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    Northwestern Portrait & Group Lens 6½X8½ F6 (Rebranded 240mm Versar!)

    The Wollensak Versar comes in many flavors. It was one of the most popular lenses for big Photo and Supply houses 100+ years ago to rebrand with their name on it.


    So this is every bit a Wolly Versar even though it doesn't say so. I invite you to a page here, that has some images made with an identical rebranded Versar some years back. Done on full plate the images speak for themselves, and they speak for this lens. It will produce things just as worthy.


    Condition condition condition! The glass is marvelous for all practical purposes. Bright and clear with a cleaning sleak or 2 if you insist on looking through it at a bright source.


    The "shutter" is another matter. Plan on using a Packard behind this. The Wollensak Series B #1 Studio Shutter of 1907 has a usable aperture, but it no longer works. In fact it's missing the piston actuator. But even if it was there, the blades and mechanism have lost their spring after 100++ years.


    Aperture scale is the old US system. f16 are the same in both systems, so you count either side of '16'. Not a big deal. Flange is missing. I looked and looked through my extra's but did not find a suitable flange. Maybe with some filing the common Wolly size 4 would fit?

    This lens is capable of signature images. Look again at that page of pics at my site. Sweet. $265.00 + shipping to you. Last one I sold was more like $385. The low price reflects missing pieces etc.
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    Make Offers!

    Superb signature images are possible with this lens.

    Tell me what YOU'RE willing to pay for it.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    A little group of images made with this lens earlier today;


    white china white porcelain


    806 cattle car ~ 807 caboose


    807 caboose

    Images done in 6½X8½ format on Panatomic X film developed in Pyrocat HD

    Price Reduction! $225.00

    I've noticed a small blemish on the front glass but it has zero affect. This lens is marvelous in use.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    $195! Free Shipping!

    IN USA

    $15 Shipping Elsewhere in the World.
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    Barrel width is about 55mm on this, so it lends itself to a fairly inexpensive mounting perhaps in a Compound 3 shutter. Not a direct fit, but perhaps with easy machine work??

    Fantastic performer!

    OFFERS??
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Just sent you a PM.

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    Hi Jim, any hot items for an 11x14 in the pretzel , I mean Petzval lens variety? Inquiring minds want to know! Watch those speed limits in town!
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    11X14 pretzels tend to weigh 11 pounds. None for now. Cheers. Jim


    Oh! and the Northwestern is

    sold

    Thanks all.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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