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Clip-on and D-mount Wollensak 1½ inch f/3.5 cine telephoto
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Clip-on and D-mount Wollensak 1½ inch f/3.5 cine telephoto Reply with quote

The Wollensak Cine Telephoto lens of 1½ inches focal length for Bell & Howell Filmo 8s, also sold as Bell & Howell Telate, is a triplet. The less satisfying punch-through diaphragm leaves again. Pinching threaded bushes and nothing to secure the lens from being screwed apart, a mess. This one cost me $13 with eBay.

$42 in 1948, $426.89 as of today. When bought from the Bell & Howell Company, the price was $46 in 1940, $804.85 today. Theft.

I shall report about other ciné lenses, better ones, also cheaply available now. Not that it were impossible to shoot with Wollensak lenses, but after all these years we must have a closer look at the mechanics and what future they probably have. One could of course stamp fresh diaphragm leaves from spring steel stock, press in pivots, harden and anneal them, and thus breathe new life into such a lens. I won’t do that, just CLA.