Wollensak Lens and Shutter Compendium

This page strives to comprehensively document the basic specifications and production date range of all Wollensak lenses and shutters made for commercial still cameras from 1899-1972. The information is drawn from this list of original Wollensak product catalogs, price lists, product brochures, and other resources. I am always looking to fill in missing information and correct any errors, so please do not hesitate to contact me with suggestions or additional references.

Lenses are listed alphabetically by series, followed by shutters. Use the table below to jump directly to a particular series of lens or shutter.

LensesLensesLensesShuttersShutters 
f/7.5 AnastigmatRaptar Telephoto
Velostigmat Series IVActusRegno 
Anastigmat Series VRaptar Wide AngleVeritarAlphaxRegular
Beach Multi-focalRoyal Anastigmat Series IVeritoAutexSenior 
Extreme Wide AngleRoyal Anastigmat Wide AngleVersarAutoSkyshade 
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIaRoyal Portrait LensVestaAutomaticStudio 
OrthographicSingle AchromaticVincoBetaxTIB 
Rapid RectilinearSymmetrical Wide AngleVitaxBionicUltex 
Rapid SymmetricalThree Focus SymmetricalVoltasDeltaxUltro 
Raptar Series IaVariumWollensak Portrait Series AGammaxVicto 
Raptar Series IIVelostigmat Series IGraphexVictus 
Raptar Series IIIVelostigmat Series IaJuniorWinner 
Raptar Series IIIaVelostigmat Series IIOptimo  
Raptar Series IVVelostigmat Series IIIRapax

WOLLENSAK LENSES FOR COMMERCIAL STILL CAMERAS

A note on lens coating:
Wollensak introduced the single, hard-coat “Wocote” lens coating in 1946, and it was available at an extra charge through the end of that year.  Beginning in 1947, “Wocote” single coating was standard on all Wollensak lenses for commercial cameras. All of Wollensak’s Raptar lenses are single coated.

f/7.5 Anastigmat

Series Notes: Renamed Anastigmat Series V in 1920.

Lens NameNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
f/7.5 AnastigmatN/A3.25×4.25″5.25″1916-1919?1916 Catalog 
f/7.5 AnastigmatN/A4×5″6.625”1916-1919?1916 Catalog 

Anastigmat Series V

Series notes: Successor to the f/7.5 Anastigmat.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Anastigmat Series V f/7.502.25×3.25″3.5″1920?-1925?1920 Catalog
Anastigmat Series V f/7.513.25×4.25″5″1920?-1925?1920 Catalog
Anastigmat Series V f/7.524×5″5.75″1920?-1925?1920 Catalog
Anastigmat Series V f/7.52a3.25×5.5″6.75″ *1920?-1925?1920 Catalog*6.5″ after 1920
Anastigmat Series V f/7.53a5×8″8.25″ 1920?-1925?1920 Catalog
Anastigmat Series V f/7.546.5×8.5″10.5″1920?-1925?1920 Catalog
Anastigmat Series V f/7.558×10″13″1920?-1925?1920 Catalog

Beach Multi-focal

Series Notes: Available in Series A (soft focus) and Series B (sharp focus).

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Beach Multi-focal f/3.346.5×8.5″9.5″1930?-1934?Beach Multi Focal Instructions 
Beach Multi-focal f/3.358×10″12″1930?-1934?Beach Multi Focal Instructions 
Beach Multi-focal f/3.3610×12″14″1930?-1934?Beach Multi Focal Instructions
Beach Multi-focal f/3.3711×14″16″1930?-1934?Beach Multi Focal Instructions

Extreme Wide Angle

Series Notes: Catalogs variously describe the angle of view as 90 to 100-degrees and advise that the lens be stopped down to f/32 for “sharp definition to the extreme corners” of the plates sizes listed below.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Extreme Wide Angle f/1635×7″4″1903-19211903 Catalog 
Extreme Wide Angle f/1646.5×8.5″5″1903-19211903 Catalog 
Extreme Wide Angle f/1658×10″6″ *1903-19211903 Catalog*6.5″ from 1916
Extreme Wide Angle f/16610×12″7.5″1906-19211906 Catalog
Extreme Wide Angle f/16711×14″8″1906-19211906 Catalog
Extreme Wide Angle f/16814×17″10.5″1909-19211909 Catalog

Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa

Series Notes: 90-degree angle of view, increases up to 100-degrees when stopped down. Convertible using single cells.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.524×5″3.5″1941-1952Oct. 1941 Price List 
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.535×7″4.3125″ *1922-19521922 Catalog * 4.25″ from 1926;
covers 6.5×8.5″ stopped down
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.546.5×8.5″5.375″1922-19451922 CatalogCovers 8×10″ stopped down
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.558×10″6.25″1922-19521922 CatalogCovers 10×12″ stopped down
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.5610×12″7.875″1922-19401922 CatalogCovers 11×14″ stopped down
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.5711×14″9″1922-19401922 CatalogCovers 14×17″ stopped down
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.5814×17″11″1922-19401922 CatalogCovers 17×20″ stopped down
Extreme Wide Angle Series IIIa, f/12.5917×20″13″1926?-19401928 CatalogCovers 20×24″ stopped down

Orthographic

Series Notes: N/A

Lens NameNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Orthographic4×5″1903-1905?1903 Catalog 
Orthographic5×7″1903-1905?1903 Catalog 
Orthographic6.5×8.5″1903-1905?1903 Catalog
Orthographic8×10″1903-1905?1903 Catalog

Rapid Rectilinear

Series Notes: Also called the Rapid Rectilinear Series VI.

Lens NameNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Rapid Rectilinear f/113.25×4.25″5″1903-1911?1903 Catalog
Rapid Rectilinear f/114×5″6.25″1903-1911?1903 Catalog 
Rapid Rectilinear f/115×7″8″1903-1911?1903 Catalog 
Rapid Rectilinear f/116.5×8.5″10.5″1906-1911?1906 Catalog
Rapid Rectilinear f/118×10″12.5″1906-1911?1906 Catalog

Rapid Symmetrical

Series Notes: Triple convertible; likely predecessor to the Voltas lens introduced in 1916. Also called Rapid Symmetrical Series V.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Rapid Symmetrical f/83.25×4.25″5″1903-1911?1903 Catalog
Rapid Symmetrical f/84×5″6.25″1903-1911?1903 Catalog 
Rapid Symmetrical f/85×7″*8″1903-1911?1903 Catalog
Rapid Symmetrical f/86.5×8.5″10.5″1903-1911?1903 Catalog
Rapid Symmetrical f/88×10″12.5″1903-1911?1903 Catalog
Rapid Symmetrical f/810×12″16″1906-1911?1906 Catalog
Rapid Symmetrical f/811×14″18.5″1906-1911?1906 Catalog
Rapid Symmetrical f/814×17″21″ *1906-1911?1906 Catalog* 22″ from 1909
Rapid Symmetrical f/817×20″26″1906-1911?1906 Catalog

Raptar Series Ia

Series Notes: Double Protar-type; successor to the Velostigmat Series Ia. Triple convertible, with single cells recommended for use behind the aperture diaphragm. See page 4 of 1949 Raptar Lenses for Commercial Photography brochure for details on focal lengths of single cells.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Raptar Series Ia f/6.313.25×4.25″4.75″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series Ia f/6.81a3.25×4.25″5.125″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series Ia f/6.324×5″5.75″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price List 
Raptar Series Ia f/7.72a4×5″5.75″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series Ia f/6.82b4×5″6.5″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series Ia f/7.735×7″7″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series Ia f/6.33a5×7″7.25″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series Ia f/6.83b5×8″8.25″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 7×11″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/7.73c5×8″8.75″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 7×11″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/6.346.5×8.5″9″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 5×12″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/6.84a6.5×8.5″10″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List Covers 5×12″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/7.74b6.5×8.5″11″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 5×12″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/6.358×10″11.5″1947-1952April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series Ia f/6.85a8×10″13″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 7×17″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/7.7610×12″14″1947-1950April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 8×20″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/6.36a10×12″14.75″1947-1950April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 8×20″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/6.8711×14″16.25″1947-1950April 15, 1947 Price ListCovers 12×20″ stopped down
Raptar Series Ia f/6.87a11×14″17.5″1947-1950April 15, 1947 Price List

Raptar Series II

Series notes: Tessar-type; successor to the Velostigmat Series II. See 1947 Raptar Series II f4.5 Lenses brochure for details.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Raptar Series II f/4.50001×1.5″2″1947-1954April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series II f/4.5001.625×2.5″3″1947-1954April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series II f/4.502.25×3.25″3.5″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series II f/4.50-12.25×3.25″4″ *1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List* 4.5″ from 1951
Raptar Series II f/4.513.25×4.25″5″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series II f/4.71-24×5″5.3125″ *1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List* 5.375″ from 1951
Raptar Series II f/4.524×5″6.375″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List 
Raptar Series II f/4.535×7″7.5″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series II f/4.53a5×8″8.25″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series II f/4.546.5×8.5″9.5″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series II f/4.558×10″11.875″1947-1972?April 15, 1947 Price List

Raptar Series III Wide Angle

Series Notes: Successor to the Velostigmat Series III. 91.2-degree angle of view.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Raptar Series III f/9.5N/A8×10″6.25″1953-1972?1953 Brochure

Raptar Series IIIa Wide Angle

Series Notes: Successor to the Velostigmat Series IIIa. 91.2-degree angle of view.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Raptar Series IIIa f/12.5N/A8×10″6.25″1953-1955?1953 Brochure

Raptar Series IV

Series Notes: Same tessar-type as the Series II, but more affordable with a smaller maximum aperture of f/6.3. Successor to the Velostigmat Series IV.
See page 7 of 1949 Raptar Lenses for Commercial Photography brochure for details.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Raptar Series IV f/6.30001×1.5″2″1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series IV f/6.3001.625×2.5″3″1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series IV f/6.302.25×3.25″3.5″1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series IV f/6.30-12.25×3.25″4″1947-1951?December 1, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series IV f/6.313.25×4.25″5″1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series IV f/6.3N/A4×5″5.3125″1950-1951?August 28, 1950 Price List

Raptar Series IV f/6.324×5″6.5″ *1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List* 6.5″ from 1949
Raptar Series IV f/6.335×7″7.25″ *1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List* 7.5″ from 1950
Raptar Series IV f/6.33a5×8″8.25″1949-1951?Brochure 20M-1-49
Raptar Series IV f/6.346.5×8.5″9.5″1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List
Raptar Series IV f/6.358×10″12″ *1947-1951?April 15, 1947 Price List* 11.875″ from 1949

Raptar Telephoto

Series Notes:

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeEquivalent FocusDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Raptar Telephoto f/5.613.25×4.25″8″1947-1972? April 15, 1947 Price List5″ flange focus at inf.
Raptar Telephoto f/5.624×5″10″1946-1972?Catalog No 446.125″ flange focus at inf.
Raptar Telephoto f/5.635×7″15″1946-1972?Catalog No 449.3125″ flange focus at inf.

Raptar Wide Angle

Series Notes: Wollensak literature recommended that the lens be stopped down to f/11 or smaller to give acceptable definition.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Raptar Wide Angle f/6.813.25×4.25″2.5625″1946-1972?Catalog No 4488.5-degree field of view
(given as 92.6 in 1957 guide
Raptar Wide Angle f/6.824×5″3.5″1946-1972?Catalog No 4484-degree angle of viee
Raptar Wide Angle f/6.835×7″4.25″1946-1972?Catalog No 4488-degree field of view
(given as 90.6 in 1957 guide
Raptar Wide Angle f/6.858×10″6.25″1946-1949Catalog No 4490-degree angle of view

Royal Anastigmat Series I

Series Notes: Both cells consist of two air-spaced cemented doublets. Modified and renamed Velostigmat Series I in 1909. Convertible.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Royal Anastigmat Series I f/6.813.25×4.25″5″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Series I f/6.824×5″6″1906-19081906 Catalog 
Royal Anastigmat Series I f/6.835×7″7″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Series I f/6.846.5×8.5″10″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Series I f/6.858×10″13″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Series I f/6.8610×12″15″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Series I f/6.8711×14″16.5″1906-19081906 Catalog

Royal Anastigmat Wide Angle

Series Notes: Renamed Velostigmat Series III in 1909. 90-degree field of view.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Royal Anastigmat Wide Angle f/9.524×5″3.25″1906-19081906 Catalog 
Royal Anastigmat Wide Angle f/9.535×7″4.5″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Wide Angle f/9.546.5×8.5″5.5″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Wide Angle f/9.558×10″6.25″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Wide Angle f/9.5610×12″8″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Anastigmat Wide Angle f/9.5711×14″9″1906-19081906 Catalog

Royal Portrait Lens

Series Notes: Petzval-type with curved field and adjustible diffusing device. Renamed Vitax in 1909.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Royal Portrait Lens f/3.81N/A10″1906-19081906 Catalog 
Royal Portrait Lens f/3.82N/A13″1906-19081906 Catalog
Royal Portrait Lens f/3.83N/A16″1906-19081906 Catalog

Single Achromatic

Series Notes: Possibly Wollensak’s first lens.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Single AchromaticN/A3.25×4.25″10″1903-1911?1903 Catalog 
Single AchromaticN/A4×5″13″1906-1911?1906 Catalog
Single AchromaticN/A5×7″16″1906-1911?1906 Catalog

Symmetrical Wide Angle

Series Notes: Catalogs describe the angle of view as 80 to 85-degrees and advises that the lens be stopped down to f/32 for “sharp definition to the extreme corners” of the plates sizes listed below.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Symmetrical Wide Angle f/1624×5″4″1903-19211903 Catalog 
Symmetrical Wide Angle f/1635×7″5.25″1903-19211903 Catalog
Symmetrical Wide Angle f/1646.5×8.5″6.5″1903-19211903 Catalog
Symmetrical Wide Angle f/1658×10″7.5″1903-19211903 Catalog
Symmetrical Wide Angle f/16610×12″9″1912-19211912 Catalog
Symmetrical Wide Angle f/16711×14″10.5″1903-19211903 Catalog
Symmetrical Wide Angle f/16N/A14×17″13″1912-19151912 Catalog

Three Focus Symmetrical

Series Notes: Triple convertible; predecessor to the Voltas.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Three Focus Symmetrical f/813.25×4.25″5″1912-1915?1912 Catalog
Three Focus Symmetrical f/824×5″6.25″1912-1915?1912 Catalog 
Three Focus Symmetrical f/835×7″8″1912-1915?1912 Catalog
Three Focus Symmetrical f/846.5×8.5″10.5″1912-1915?1912 Catalog
Three Focus Symmetrical f/858×10″12.5″1912-1915?1912 Catalog
Three Focus Symmetrical f/8610×12″16″1912-1915?1912 Catalog
Three Focus Symmetrical f/8711×14″18.5″1912-1915?1912 Catalog
Three Focus Symmetrical f/8814×17″22″1912-1915?1912 Catalog
Three Focus Symmetrical f/8917×20″26″1912-1915?1912 Catalog

Varium

Series Notes: Advertised by Wollensak as a portrait lens offering image quality between the softness of the Verito and the sharpness of the Velostigmat Series II. See Lensology and Shutterisms Vol. 14 No. 1.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Varium f/3.546.5×8.5″14″1926?-1934?1928 Catalog 
Varium f/3.558×10″16″1926?-1934?1928 Catalog
Varium f/4711×14″19″1926?-1934?1928 Catalog

Velostigmat Series I

Series Notes: Successor to the Royal Anastigmat lens, both cells consisting of two air-spaced cemented doublets. Early production models were described as convertible, and in the 1916-1917 catalog as “now triple-convertible.” Maximum aperture increased from f/6.8 to f/6.3 in 1911. See individual catalogs for details on focal lengths of single cells. Redesigned and named the Velostigmat Series 1a around 1923.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Velostigmat Series I f/6.302.25″x3.25″3.5″1916-1923?1916 Catalog
Velostigmat Series I f/6.3 +13.25×4.25″5″1909-1923?1909 Catalog+ f/6.8 1909-1910
Velostigmat Series I f/6.3 +24×5″ 6″ *1909-1923?1909 Catalog+ f/6.8 1909-1910
*5.75″ from 1922
Velostigmat Series I f/6.32a3.25×4.25″6.5″1912-1923?1912 Catalog
Velostigmat Series I f/6.3 +35×7″ 7″ *1909-1923?1909 Catalog+ f/6.8 1909-1910
*7.25″ from 1920
Velostigmat Series I f/6.33a5×8″8.25″1920-1923?1920 Catalog
Velostigmat Series I f/6.3 +46.5×8.5″ 10″ *1909-1923?1909 Catalog+ f/6.8 1909-1910
*9.5″ from 1920
Velostigmat Series I f/6.3 +58×10″ 13″ *1909-1923?1909 Catalog+ f/6.8 1909-1910
*12″ from 1920
*12.5″ from 1922
Velostigmat Series I f/6.8610×12″15″1909-19101909 Catalog
Velostigmat Series I f/6.3 +7 (1909-1910)
6 (1911-1919)
(7 from 1920)
11×14″16.5″ *1909-1923?1909 Catalog+ f/6.8 1909-1910
*15.5″ from 1920
*16″ from 1922

Velostigmat Series Ia

Series Notes: Double Protar-type; re-designed successor to the Velostigmat Series I with all four elements now cemented in each cell. Renamed Raptar Series Ia in 1947. Triple convertible. See individual catalogs for details on focal lengths of single cells.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.313.25×4.25″4.75″1923?-19461928 Catalog
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.81a3.25×4.25″5.125″1923?-19461928 Catalog
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.324×5″5.75″1923?-19461928 Catalog 
Velostigmat Series Ia f/7.72a4×5″5.75″1923?-19461928 Catalog
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.82b4×5″6.5″1923?-19461928 Catalog
Velostigmat Series Ia f/7.735×7″7″1923?-19461928 Catalog
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.33a5×7″7.25″1923?-19461928 Catalog
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.83b5×8″8.25″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 7×11″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/7.73c5×8″8.75″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 7×11″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.346.5×8.5″9″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 5×12″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.84a6.5×8.5″10″1923?-19461928 Catalog Covers 5×12″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/7.74b6.5×8.5″11″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 5×12″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.358×10″11.5″1923?-19461928 Catalog
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.85a8×10″13″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 7×17″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/7.7610×12″14″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 8×20″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.36a10×12″14.75″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 8×20″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.8711×14″16.25″1923?-19461928 CatalogCovers 12×20″ stopped down
Velostigmat Series Ia f/6.87a11×14″17.5″1923?-19461928 Catalog

Velostigmat Series II

Series notes: Tessar-type; renamed Raptar Series II in 1947. The five largest Velostigmat Series II lenses were available with on optional diffusing device.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Velostigmat Series II f/4.50001×1.5″2″1946Catalog No. 44
Velostigmat Series II f/4.5001.625×2.5″3″1946Catalog No. 44
Velostigmat Series II f/4.502.25×3.25″3.5″1916-19461916 Catalog
Velostigmat Series II f/4.50-12.25×3.25″4″1946Catalog No. 44
Velostigmat Series II f/4.513.25×4.25″5″1911-19461911 Brochure
Velostigmat Series II f/4.71-24×5″5.3125″1946Catalog No. 44
Velostigmat Series II f/4.524×5″6″ *1911-19461911 Brochure*6.5″ from 1935
*6.375″ in 1946
Velostigmat Series II f/4.535×7″7″1911-19461911 Brochure*7.25″ from 1920
*7.5″ in 1946
Velostigmat Series II f/4.54
(3a from 1920)
5×8″8.25″1912-19461912 Catalog
Velostigmat Series II f/4.54 (1909-1911?)
5 (1911-1919?)
4 (from 1920)
6.5×8.5″9.5″1911-19461911 Brochure
Velostigmat Series II f/4.55 (1909-1911?)
6 (1911-1919?)
5 (from 1920)
8×10″12″ *1911-19461911 Brochure*11.825″ in 1946
Velostigmat Series II f/4.5610×12″14″1922-19401922 Catalog
Velostigmat Series II f/4.56 (1909-1911?)
7 (from 1912)
11×14″15.5″ *1911-19401911 Brochure*16″ from 1922
Velostigmat Series II f/4.5814×17″19.5″1922-1936?1922 Catalog

Velostigmat Series III

Series notes: 90-degree angle of view; renamed Raptar Series III in 1947. Convertible using single cells.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Velostigmat Wide Angle Series III f/9.53 (1909-1911?)
1 (1912-1919?)
3 (from 1920)
5×7″4.75″ *1909-19451909 Catalog*4.3″ from 1916
*4.3125″ from 1940
Velostigmat Wide Angle Series III f/9.54 (1909-1911?)
2 (1912-1919?)
4 (from 1920)
6.5×8.5″5.875″ *1909-19401909 Catalog*5.4″ from 1916
*5.375″from 1940
Velostigmat Wide Angle Series III f/9.55 (1909-1911?)
3 (1912-1919?)
5 (from 1920)
8×10″6.875″ *1909-19451909 Catalog*6.25″ from 1916
Velostigmat Wide Angle Series III f/9.5610×12″8.625″1909-19101909 Catalog
Velostigmat Wide Angle Series III f/9.56 (1909-1911?)
4 (1912-1919?)
7 (from 1920)
11×14″9.75″ *1909-19401909 Catalog*9″ from 1916

Velostigmat Series IV

Series notes: Successor to the Vinco Anastigmat. Same tessar-type as the Series II, but more affordable with a smaller maximum aperture of f/6.3. Renamed Raptar Series IV in 1947.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.30001×1.5″2″1946Catalog No. 44
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.3001.625×2.5″3″1946Catalog No. 44
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.302.25×3.25″3.5″1920-19461920 Catalog
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.313.25×4.25″5″1920-19461920 Catalog
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.324×5″5.75″ *1920-19461920 Catalog*6.5″ from 1946
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.32a3.25×4.25″6.75″ *1920-1936?1920 Catalog*6.5″ from 1920
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.335×7″7.25″ 1920-19461920 Catalog
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.346.5×8.5″9.5″1920-19461920 Catalog
Velostigmat Series IV f/6.358×10″12″1920-19461920 Catalog

Veritar

Series notes: Soft focus portrait lens, successor to the Verito. The Veritar is the same 3/2 construction as the Verito, but with coated elements and designed to offer softness at f/6 comparable to the Verito at f/4. Convertible using rear lens cell alone. For Veritar lighting and focus suggestions, see ~1952 Portrait Veritar Lenses brochure.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Portrait Veritar f/635×7″10″ 1950-1960?1950 Veritar Brochure
Portrait Veritar f/658×10″14″1950-1960?1950 Veritar Brochure

Verito

Series notes: Likely the best-selling and most widely used soft focus lens of all time. The Verito was adapted from the Bodine Pictorial Lens around 1911 and remained in production until 1946. Updated, coated, and replaced by the Veritar in 1950. The rear cell can be used alone at nearly twice the original focal length. The Verito barrel was finished in polished brass with black trim until 1915, and in black enamel thereafter. The Verito was redesigned in 1920 to reduce halation and align visual focus with chemical focus, as well as to offer softness at f/4 equal to the prior design’s softness at f/6. The redesigned Verito eliminated diffusion stops, with softness controlled solely by means of aperture adjustment; see page 11-13 of Lensology and Shutterisms Vol. 8 No. 4 for details.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Verito f/6A3.25×4.25″5″1916-19461916 Catalog
Verito f/6B4×5″6.5″1916-19461916 Catalog
Verito f/413.25×4.25″6.125″1922-19461922 Catalog
Verito f/40
(2 from 1920)
4×5″7″ *1916-19461916 Catalog*7.25″ from 1920
Verito f/4 +1
(3 from 1920)
5×7″9″ *1911-19461911 Price List+ f/5 pre-1912
*8.75″ from 1920
Verito f/4 +2
(4 from 1920)
6.5×8.5″11.5″1911-19461911 Price List+ f/5 pre-1912
Verito f/4 +3
(5 from 1920)
8×10″14.5″ *1911-19461911 Price List+ f/5 pre-1912
* 15″ pre-1912
Verito f/4 +4
(7 from 1920)
11×14″18″ *1911-19461911 Price List+ f/5 pre-1912
* 19″ pre-1912
Verito Extension LensExtension22.5″1922-19461922 CatalogReplaces the original front cell of the 18″ Verito

Versar

Series notes: Extra Rapid Rectilinear-type. Also listed as the Versar Portrait and View. Catalogs advise that the Versar should be stopped down to f/11 for “fine definition to the extreme corners” of plate sizes listed below. Convertible using rear lens cell alone. The Versar barrel was finished in polished brass with black trim from 1909 until 1915, and in black enamel thereafter.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Versar f/61
(2 from 1922)
4×5″6.5″1909-1925?1909 Catalog
Versar f/62
(3 from 1922)
5×7″8.75″1909-1925?1909 Catalog
Versar f/63
(4 from 1922)
6.5×8.5″9.75″ *1909-1925?1909 Catalog*9.5 from 1916
Versar f/64
(5 from 1922)
8×10″11.75″ *1909-1925?1909 Catalog*11.625″ from 1916
Versar f/65
(6 from 1922)
10×12″14.75″ *1909-1925?1909 Catalog*15″ from 1916
Versar f/66
(7 from 1922)
11×14″16.5″1909-1925?1909 Catalog
Versar f/67
(8 from 1922)
14×17″ *18.25″1909-1925?1909 Catalog*18″ after 1916
Versar f/68
(9 from 1922)
17×20″22.5″1909-1925?1909 Catalog

Vesta

Series notes: Successor to the Wollensak Portrait Lens Series A; Petzval-type with curved field. Sold as less expensive alternative to the Vitax portrait lens. Front lens cell may be used alone at approximately 1.5 times the original focal length. The Vesta barrel was finished in polished brass with black trim from 1912-1915, and in black enamel thereafter.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Vesta f/513.25×4.25″6″1912-1925?1912 Catalog
Vesta f/524×5″7″1912-1925?1912 Catalog
Vesta f/535×7″10″1912-1925?1912 Catalog
Vesta f/546.5×8.5″12″ *1912-1925?1912 Catalog*11.5 from 1916
Vesta f/558×10″14″1912-1925?1912 Catalog

Vinco-Anastigmat

Series notes: Also called just the Vinco. Apparent predecessor to the Velostigmat Series IV. For first mention but scant technical details, see Lensology and Shutterisms Volume 1 Number 5.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Vinco Anastigmat f/6.3002.25×3.25″3.5″1913-1919?1916 Catalog
Vinco Anastigmat f/6.303.25×4.25″5.25″1913-1919?1916 Catalog
Vinco Anastigmat f/6.314×5″6″1913-1919?1916 Catalog
Vinco Anastigmat f/6.31a3.25×5.5″6.75″1913-1919?1916 Catalog
Vinco Anastigmat f/6.825×7″7″1913-1919?1916 Catalog
Vinco Anastigmat f/6.836.5×8.5″9.5″1913-1919?1916 Catalog
Vinco Anastigmat f/6.848×10″12″1916-1919?1916 Catalog

Vitax

Series notes: Successor to the Royal Portrait Lens; Petzval-type with curved field. Sold as a flagship portrait lens. Included adjustable diffusing device. The Vitax barrel was finished in polished brass with black trim from 1909-1915, and in black enamel thereafter. Wollensak’s catalogs do not describe the size of film or plate covered by Vitax lenses, but see page 6 of Lensology and ShutterismsVol. 8 No. 2 for a discussion of Vitax covering power.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Vitax f/3.81
(3 from 1920)
10″1909-1937?1909 Catalog
Vitax f/3.82
(4 from 1920)
13″ *1909-1937?1909 Catalog*13.5″ from 1916
Vitax f/3.83
(5 from 1920)
16″1909-1937?1909 Catalog
Vitax f/5720″1923-1937?1928 Catalog
Vitax Extension LensN/A20″1923-1937?1928 Catalog
Replaces front cell of 16″ Vitax to extend focal length

Voltas

Series notes: Likely successor to the Rapid Symmetrical lens; triple convertible.
Catalogs advise that the Voltas should be stopped down to f/11 for “fine definition in the extreme corners” of plate sizes listed below.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Voltas f/813.25×4.25″5″1916-1945?1916 Catalog
Voltas f/824×5″6.5″1916-1945?1916 Catalog
Voltas f/835×7″8″1916-1945?1916 Catalog
Voltas f/846.5×8.5″10.5″1916-1945?1916 Catalog
Voltas f/858×10″12.5″1916-1945?1916 Catalog
Voltas f/8610×12″16″1916-19401916 Catalog
Voltas f/8711×14″18.5″1916-1936?1916 Catalog
Voltas f/8814×17″22″1916-1925?1916 Catalog
Voltas f/8917×20″26″1916-1925?1916 Catalog

Wollensak Portrait Lens Series A

Series notes: Petzval-type with curved field. Sold as less expensive alternative to the Royal Portrait lens. Also called Series A Portrait Lens. Renamed the Vesta in 1912.

Name, Max ApertureNumberSizeFocal LengthDates ProducedEarliest PublicationNotes
Wollensak Portrait Lens Series A f/513.25×4.25″6″1906-19111906 Catalog
Wollensak Portrait Lens Series A f/524×5″7″1906-19111906 Catalog
Wollensak Portrait Lens Series A f/535×7″10″1906-19111906 Catalog
Wollensak Portrait Lens Series A f/546.5×8.5″12″1906-19111906 Catalog
Wollensak Portrait Lens Series A f/558×10″14″1906-19111906 Catalog

WOLLENSAK COMMERCIAL SHUTTERS FOR STILL CAMERAS

Actus

Series Notes: Appears to be identical to Victo shutters, but re-badged for sale to Ansco and used on folding cameras.

Alphax

Series Notes: Successor to Betax shutters. Lens cells can be swapped directly between Alphax and Betax shutters of the same number. Self-cocking. Preview lever and flash synchronization optional. Detailed Alphax shutter specifications are available here. Additional information is available in the 1948 Alphax Synchromatic brochure and the 1949 Wollensak Shutters brochure. Final production models (1969-1972) have blue speed plate with redesigned “Wollensak, Inc.” font.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Alphax00.53125″1946-1972Catalog No. 44T, B, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10
Alphax10.734″1946-1972Catalog No. 44T, B, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10
Alphax21″1950-1972Price List No. 17T, B, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10
Alphax31.375”1945-1972Alphax #3 Care and InstructionsT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1
Alphax41.6875”1949-1972 Brochure 10M-7-49T, B, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2; 1 second by special order
Alphax52.21875”1949-1972 Brochure 10M-7-49T, B, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2; 1 second by special order

Autex

Series Notes: Successor to the Automatic; renamed the Auto in 1916. Self-cocking.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Autex10.75″1909-1915?1909 CatalogO, T, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Autex21″1909-1915?1909 CatalogO, T, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Autex31.375”1909-1915?1909 CatalogO, T, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Autex41.75”1909-1915?1909 CatalogO, T, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1

Auto

Series Notes: Successor to the Autex. Self-cocking. Replaced by the Betax in 1921.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Auto10.75″1916-19211916 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Auto21″1916-19211916 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Auto31.375”1916-19211916 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Auto41.75”1916-19211916 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Auto52.25″1920-19211920 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1

Automatic

Series Notes: Self-cocking. Renamed the Autex in 1908.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Automatic3.25″x4.25″?1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Automatic4×5″?1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Automatic6.5×8.5″?1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Automatic8×10″?1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Automatic11×14″?1906-19081906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Automatic17×20″?1906-19081906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1

Betax

Series Notes: Wollensak’s first shutter to regulate slow speeds by means of a watch-like escapement mechanism rather than gears or pneumatic pistons. Self-cocking. Successor to the Auto shutter. Later succeeded by the Alphax shutters between 1945 and 1949. Lens cells can be swapped directly between Alphax and Betax shutters of the same number. Detailed Betax shutter specifications are available here.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Betax00.5625″1921-1945Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5
Betax10.75″1921-1945Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2
Betax21″1921-1949Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2
Betax31.375”1921-1945Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2
Betax41.75”1921-1949Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2
Betax52.25”1921-1949Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2

Bionic

Series Notes: Appears to be identical to Victo shutters, but re-badged for sale to Ansco and used on folding cameras.

Deltax

Series Notes: Self-cocking. Replaced the Ultro shutter.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Deltax00.5625″1921-1940Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25
Deltax10.75″1921-1940Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25

Gammax

Series Notes: Self-cocking. Replaced the Victo shutter.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Gammax00.5625″1921-1940Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10
Gammax10.75″1921-1940Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10
Gammax21″1921-1940Just Arrived ShuttersT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10

Graphex

Series Notes: See Rapax shutters below. Graphex shutters were Wollensak’s Rapax shutters re-badged for sale to and distribution by Graflex, inc.

Junior

Series Notes: Renamed the TIB shutter in 1912.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Junior10.625″1903-19111903 CatalogT, B, I

Optimo

Series Notes: Wollensak’s flagship shutter before the introduction of the Betax. Operated by both pneumatic bulb and mechanical cable release. When sold concurrently with Betax (1921-1934?), the Optimo was promoted for high speed applications.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Optimo00.6875″1916-1927?1916 CatalogT, B, 300, 200, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2, 1
Optimo10.75″1909-1931?1909 CatalogT, B, 300, 200, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2, 1
Optimo1a0.875″1911-1931?1911 BrochureT, B, 300, 200, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2, 1
Optimo21”1909-1931?1909 CatalogT, B, 300, 200, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2, 1
Optimo31.375”1909-1931?1909 CatalogT, B, 300, 200, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2, 1
Optimo41.75”1909-1931?1909 CatalogT, B, 300, 200, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2, 1

Rapax

Series Notes: Wollensak’s high-speed post-war shutter. Also made under contract to Graflex, Inc. and sold as Graphex shutters. Additional information is available in the 1949 Wollensak Shutters brochure, as well as individual Rapax Standard, X-Synchronization, and Full Synchronization brochures. Final production models (1969-1972) have blue speed plate with redesigned “Wollensak, Inc.” font.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Rapax00.6875″1949-1972?Brochure 10M-7-49T, B, 400, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2
Rapax10.78125″1946-1972?Catalog No. 44T, B, 400, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1
Rapax21″1946-1972?Catalog No. 44T, B, 400, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1
Rapax31.2656”1946-1972?Catalog No. 44T, B, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1

Regno

Series Notes: Replaced the Regular shutter in 1909.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Regno10.75″1909-1915?1909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regno21″1909-19131909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regno31.375″1909-19131909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regno41.75”1909-19131909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regno52.25″1909-19131909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regno62.75″1909-1910?1909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1

Regular

Series Notes: Nearly identical to the Automatic shutter, but not self-cocking. Replaced by the Regno shutter in 1909.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Regular3.25″x4.25″0.75″1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regular4×5″1″1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regular6.5×8.5″1.375″1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regular8×10″1.75″1903-19081903 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regular11×14″2.25″1906-19081906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
Regular17×20″2.75″1906-19081906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1

Senior

Series Notes:

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Senior?1903-1911?1903 CatalogT, B, I

Skyshade

Series Notes: An interesting and apparently unique device, the Skyshade attaches to the front of a lens barrel and exposes the upper portion of the subject for less time than the lower portion, thus avoiding overexposure of bright sky areas in landscape photography.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
SkyshadeNo. 11.1875″1906-1919?1906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
SkyshadeNo. 21.5625″1906-1919?1906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
SkyshadeNo. 32.0625″1906-1919?1906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1
SkyshadeNo. 4?1906-1908?1906 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 5, 1

Studio

Series Notes: Wollensak’s solution to shuttering very large portrait lenses, the Studio shutter was designed in Style “A”, which attached behind the lens, and Style “B”, which screwed in place of the original lens diaphragm to offer both aperture and shutter control. The Studio shutter’s only speed is Bulb, with instant exposures as short as approximately one-fifth of a second possible by quickly squeezing and releasing the cable release or air bulb.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
StudioNo. 12.0625″1906-19401906 CatalogBulb
StudioNo. 22.4375″1906-19401906 CatalogBulb
StudioNo. 32.9375″1906-19401906 CatalogBulb
StudioNo. 43.5″1906-19401906 CatalogBulb
StudioNo. 54.125″1906-19401906 CatalogBulb

TIB

Series Notes: Successor to the Junior shutter. Replaced by the Ultro shutter in 1916.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
TIB10.5″1912-1915?1912 CatalogT, B, I
TIB20.625″1912-1915?1912 CatalogT, B, I

Ultex

Series Notes: Appears to be identical to Victo shutters, but re-badged for sale to Ansco and used on folding cameras.

Ultro

Series Notes: Successor to the TIB shutter. Replaced by the Deltax shutter in 1921.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Ultro00.5625″1916-19211916 CatalogT, B, I
Ultro10.75″1916-19211916 CatalogT, B, I

Victo

Series Notes: Successor to the Victus shutter; replaced by the Gammax shutter in 1921. Misspelled in some catalogs as the Vico shutter.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Victo00.5625″1914?-19211916 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10
Victo10.75″1914?-19211916 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10
Victo21″1914?-19211916 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25, 10

Victus

Series Notes: Renamed the Victo shutter in 1914?

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Victus10.75″1909-1913?1909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25
Victus21″1909-1913?1909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25
Victus31.1875″1909-1910?1909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25
Victus41.5625″1909-1910?1909 CatalogT, B, 100, 50, 25

Winner

Series Notes: Self-cocking.

NameSizeMax. ApertureDates ProducedEarliest PublicationSpeeds
Winner3.25×4.25″?1903-1911?1903 CatalogT, B, three instant speeds
Winner4×5″?1903-1911?1903 CatalogT, B, three instant speeds
Winner6.5×8.5″?1903-1911?1903 CatalogT, B, three instant speeds
Winner8×10″?1903-1911?1903 CatalogT, B, three instant speeds

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