Recessed Board for Wista SP : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

First of all Merry Christmas to all. I have a Wista SP and use it with a 90/8 Super Angulon. With this lens, I cannot rise enough to correct perspective as the bellows are too compressed. I would try to avoid expensive bag bellows in favour of a recessed board. I have tried the Linhof recessed board but sis not fit on the Wista, doe anybody know if Wista makes one special board for this purpose. Thanks Roberto

-- Roberto Manderioli (, December 24, 2001


You use the Linhof 001016 lensboard.

-- Bob Salomon (, December 24, 2001.

Another possibility is to have a flat Wista board drilled with the hole off center (higher than normal). I use the bag bellows- it's great and wasn't that expensive on Ebay- $175 if I remember correctly.

-- David Rose (, December 24, 2001.

I used to have a Wista 45VX, virtually identical to yours except for no microdrive swings on the back. The Linhof recessed board does in fact work well with this camera as I also used a 90/8 SA lens on the recessed board with the 45VX; try it again. Why do you say it does not fit?

-- Jeffrey Scott (, December 24, 2001.

Jeffrey, I use to have one for Linhof but did not fit. A few months have passed and can't exactly remember if it was because the protruding part did not enter the hole or because of the offset position. I guess it was the wrong model! But it seems that a Linhof board do exists indeed. I will check at a local shop Thank you

-- Roberto Manderioli (, December 25, 2001.

Notice I was very specifc.


There are many others + the ones from the III.

You need 001016. They so not have the model marked on them.

-- Bob Salomon (, December 25, 2001.

Bob, thanks for your precision . I don't know anything about Linhof boards. When I bought the 90SA it was already fitted on a recessed Linhof board but although external dimensions were OK the recessed part did not enter the hole in the metal ring fitted in the bellows. That is why I thought Linhof boards were not OK. Thank you for the information. Seasons greetings

-- Roberto Manderioli (, December 25, 2001.

Wista also makes a new wide angle bellows that screws into the back of a special recessed Wista board that fits the Technical cameras and the SW cameras. The board is 214544 and the bellows for it is 4541A. It can not be used wthout that bellow nor can the bellows be attached without that lens board.

-- Bob Salomon (, December 25, 2001.

If you do buy a bag bellows, get the type 4541A mentioned above. It can be used with a flat lens board as well as with the special wide angle board type 214544. Your 90mm lens will work with a flat lens board. Shorter lenses will require a "recessed" lens board, but the Wista wide angle board is much better than the traditional recessed board, as it allows full access to the shutter and the use of a standard cable release.

-- Chris Ellinger (, January 02, 2002.

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