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Posted 7 years ago

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I found it in the attic in Pembroke, Ontario. There was a phothgrapher living years before us. I have some other lenses but this is brass and large. The others are smaller and often wooden.

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  1. JohnKratz JohnKratz, 7 years ago
    It would be helpful to know what it says on the side of the lens...
  2. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 7 years ago
    Can we get info on lens plus another pic of other side. Dave
  3. Ron P, 7 years ago
    I also have one. There is no writing on the other side of it. Mine just states:

    No 3
    Universal Portrait
    Bausch & Lomb Opitcal.
    Am I missing something? Does anyone know where I can get information on it?

  4. centuryviewfan, 5 years ago
    Now I am thoroughly confused! This is now the second lens I've seen that is virtually identical to my Eastman Kodak Portrait lens, f5, 15", 8X10 format. The other lens look-alike is a Burke & James 8X10 Cephaloscope Portrait lens which was supposedly made for the 1916 B&J Ingento Studio Camera, also an f5, 8X10, probably 15" lens. I have read on other photo sites that Kodak not only manufactured some lenses for its own cameras, but as well had licensing agreements with other major optical photo lens manufacturers to produce lenses for them using that manufacturers name on the lenses they purchased for their own Kodak branded cameras. Now I would like to know if my Eastman Kodak Portrait Lens was actually made by Kodak or one of these other possible manufacturers for Kodak, but using Kodak name inscribed on the lens.
    My Kodak lens came on The Century Master Studio Camera, Graflex Vintage, 1946-1955 that I purchased about 35 years ago from another photographer who actually purchased it new. I don't know if he already owned the lens, or he purchased it with the camera. I'm thinking the former since this lens is a dead ringer for the B&J Cephaloscope made in 1916, and also the B&L No. 3, made I don't know when. If no one can help us solve this riddle soon I will probably contact the George Eastman House Museum for help. If you can't get it directly from the horse's mouth I don't know where else to go for information on these lenses, the Kodak Portrait Lens in particular. If anyone out there in cyberspace hears our pleas and knows the answers to this riddle a response would be appreciated by all interested photo enthusiast concerning these three lenses.

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