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    Re: Age of Wollensak 6" (159mm) Extreme W.A.

    Dan,

    If you read my post again, I think you might recognize that my suggestion was primarily to use Seth himself as the resource and that the listed catalogs might offer some information that could potentially be helpful. My experience with Seth has been that his expertise far eclipses the info in the catalogs. Having said that, yes, I have done this kind of research on his site for many items in which I have had personal interest, including four Wollensak lenses. Sometimes I have found exactly what I needed. Other times not, but all have lead me to further avenues of research and great interest in what I was exploring....thus the suggestion to check those out.

    Have a nice day.

    Tim
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    Re: Age of Wollensak 6" (159mm) Extreme W.A.

    A few months ago I bought a 12 in f4.5 Velostigmat, Series II. Serial is 487217. Lens is uncoated, and is in Betax #5. I love this lens!. I always supposed it was from the late 20s or 30s. SO, is it a tessar type or a Cooke type?


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    Re: Age of Wollensak 6" (159mm) Extreme W.A.

    Kent, that lens is a Tessar formula. My first real view camera, an Ansco 8x10, had one of those on the front. Smooth and creamy tones, as long as you didn't point it toward the light. Like you I assumed that it was from the '20s or '30s. But 30 years ago, (like today), even in the city where it had been made, there was no easy way to find that information.

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