 10 photos in the order
I made them.
I had great fun and could have done 20 about as
easily as 10. The speed has 0 movements and I
could have actually expanded the focus plane
slightly with the deardorff's movements. This little
lens has personality in spades!! Should I let it
get away from me??
Ives Locy 1
Ives Locy 2
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