Another 8X10 lens for the "never Sell" list...

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by jimgalli, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. jimgalli

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    The other day I bought an entire camera to get a lens that I'd not seen before. It's a Wollensak Ex. WA f12.5 6 1/2 X 8 1/2 lens. The 8X10 159mm version is common as dirt but the smaller size is unusual. I checked my 1936 Wolly catalog and according to them, it covers 8X10 at smaller apertures. It's a diminutive 135mm lens in a Betax 3 shutter. So yesterday I seized opportunity and set off through Nevada's out back. I used it just once (I'm a poor wide angle man). At about 24" away from an early '50's Packard Clipper, I basically got the entire car in with some purposeful distortions for effect. Souped the Ektapan last evening and had a critical look this AM. In EV 16 glaring desert sun with chrome glinting, that little lens performed stunningly. I could select a 6X7cm area out of that neg most anywhere and make a 16X20 enlargement that would hold up perfectly.
     
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    good story....Jim you gotta be careful sneaking up on old Packards like that!
     
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    This one's been slumbering in the weeds for some time...

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    Clipper
     
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    Great image Jim. I love it.
     
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    Nice shot Jim, by the way nice scoop on the heliar. I almost hit the button on that one.
     
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    Beautiful Jim.
     
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    how much did you say you wanted for that lens?
     
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    Thanks all. A vote from a chrome only guy! Cool. Read my lips Dave :D:D Did your 'stigmat come. I used mine on the 12X20 same day. Have movements galore with that little lens. And it's sharp as all get out too.