Large Ross Lens : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Does anybody know anything about large ross lenses, as I have picked up a ross 50 inch f 8 telephoto lens. I have been told that its vintage is about the time of the second world war.

-- Ross Felix (, August 27, 2001


Perhaps a bit of optic detritus surviving the Woomera Tests, Ross. I've been told that there was all manner of exotica at the time being used for tracking and the like. Have you run a check on it for radiation?

Good luck .... WG

-- Walter Glover (, August 27, 2001.

Ross were an English company and were reputed to be one of the best in their time. I use a 105mm Ross enlarging lens and I think that it's of a reasonable quality.I would guess that the date that you quote is about right i.e. between the 1940's & the 1950's. Try it. Pete.

-- Pete Watkins (, August 27, 2001.

It was most likely designed as a television or cine lens, and may not cover a much larger format. I've seen one or two of these monster lenses designed by Ross or Taylor Hobson, but never had the chance to play with one of them. Tell us all what you find, please.

-- Pete Andrews (, August 28, 2001.

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