Wollensak 'Graphic' Raptar, seeking info

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    How is the Graphic Raptar different to otherwise similar enlarging Raptars?

    I have a Wollensak Graphic Raptar 3" (74mm) F4.5 which is quite a nice lens, no complaints, but I don't know anything about them or their intended application.

    What's special or different about the 'Graphic' versions of Wollensak lenses? Any resources or references that I can look at to find out?
     
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    As I recall the Graphic lens were designed for camera ready work in the printing trade. Other than the name I dont know if there were any sigificant differances.
     
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    Thanks. Can you suggest any documentation that confirms that or sheds more light on the subject?
     
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    Thanks. I've tried searching both and haven't found anything relevant to the Graphic Raptar lens. Is there any specific part of those that's relevant to the Graphic Raptars?
     
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    Get a copy of Vade Mecum, a lens collector's vade mecum* by M. Wilkinson and C. Glanfield

    *Vade mecum: Eng. a book or manual suitable for carrying about with one for ready reference(1629): a casket set by Busch (1890's).

    You can find it only line for a donation.
     
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    The word "Graphic" on a lens or shutter simply means that the lens was used on a Speed Graphic or Crown Graphic camera.
     
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    Thanks but I can't find any specific references to support that, although you're not the first to suggest it either. If you have any specific links then that would be great. Thanks.
     
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    Since Dagor77 has sold a 273mm f/6.8 Wide Field Graphic Raptar that covers 8x10 and another person has listed a 51mm f/4.5 Graphic Raptar, it would seem that use on a Speed or Crown Graphic would be ruled out. More likely is use in the graphic arts/copy business where perhaps the refinements and cost of the APO Raptar weren't called for. In the 1949 Wollensak Commercial catalog the lenses were still called just Raptar so adding Graphic could have been a post 1950 marketing ploy.
     
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    That statement is completely and utterly wrong.
     
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    Thanks very much for posting that section. I already had a look at the free (old) version before even posting my original question but I need to get the latest version which may have better or updated info. Unfortunately I didn't see any reference to 'Graphic' Raptars however. Is the section you posted from the latest or the old version?

    I've looked at various brochures on http://www.cameraeccentric.com and found no references to 'Graphic' Raptars.

    This 1957 brochure makes no reference to 'Graphic' Raptars so maybe they belong to a later period or were more specialised and not relevant to the specific brochure below.

    http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/wollensak_14.html
     
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    Thanks.