WIPA was perhaps the acronym of a Japanese lens maker. The name WIPA NIPPON and a WIPA logo appear on a Yamat-Anastigmat 21cm f/4.5 barrel lens for large-format cameras (engraved YAMAT–Anastigmat 1:4.5 F=21cm WIPA NIPPON N°13129).[1] The name "Yamat" is certainly a peculiar romanization of Yamato (やまと or 大和), one of the numerous words meaning "Japan", perhaps playing with the "mat" termination of "Anastigmat".


  1. Lens offered as lot no.736 of Westlicht auction no.6 and as lot no.858 of Westlicht auction no.15.
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