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85mm Wollensak 3.5

 
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miket-nyc



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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 8:44 pm    Post subject: 85mm Wollensak 3.5 Reply with quote

I was looking for a wider-angle lens for my 2 1/4 x 3/1/4 Graphics and I came upon this lens in a box of my own old camera stuff. It was apparently mostly sold on Ciroflex TLRs. I put it on a lensboard and checked it at infinity, and it covers the format and seems equally sharp to the edges on the ground glass. That, of course, is a far cry from using it, but it's worth a try. Has anybody used one of these?

It seems to have less-than-wonderful reviews online, or rather the Ciroflex has less-than-wonderful reviews, and some people say it was driven out of the marketplace by the much sharper lenses on Japanese TLRs. That suggests that a Japanese TLR lens like the one on the Mamiya TLR would be sharper and might also cover the format
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any other identifying names on the lens?

Its likely a triplet and only covers 6 x 6 but might be a tessar if a 4 glass lens.
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Dan Fromm



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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OP, not to discourage you from trying lenses out -- that's the best way to find out whether they'll do what you want -- but you're on a well-trodden path.

Person gets a 2x3 press camera, starts looking for inexpensive lenses, possibly "in the drawer," to extend what can be done with it. Been there, done that. I started when eBay was young, people and camera stores were emptying attics and few people knew much about relatively obscure lenses. I got some wonderful surprises for very little money.

It was like the early days of the California gold rush. Alluvial gold was in stream beds waiting to be picked up. These days most gold in California is well and truly buried and very hard to find.

Nearly all of the relatively inexpensive lenses that look like they just might cover 2x3, for example lenses for Mamiya TLRs, have been tried and found wanting. There aren't that many makes and models of lenses that will do, and they're mostly well-known.

Good luck with your searching and experimenting. Have fun. But keep your expectations low to avoid disappointment.
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