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“The Photographer’s Machinist,” S.K. Grimes

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Annual Pilgrimage to Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Summer means a trip to Maine, and—for two years in a row now—a trip to Maine means a side-trip to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, home of S.K Grimes. This year I brought three large format lenses up with me to take down to Woonsocket:

  • Perken, Son & Rayment 3¼ x 4¼ “Optimus” Quick Acting Portrait Lens 
  • Wollensak 10 Inch (254mm) f/4.5 (W) Raptar Lens LE-2(2) 
  • Wollensak 10 Inch f/5.6 (W) Raptar Telephoto Lens

All three barrel lenses were mounted on lens boards for, respectively, a 5x7 inch “Competitor View” from the Seneca Camera Manufacturing Company (Rochester, NY), a Sinar Norma monorail camera fitted with a behind the lens Sinar/Copal shutter, and a Graflex RB Super D 3¼ x 4¼ inch SLR (Single Lens Reflex).

S. K. Grimes, “The Photographer’s Machinist,” 32 Mechanic Ave, Unit 222, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
S.K. Grimes, “The Photographer’s Machinist,” 32 Mechanic Ave, Unit 222, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Woonsocket Industrial Mill Complex
Woonsocket Industrial Mill Complex

The Clock, S.K. Grimes Camera Repair
The Clock, S.K. Grimes Camera Repair

Joel Dau reams out a Sinar Norma lens board on a PROTO TRAK TRL 1440P Lathe in the machine shop at S.K. Grimes
Joel Dau reams out a Sinar Norma lens board on a PROTO TRAK TRL 1440P Lathe in the machine shop at S.K. Grimes

The machine shop at S.K. Grimes
The machine shop at S.K. Grimes

Woonsocket Industrial Mill Complex
Woonsocket Industrial Mill Complex

“Optimus” Quick Acting Portrait lens (London) mounted on a 5x7 inch “Competitor View” from the Seneca Camera Manufacturing Company (Rochester, NY)
Perken, Son & Rayment “Optimus” Quick Acting Portrait lens (Hutton Garden, London) mounted on a 5x7 inch “Competitor View” from the Seneca Camera Manufacturing Company (Rochester, NY) — “‘Optimus’ Quick Acting Portrait Lens. Aperture F-4. Specially constructed for short exposures in Portraiture. They are second to none, definition being maintained by their perfect optical qualities.”

Inverted view of the Sarah Farmer Inn at Green Acre Bahá’í School in Eliot, Maine, on the ground glass of the Seneca 5x7 inch “Competitor View”
Inverted view of the Sarah Farmer Inn at Green Acre Bahá’í School in Eliot, Maine, on the ground glass of the Seneca 5x7 inch “Competitor View”

Wollesak 10 Inch (254mm) f/4.5 Raptar Lens LE-2(2) mounted on a Sinar Norma 4x5 inch monorail camera
Wollesak 10 Inch (254mm) f/4.5 Raptar Lens LE-2(2) mounted on a Sinar Norma 4x5 inch monorail camera

10 Inch f/5.6 Wollensak Raptar Telephoto lens mounted on a 3¼ x 4¼ inch Graflex RB Super D SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera
Wollensak 10 Inch f/5.6 Raptar Telephoto lens mounted on a 3¼ x 4¼ inch Graflex RB Super D SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera

  • Sinar Norma
  • Wollensak Optical
  • Woonsocket
  • SK Grimes
  • Portrait Lens
  • Graflex
  • RB Super D
  • Large Format Camera
  • 5x7 inch Camera
  • 4x5 inch Camera
  • View Camera
  • Field Camera
  • Monorail Camera
  • Ground Glass
  • Tailboard Camera
  • Classic Camera
  • Seneca Camera Mfg Co

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