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I bought a Wollensak 210 f/4.5 barrel lens I would like to try on my Crown Graphic. Any comments on the quality and use of this lens would certainly be appreciated. Thanks
-- Jack Frost (email@example.com), April 27, 2000
I have used two Wollensak lenses in the past--both were excellent performers, though I'm sure neither were up to modern standards. One was a 14" Raptar that I used on an 8x10 camera, and I wish now I hadn't sold it with the camera. The other was a 150mm Raptar that I used for many years as an enlarging lens for my 4x5 negatives. I never had any complaints about the latter lens, but I have replaced it with a modern Schneider.
I suspect your Wollensak will work very well for making 4x5 negatives, but if you need critical sharpness, contrast, or color rendition you would do well to obtain a more modern design.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 28, 2000.