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    Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    I have a Wollensak 159mm lens mounted in an Alphax F9.5 shutter where the T setting is failing making it difficult to focus. I can use a cable with a lock on the B setting but is there another type of shutter, maybe one with a focus preview lever, that the lenses can be mounted in?

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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    Quote Originally Posted by joedgaia View Post
    I have a Wollensak 159mm lens mounted in an Alphax F9.5 shutter where the T setting is failing making it difficult to focus. I can use a cable with a lock on the B setting but is there another type of shutter, maybe one with a focus preview lever, that the lenses can be mounted in?
    My late version is mounted in the largest Rapax shutter which is laoded with features including a switched flash sync, T -B 1-400 & a preview lever.

    I'm not sure but I would guess if your WA is a later coated version (so post WWII), it would be a direct fit from The Alphax (self setting shutter) to the largest size Rapax w/ preview lever (manual set shutter). Seeing how it's the same time frame and the same company they may have the same size cells .

    I'm working away from home for a few more days but will/can put my calipers on my cells/shutter when I'm back at the house. I would guess you can find some of if not all the dimensions at Camera Eccentric in the Wollensak catalogs.

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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    TY Louis

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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    Quote Originally Posted by joedgaia View Post
    I have a Wollensak 159mm lens mounted in an Alphax F9.5 shutter where the T setting is failing making it difficult to focus. I can use a cable with a lock on the B setting but is there another type of shutter, maybe one with a focus preview lever, that the lenses can be mounted in?
    I'd just get another Alphax, or Betax #3 shutter; (and/or get your's serviced? - They're pretty durable) Any Alphax should do; just transfer the face with the matching aperture scale. If you want flash, get a Synchromatic. AFAIK, Rapax shutters have different dimensions, but don't quote me on that. (I'd sell you my matching Betax shutter if you get desperate lol).
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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    Why not get it repaired? I'd ask Carol at Flutot's.
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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    The cells will screw directly in to any Alphax or Betax #3 shutter. A Rapax looks like close but no cigar.

    Alphax shutters are dead simple and a joy to work on, even for those usually reluctant to open up the hood. There’s not much that can’t be fixed with a simple, partial disassembly and cleaning of gunked-up parts. If this fails, Flutot’s is the next step.

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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    Why not get it repaired? I'd ask Carol at Flutot's.
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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    Kerry Thalmann found a late model, multi-coated version of this lens.

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    Re: Wollensak 159mm Lens Shutter Options

    I sent it off to Carol. She was able to get it working again although she said that the T setting wouldn't function. As it is necessary for focusing, I'll have to use the Bulb setting with a cable release lock down for focus purposes, not ideal but a workaround.

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