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Will. Wetzlar Vastar 2.8/50 M42 - What a tiny lens !
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:58 pm    Post subject: Will. Wetzlar Vastar 2.8/50 M42 - What a tiny lens ! Reply with quote


2 days ago I received a Will. Wetzlar Vastar 2.8/50.
It was a big surprise to me as I received a little parcel in which I found a lot of protection and in silk paper a very very small lens. Shocked

M42 ??? Confused
Very quicly I got my M42 to Eos adapter to check that point... and, well yes it is M42.

So, here it is compared to the Aus Jena Tessar 2.8/50 and the Helios-44M 2/58 :
Left = Will. Wetzlar Vastar 2.8/50 ; f2.8 to f22 ; min focus 0,90m ; 12 blades...
Center = Aus Jena Tessar 2.8/50 ; f2.8 to f22 ; min focus 0,35m ; 5 blades
Right = Helios 44-M 2/58 ; f2 to f16 ; min focus 0,55m ; 8 blades

Now all alone :

Now a few comparison shots between the Tessar and the Vastar.
Wide open at f2.8 :




stopped at f8 :




I was surprised of the results of this dwarf lens.
Sure it is soft wide open, but closed a bit it renders quite well.

Nice found ! Very Happy

Last edited by Olivier on Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:16 am; edited 1 time in total

PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting ! It seems like a very uncommon lens, I have never heard of this before.

Seems like it may be a triplet like the Ludwig Meritar. A wild guess - Your lens I think may have been made as a low-price option for the early Edixa.

I am even more curious to know what Will Wetzlar was.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To my knowledge this company made a lot of slide projector and enlarger lenses, most at the lower price range. Gnome, the now defunct Welsh enlarger and projector manufacturer, used a lot of lenses by Will.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this :

It seemed to be a well-known microscope manufacturer (will wetzlar gmbh) :

A vario stellar which looks a bit like Luis'.

and a picture of a Ludwig Meritar shown by... Lucispictor. You're right, Luis, it looks like it.