35mm camera and a VERITO lens

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by jnanian, May 7, 2008.

  1. jnanian

    jnanian Advertiser Advertiser

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    i know most folks think of large format when they think of
    the wollensak verito lens ...
    BUT i came across someone on eBoo who is selling
    ultra rare verito lenses that were made to be used with 35mm cameras!

    i had never heard of this .. do any of you verito AND 35mm aficionados
    have one of these lenses, and how do you like it ?

    thanks!

    john
     
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    I do not believe it is true unless someone has taken a cheap lens and painted the name "Verito" on it. These lenses were made by Wollensak and a quick check of some of their old catalogs shown on www.cameraeccentric will verify or refute their existence.
     
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    In the OLD days, it was assumed you'd buy a Verito and a camera and learn how to use them.

    You focus while stopping the aperture down, and reopening it, usually while watching the highlights.

    It took a while to learn. Lots of Pictorialists flocked to the Ansatigmats like Tessars and Heliars because they could SEE the image to focus. Then, they simply racked the bellows out till the sharp focus was moved between the subject and the camera. Same result, much easier.

    I think most of us today would lack the patience AND necessity of learning how to make an image with a Verito on 35, it would be pretty much a waste of time. Not to mention close to three grand.

    But you'd need to try it with a Nikon F (or something you could use with a plain ground glass)
    A third hand might be handy. The final problem is that a Verito image works well as a contact print
    because you are able to see the image life size on the glass.
    Enlarging the image would change that relationship of blur to magnification.

    I don't think I'll be flogging the Thambar to get a Verito any time soon.

    Nickolas Muray was as good with a Verito as anybody but he shot everything with it for years and probably became pretty instinctive with it. (examples: http://www.geh.org/ar/strip19/m197100460305.jpg)

    If you pick it up John, I'll be SURE to stop by next time I'm back east !
     
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    ohh, i don't have the cash for a toy like that.
    i had never seen one for 35mm, and saw it somehow on eBOO today.
    at first it looked like a joke, since i had never seen one mentioned in
    any of the wollensak catalogs on cameraeccentric ..
    but the lens looked just like one would imagine a verito with a 35mm mount
    to look.


    john ( who shoots through saran wrap to get a nice effect )
     
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    Well. It is pretty well documented that Wollensack, B&L, Graflex, and Kodak aren't THAT well documented !

    That's confusing, isn't it ?

    Back in the day, not everything they made made it into the catalogs !

    Saran Wrap ? WHAT kind of Saran Wrap ???
     
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    don :smile:

    i should have know that !

    oh, i use the cheap-stuff,
    (clear of course! )

    infront of my lens, it
    gives a nice image ..
    nice, that is if you like blurry images :wink:

    john