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Wollensak Varium 400mm F3.5 (!) Portrait Lens

€2500.00 EUR

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History: The Wollensak company is quite known for their petzval layout Vitax lenses, which offer a nice shallow DOF with an open aperture of F3.8. This series is way more exclusive and also elusive, since the Varium series hardly can be found on the open market today. It features a triplet layout like the Taylor Hobson Cooke Portrait lenses. Like the F3.5 Portrait knuckler it does offer a slightly softer image when shot wide open. 


The Varium portrait lens numbering series began at 6000 upon its introduction in 1926. Varium production appears to have been extremely limited, and likely concentrated prior to 1930, which results in only about 250 (!) lenses beeing made in that time.



Condition: This black beauty comes in a great condition that is worthy any collection. The laquere shows only light wear, and the brass parts are not bented. The aperture is known to be out of sync in the Wollensak lenses, but this one does work, and not only that it even offers a B shutter mode. The glass is in good condition also, there are a couple of cleaning marks here and there and there are some air bubbles, but this is actually a sign of quality glass for that time period.

With its fast open aperture of F3.5 and a focal lengh of 400mm (or 16"), this lens will work from 8x10 up to 12x15, maybe even 14x17 portrait formats.


It comes with the original flange, shutter bulb and a very well made leather lenscap made by Andreas.



height: 14cm
width: 14cm
weight: 3400gr


Insured and tracked shipping cost:

EU* - 60 eur
Worldwide - 120 eur


*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)







Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.

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