Wollensak Verito 14.5" F4 diffused Focus

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  1. msage

    msage Member

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    Hi
    I have a Wollensak Verito 14.5" F4 diffused Focus with a #4 studio shutter. How does the shutter operate? I can't tell if its not working or it is operater error.:wink: Thanks
    Michael
     
  2. Barry S

    Barry S Member

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    I have the same lens and shutter. The shutter is very simple with the same blades acting as an iris and shutter. Set your aperture first and then switch the lever so the blades completely close. When you depress the cable release all the way, the blades will open to your pre-set aperture. The fastest speed you can get is 1/15 or 1/20 with a quick press of the cable release. It acts like the B setting on a regular leaf shutter. It's not unusual for Studio Shutters to have problems--the design and construction weren't that great.
     
  3. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yup. You can often make good deals on these lenses, because people think the shutter is broken, because it doesn't seem to do anything. The lever has an open and a closed position, and as Barry says, you use the closed position with a cable or bulb release, depending on what kind of connection you have. My 14.5" Verito has a bulb and piston fitting, and I can get about 1/15 sec., pressing and releasing as quickly as possible

    Studio Shutters are fairly easy to repair, as long as no parts are broken. If you have to disassemble the blades, take careful note of how they are assembled. There is one double leaf that closes the circle.
     
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