Pinkham & Smith Serial Number project

July 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I've been collecting serial numbers of Pinkham & Smith Soft Focus lenses.  Just an attempt to see what's out there and put over time a date range associated with a model number.  Equally so to figure out which lenses were really popular and when.

Pinkham & Smith Semi-Achromat Serial 960P&S Semi-Achromatic Lens ( Series I ). Image courtesy of eBay User aoz_103 [Above image was lifted from antiquecameras.net ... the most extensive source for anything soft focus lens history]

Not an easy task and a lot remains crystal ball gazing.  As times goes on though I hope to collect more and more data to become statistically significant.  As for dates, there are none on the lenses but we can know from advertisements in the photographic literature at which time a model appeared for sale.  

There is still a lot more to be done but without further fanfare, see below the information I have so far after about two years of watching auctions or gathering serial numbers from fellow photographers soft focus lens enthusiasts.

I'm equally keeping track of those lenses without serial numbers.

Give me a shout if you have any information to add, much appreciated.  I've equally started a list on Karl Struss lenses.

The intent is to update this list on my blog when there's significant data added but I hope to get to it at least once/year.

Pinkham & Smith Soft Focus lens serial numbers.

Serial # Description Material
     
None Semi-Achromatic Aluminum
None Semi-Achromatic 11" Aluminum
None Semi-Achromatic 15" Black Painted Aluminum
None Semi-Achromatic Brass, Waterhouse Slots
None Semi-Achromatic 21" Aluminum, Small Iris
None Semi-Achromatic Aluminum, Slot Iris, f6-45
None Semi-Achromatic 15" Aluminum, painted black
None Semi-Achromatic 18" Brass, waterhouse slots
     
960 Semi-Achromatic 17" Aluminum
977 Semi-Achromatic 13" Aluminum
979 Semi-Achromatic 8" with rotating occulting disk  
1021 SA Doublet Series III, 14" Aluminum
1024 SA Doublet Series II 12" Aluminum
1050 SA Doublet Seires II 12", f4.5 Aluminum
1091 SA Doublet 8x10 Series III No 3 Aluminum
1282 Semi-Achromatic 18" Aluminum
1269 SA Doublet Special f4.5-22 Aluminum
1320 Doublet 1 Series I Aluminum
1323 Semi-Achromatic 4 Series I Aluminum
1327 Semi-Achromat 3 Series I Aluminum
1382 SA Doublet 15" Series III, 4 Black painted aluminum
     
1439 Visual Quality 1 Series IV Aluminum
1445 Semi-Achromatic 14" Series I Aluminum
1461 Visual Quality 1 Series IV Aluminum
1462 Semi-Achromat 3 Series I Aluminum
1476 Semi-Achromat 3 Series I Aluminum
     
2115 Visual Quality 4 Series IV Painted Brass
2120 Visual Quality 3 Series IV Painted Brass
2230 P&S Synthetic 2 Series V Painted Brass
223x P&S Synthetic 3 Series V Painted Brass
2256 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2291 P&S Synthetic 4 Series V Painted Brass
2348 P&S Visual Quality 4 Series IV Painted Brass
2356 Visual Quality 4 Series IV Painted Brass
2362 P&S Synthetic 2 Series VI Painted Brass
2394 P&S Synthetic 1 Series VI Painted Brass
2398 P&S Visual Quality 4 Series IV Painted Brass
2408 P&S Synthetic 2 Series VI Painted Brass
2416 Visual Quality 3 Series IV Painted Brass & Clear Brass
2424 P&S Synthetic 2 Series VI  
2513 Visual Quality 2b Series IV Painted Brass
2516 Visual Quality 2b Series IV Painted Brass
2518 Visual Quality 2b Series IV Painted Brass
2553 Visual Quality 2b Series IV Painted Brass
2604 Visual Quality 3 Series IV Painted Brass
2623 Visual Quality 3 Series IV Painted Brass
2629 Visual Quality 3 Series IV Painted Brass
2653 P&S Synthetic 2 Series VI Painted Brass
2664 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
     
2698 Visual Quaity 4 Series IV Painted Brass
2710 P&S Synthetic 2 Series VI Painted Brass
2728 Visual Quality 3 Series IV Painted Brass
2777 P&S Synthetic 2 Series VI Painted Brass
2778 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2786 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Brass
2816 Synthetic 2 Series IV *VI( Painted Brass
2818 Visual Quality 3 Series IV Painted Brass
2834 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2846 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2854 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2860 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2870 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Burke & James rework 1963
2886 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2888 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass
2895 Visual Quality 2 Series IV Painted Brass

 

For those who are not familiar with Soft Focus lenses and the history behind it, please visit Dan's website for much more information at

http://antiquecameras.net/softfocuslenses.html

Cheers,

Come back soon for an update on my camera construction projects

Rudi Amedeus.


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