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The Sutton Lens

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The one and only water lens. Basically, two glass hemispherical bowls with a diaphragm in the middle and filled up with water. Thomas Sutton came up with this idea in 1859, it was made for a very special camera, (the Sutton panoramic camera) in order to project an image on a curved glass plate.
Real focal length, projection, maximum aperture, etc. are unknown.
I’m not sure either if I can classify it as a real fisheye lens.

Recently Lomography tried to exploit this piece of photography history too, but it seems it’s a plain flat lens.
I’d try to fill it with VODKA or GRAPPA to see what’s coming out.

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