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R & J Beck was a renowned British optical company based in London.[1] It was founded in 1843 by the nephews of J.J. Lister, Richard Beck (1827-1866) and Joseph Beck (1828-1891) who were in partnership with a famous instrument maker, James Smith (d. 1870): the firm started as Smith and Beck. In 1854 the company was renamed to Smith, Beck and Beck. After Smith's retirement in 1865 the company became R & J Beck. It produced a wide range of optical products: microscopes, telescopes, trench periscopes for army officers in the First World War, eye test glasses for opticians (optometer lenses), other optical equipment, and camera lenses and even some cameras. A Beck Symmetrical is quite a commonly-seen lens on British folding cameras. Some cameras of the Ensign brand have lenses branded as "Beck Ensign". T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935; 'Lawrence of Arabia') used a plate camera made by Beck.[2]


Cameras

  • Dai Cornex (1905)
Folding camera for 123 rollfilm 4 x 5 inches. Fitted with a Beck-Steinheil Orthostigmat lens, Series I and a Bausch and Lomb Unicum shutter [3]
  • Frena (1894)
  • Hill Sky Camera (1924)


==Lenses==
  • Asymmetrical[4]
  • Autograph Wide Angle Lens (100°) (~1888)[5]
  • Beck-Steinheil Orthostigmat
    • Series I[6]
    • Series IV No.1, 2.87"[7]
  • Biplanat
    • N° 2, 5"
    • N° 3, 6"
    • N° 5, 9" f/5.6-f/45
    • N° 6, 11"[8]
  • Convertible Double Apeanat 9" f/7.7[9]
  • Enlarging Anastigmat 2 1/4in f/4.5[10]
  • Ensign Anastigmat Series VIIn nº 0
  • Isostigmar
    • 4.75"[11]
    • 7.2" f/7.7[12]
    • Variable Softness Portrait Ser.VI f/5.6 (1908)
  • Microstigmar
  • Multiflex Lens f/8[13]
  • Neostigmar Series IIIn No.3 5" [14]
  • Rapid Rectilinear 11 inch f/8 (~1910)[15]
  • Symmetrical Lens
    • 11" (1900-1910)[16]
    • 12" f/8 (~1907)[17]


Guided Weapons Lenses

The following lenses have been documented[18]

Links

• Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2015) Photographic Walk-Around of the Target Aircraft Camera Dekko GW2 Mk 2 Model 2. [CAMERA | TOPIA] (Albury, NSW). 6 pp.

Notes

  1. In 1867-80, 31 Cornhill; in 1881-1900, 68 Cornhill. Factory at Lister Works, Kentish Town, Holloway.
  2. T. E. Lawrence and his Cameras at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford
  3. NMSI - Objects Cornex rollfilm camera
  4. See this image set
  5. Beck's Wide Angle "Autograph" Lens at Antique Wood Cameras
  6. NMSI - Objects Cornex rollfilm camera
  7. NMSI - Objects Beck-Steinheil Orthostigmat lens
  8. NMSI - Objects Biplanat N° 6
  9. Online auction Dec 2011
  10. Online auction Dec 2011
  11. NMSI - Objects Folding bellows hand camera
  12. British half plate camera , with Isostigmar 7.2" f/7.7 sn. #19042 Online auction Dec 2011
  13. NMSI - Objects Multiflex Lens
  14. NMSI - Objects Neostigmar Series
  15. NMSI - Objects Rapid rectilinear lens
  16. NMSI - Objects Symmetrical Lens
  17. Beck Symmetrical 12 Inch F8 from Markus Glück on Flickr
  18. Spennemann, Dirk HR (2015) History, Description and Technical Details of the GW Target Aircraft Cameras designed for testing the performance of guided weapons during the Cold War era. CAMERA | TOPIA (Albury, NSW). 34pp, ISBN 978 1 921220 17 3; DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3864.9449
  19. Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2015). Photographic Walk-Around of the Target Aircraft Camera Dekko GW1 Mk 1A. [CAMERA | TOPIA] (Albury NSW). 6 pp
  20. Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2015). Photographic Walk-Around of the Target Aircraft Camera Dekko GW1 Mk 1A. [CAMERA | TOPIA] (Albury NSW). 6 pp
  21. Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2015) Photographic Walk-Around of the Target Aircraft Camera Dekko GW2 Mk 2 Model 2. [CAMERA | TOPIA] (Albury, NSW). 6 pp.
  22. Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2015). Photographic Walk-Around of the Target Aircraft Camera Dekko GW1 Mk 1C [CAMERA | TOPIA] (Albury NSW). 8 pp.
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