Wollensak was an American company, based at Rochester, which manufactured lenses and shutters from 1899 to 1972. The company was founded by Andrew and John Wollensak. It was bought by Revere Camera Co. in the 1950s, itself absorbed by 3M in 1960, and shut its doors in 1972. A company named Surplus Shed currently holds the Wollensak factory building as well as some surplus.
Over the years, Wollensak produced a wide variety of lenses for still and movie cameras, projectors, enlargers, microfilm equipment, and military uses. Their better lenses were often labelled "Velostigmat", and their best lenses were labelled "Raptar". Like the Kodak Ektars, Raptars were often Tessar designs, though other formulae were used, particularly in wide angle and telephoto lenses.
Cameras with Wollensak lens and shutter
- Bolsey A
- Bolsey B, B2, B2, B22
- Bolsey C, C22
- Pearl No.2
- Polaroid Pathfinder
- Wollensak Stereo 10
Cameras with a Wollensak lens
|photography related industry in Rochester (New York)|
|American Camera | Bausch & Lomb | Blair | Century | Crown Optical Co. | Elgeet | Folmer & Schwing | Gassner and Marx | Graflex | Gundlach | Ilex | JML | Kodak | Milburn | Monroe | PMC | Ray | Reichenbach, Morey and Will | Rochester Camera and Supply Co. | Rochester Optical Co. | Seneca | Sunart | Walker | Wollensak|
|and in Rochester (Minnesota)|
|graflex.org - Rudolf Kingslake's|
"Optical industry in Rochester (N.Y.)"
- Wollensak Soft Focus Lenses
- A History of The Rochester, NY Camera and Lens Companies, by Rudolf Kingslake
- The Wollensak surplus site
- Page with many Wollensak catalogues at Camera Eccentric
- Wollensak in the Revere history and 3M history at Audiotools.com
- Wollensak history (mainly on tape recorders) at ClydeSight Productions' Wollensak tape recorder restoration project