Originally Posted by dave lackey
Beautiful motif and fantastic images! I would love to know what camera and lens was used....
Thanks for posting,
There were very few types of lenses in use at this time. Most likely it would have been a rapid rectilinear design. Petzval designs were also in use but they were much larger and faster having been around since Daguerre and wet plates which required fast lenses and long exposures even in direct sun. Rapid rectilinear a were very common on cameras of the time. Darlot, Dallmeyer, B&L, Voigtlander and Kodak are just of a few that made them.
My ex employer in the early 70's was in his 90's and had been a commercial photographer from the late 1800's. He shot autochrome in the early days and had quite a few 5x7 plates that I coppied on ektachrome. Unless you see them in person you really can't appreciate the true beauty of these images.
Autochrome is warm and has beautiful soft colors. The red, green and blue starch granules were large enough to see with the unaided eye. Unfortunately the technical information for the process has been lost in time. From my last research into the process it had not been successfully reproduced although a group of enthusiasts are working on it.
The camera would have been a view camera. There were dozens of makers if not more at that time. The lens probably was a rapid rectilinear and again there were dozens of makers.