Identify this enlarging lens: O & ER

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by trooper, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. I recently acquired a large cache of enlarging lenses with some darkroom
    equipment. They were mostly common but high grade brands/models but there was
    one that I haven't been able to track down. It's an O & ER, marked Reston, VA
    and is a 4.5/135mm, made in Japan. It's a bit intriguing because it has a nice,
    sixteen blade iris and while it's compact (with 39mm thread), it seems to be of
    decent quality of manufacture. Googling didn't bring up anything but I thought
    that perhaps someone might have some idea about this.

    Maybe it's just another re-badged generic but the mechanicals seem to be of
    decent quality and it seems of relatively modern design. I get 6 reflections of
    light with a point source so perhaps it's a simple triplet?
  2. Among other things, O+ER sold ID cameras that took Polaroid film. Y'r lens may have come from one.

    If only 6 bright and no faint reflections, it sounds like a triplet. Still worth a trial to make sure it isn't a real treasure. And who knows? It might be. Odds are against, but it might be.

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