Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Wollensak Velostigmat VF

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Redondo Beach
    Posts
    551

    Wollensak Velostigmat VF

    I need a couple of other questions answered about the 300 F4.5 Series II Velosti gmat VF. The part of the lens in front of the shutter, that is, all of the lens in front of the shutter can be rotated and is this normal or something that nee ds to be fixed/addressed? In other words, the front of the lens, and the lens itself can be rotated even though I accidently did this once and only once,for fear this is not as it should be. Being new to LF, I have no idea if this is nor mal or not. Incidently HOW DO I GET THIS LENS TO OPEN AND CLOSE? I don't see a lever or button for opening or closing the lens.
    Jonathan Brewer

    www.imageandartifact.bz

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Dec 1997
    Location
    Baraboo, Wisconsin
    Posts
    7,697

    Wollensak Velostigmat VF

    I don't have this particular Wollensak lens but I have two others. If yours are in the same kind of shutter as mine, there is no lever to open and close the lens as there usually is on newer shutters. You focus by setting the aperture at its widest, setting the shutter to "T," and then firing the shutter, presumably with your cable release. When set on "T" the shutter will stay open until you close it by firing it again. After that you set the shutter at the speed with which you'll actually make the photograph. The shutter, again if it is like the two that are on my Wollensak lenses, is a self-cocking shutter, which I've come to like quite a bit. With a self cocking shutter you don't have to cock the shutter every time you want to use it.

    The fact that the front lens element will turn in the shutter if you try to do so is normal, unless it turns so readily that you can't keep it on the shutter, which seems unlikely.

    The "Velostigmat" designation means that you have an uncoated lens, unless by chance some previous owner had it coated. The Wollensak lenses that were single coated from the factory were referred to as "Raptars."

    I've been pleased with the two Wollensak lenses that I have (a 159 mm and a triple convertible 330/500/612). I use them on my 8x10 camera and I only contact print my 8x10 negatives, so I don't know how they would be if used to make negatives that were going to be enlarged. For contact printing though they've been very good, particularly considering the price of around $300 each.
    Brian Ellis
    Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you do criticize them you'll be
    a mile away and you'll have their shoes.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Dec 1998
    Posts
    405

    Wollensak Velostigmat VF

    Is your lens mounted in a shutter? Look for a "Betax" or "Alphax" name around the outside. Alphax shutters are chrome; Betax shutters are black. Neither of these shutters has a cocking mechanism; that is they are self-cocking. Everyone just uses "T" for focusing. They both use a movable pointer for the aperture setting and a rotating ring for the speed. They come in both synchronized and unsynchronized models, but I've only ever seen speeds of 2, 5, 10, 25 50, B & T. Of course if you have a barrel lens, this is all moot. Need I say that if you have a shutterless lens (a barrel mount), you'll only have an aperture ring around a big fat black enamel- coated brass barrel.

Similar Threads

  1. Wollensak Velostigmat Series II 12"
    By Lonnie Bailey in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 25-Aug-2012, 12:03
  2. wollensak velostigmat 6 3/8"
    By peter_6128 in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 8-Dec-2005, 23:45
  3. 11x14 Wollensak Velostigmat WA for 8x20
    By Linas Kudzma in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Mar-2004, 13:15
  4. Wollensak Velostigmat Series II f4.5 9 1/2" Variable SF
    By Paul van der Hoof in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 30-Dec-2001, 05:37
  5. lens, wollensak velostigmat
    By doc in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19-Aug-1999, 18:14

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •