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Ross was a British company, founded in 1830. It is well known for its camera lenses and binoculars. Ross had an early close association with Carl Zeiss in Jena, Zeiss licensed some Ross patent designs particularly for EWA lenses and in turn Ross had a license for the British Empire to make some Carl Zeiss lens types. Zeiss built a factory in London, mainly to produce Binoculars, but some camera lenses appear to have been produced, the factory was taken over by Ross during WWI. Ross also made some cameras, from about 1855 to the 1910s. In 1948 or 1949, Ross was merged into Barnet Ensign (the successor of Houghton-Butcher) to form Barnet Ensign Ross Ltd., which became Ross Ensign Ltd. in 1954. The new company continued the production of the Ensign cameras and of the Ross lenses; the production of cameras was dropped in 1961 but the company continued for some time to sell Ross optical devices such as binoculars or enlarging lenses.
Products[edit | edit source]
Cameras[edit | edit source]
Para as câmeras Feitas POR Barnet Ensign Ross e Mais tarde POR Ross Ensign, Consulte Houghton e Ensign.
- Ross Focal Plane Camera (strut folding press camera)
|Homocentric, advertised as winter lens|
Lenses[edit | edit source]
Names of Ross lenses:
|Ross lenses: Combinable, Xpres and Homocentric|
|No. 6 Symmetrical|
with aperture dial
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Channing, Norman and Dunn, Mike. British Camera Makers. An A-Z Guide to Companies and Products. London : Parkland Designs, 1996. ISBN 0-9524630-0-8 Pp.21–2 and 107–9.
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Pp.393 and 861.