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Henry



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan Fromm wrote:
.... I'd look for a 103/4.5 Graftar (or is it Graflar?) in Century shutter....


It's both, appparently. IOW there are two names. I have the GrafTAR, and can't speak to the GrafLAR, but I agree with you: the TAR is a very useable, perhaps underrated, lens, and the Century shutter is generally trouble free, in my experience. It also synchronizes automatically (i.e., the user doesn't have to make settings) with flash.
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78ltd



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:18 pm    Post subject: What's What Reply with quote

When the Century came out in '49, it came equipped with the 103mm Trioptar. Within a year or two the name changed to Graftar. Same lens, same shutter, different name. Both were made by Wollensak. Sometime in the 60's, the Graflar came out which is a Rodenstock Trinar design that was only sold in the EV coupled Prontor SVS shutter. It was not offered in any other shutter combo.
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Henry



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha! Thanks for that info. Different lens designs, in different shutters. I have wondered why there were two so similar names; now I know.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey


78ltd " Sometime in the 60's, the Graflar came out which is a Rodenstock "

I have a 101mm Graflar # 3813845 & by Rodenstock S# that make it about a 1956 ??
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