Wray

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Wray was a British optical company formed in 1850,[1] and best known for lenses used in other makers' cameras. Wray made a couple of cameras after World War II, most notably the 35mm SLR Wrayflex, and sold the Graflex Stereo Graphic camera under its own name.


Lenses

  • Lustrar: anastigmat composed of four elements, arranged as positive-negative-negative-positive. Early Photography lists a 135 mm f/4.8 example(for the Wrayflex)[2] Greenleaf lists it as an f/4.5[3][4][5]
  • Platystigmat (seen on some of J.T. Chapman's 'British' cameras)
  • Rapid Rectilinears including the Detective (seen on some of Chapman's cameras)[6]
  • Supar: a simple triplet, most used as an enlarging lens.[3]
  • Unilite: similar to the Lustrar, but with cemented negative elements.[3]
  • Copying/CRT lens: an f/1 lens for photographing oscilloscope traces etc.[7]






British companies
Adams & Co. | Agilux | Aldis | APeM | Aptus | Artima | Barnet Ensign | Beard | Beck | Benetfink‎ | Billcliff | Boots | British Ferrotype | Butcher | Chapman | Cooke | Corfield | Coronet | Dallmeyer | Dekko | De Vere | Dixons | Dollond | Elliott | Gandolfi | Gnome | Griffiths | G. Hare | Houghtons | Houghton-Butcher | Hunter | Ilford | Jackson | Kentmere | Kershaw-Soho | Kodak Ltd. | Lancaster | Lejeune and Perken | Lizars | London & Paris Optic & Clock Company | Marion | Marlow | Meagher | MPP | Neville | Newman & Guardia | Pearson and Denham | Perken, Son and Company | Perken, Son & Rayment | Photopia | Purma | Reid & Sigrist | Reynolds and Branson | Ross | Ross Ensign | Sanderson | Sands & Hunter | Shackman | Shew | Soho | Standard Cameras Ltd | Taylor-Hobson | Thornton-Pickard | Underwood | United | Watkins | Watson | Wynne's Infallible | Wray

Notes

  1. Company Notes at Early Photography.
  2. f/4.8 Lustrar at Early Photography; no picture.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Greenleaf, Allen R. (1950) Photographic Optics, Macmillan, New York, pp201-8.
  4. 135 mm f/4.8 Lustrar for the Wrayflex, sold at Auction 41 by LP Foto Auktioner, on 28 April 2012.
  5. Newman & Guardia New Special Sibyl 6x9 camera, with 4¼-inch f/4.5 Lustrar, sold at LP Foto Auktioner's Auction 41.
  6. Rapid Rectilinear lenses at Early Photography.
  7. 2-inch f/1 CRT lens at Early Photography: diagram, but no photograph.


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