I just got the circa 1916 Bausch & Lomb 15 inch triplet brass lens back together again after cleaning it all up and reconditioning it and mounted it on a lens board. I stuck it on the Burke and James 5x7 with a 4x5 reducing back and went looking for a test subject. We've been having freezing rain all day today so going outside wasn't an option so I grabbed one of our garden statues from next to the pond and brought it inside next to a window and created this image. The lens doesn't have a shutter so I tried out the world famous, patented "Jim Galli Shutter" as shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Baa8Bwnn9Sk Surprisingly, it worked really well. I took two shots like this and the exposure on each was right in the correct range of 1/30th (ish) at the lens's wide open aperture of approximately F6.7. Now I just need to cure the issue with the rear standard on the Burke and James traveling on me while inserting the film holders and throwing things back out of focus. I'll have to pick up a set of clamps to lock the standard in place. It's too bad the locks that came with the camera are completely worthless as designed.
Burke and James 5x7" large format field camera with 4x5 reducing back.
15" (380mm) Bausch & Lomb triplet brass lens.
Ilford FP4+ B&W fim shot at 125 ISO.
Exposure was approximately 1/30th second at F6.7.
Lit by four fluorescent 80 watt bulbs inside a 28" Westcott Apollo softbox placed camera right and a 30" white reflector bouncing light back onto the statue from camera left.
Developed in Adox Rodinal 1:50 dilution for 10 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius using a Beseler 8x10 print drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base.
4x5" negative scanned with Epson V600.