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16-Jul-2013, 06:46
I recently purchased a Graflex Century camera from the estate of a press photographer. Included in the case were a Wollensak "Reflex" lens and lens parts which do not belong to the camera, and which I would greatly appreciate help identifying which camera they belong to. I have seen very similar lenses for the Graflex 3A, but nothing identical.

IMAGES 1-2. Wollensak Reflex Lens (top left), Focus Lens Part 1 (top right), Lens Part 2 (bottom left), Sepia Filter Part 3 (bottom right),
IMAGES 3-4. Wollensak Reflex Lens close-ups

Wollensak "Reflex" Lens. This lens has the following markings on the side of the housing:

3 1/4 x 5 1/2 Planatograph Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.

Wollensak Rochester


6.3f 8 11 16 22 32

Focus Lens Part 1. This part has the following markings:

2 1 + 0 - 1 2 3 4 (on the knurled focus ring)

35 (on back of part)
DIMENSIONS: 2" front to back. The screw mount at back is 2-5/8" in diameter. The glass measures approximately 1" in diameter.
Lens Part 2. This part has no markings anywhere. The glass has a centering cross etched into its surface. The brass housing has a flange soldered to its side. It does not seem to integrate with any of the lens parts shown, but was in the same box as the other parts.
DIMENSIONS: 2-1/4" OD, 1/2" front to back, Glass 1-5/8" Dia.
Sepia Filter Part 3. This part has no markings anywhere. The housing measures 2-1/16" OD, and the filter, which can be pulled out of the housing by means of a hinged wire handle, measures 1-3/8". It may be designed to insert into the back of Focus Lens Part 1.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Steven Tribe
16-Jul-2013, 13:14
I don't think the heavy duty lens is a photographic item.
The postcard format Planatograph lens was a standard item for this short-lived size. Perhaps someone can think of a reflex camera that used that size?

16-Jul-2013, 14:48
Perhaps from a reflex postcard camera like this:

17-Jul-2013, 18:28
Thanks. The lens in your photo certainly looks like the same one. Which manufacturer made the camera?

17-Jul-2013, 18:30
You may be right. As I recall there was an enlarger at the estate where I bought the Graflex that these lenses were sitting with.

17-Jul-2013, 19:49
Thanks. The lens in your photo certainly looks like the same one. Which manufacturer made the camera?

That is a Graflex 3A

17-Jul-2013, 20:02
For future interest www.surplusshed has a large CDROM of Wollensak lenses here (http://www.surplusshed.com/pages/item/w1005.html).