versar coke glass
The Versar is an "extra rapid" rapid
Extra rapid is code word for f6 instead of f8. Typically
a RR has to be f8 in order to be acceptably sharp. So
since the extra rapid works at f6, and since a
Pinkham & Smith Visual Quality is a modified
RR that works at f4, I had to wonder if the less
renowned cousin had any of the qualities at f6.
versar coke bottle & glass
Would a Versar wide open look anything
Nicola Perscheid stopped down to f6?? These
four pictures were done with a 9 3/4" Versar
at it's wide open aperture of f6. I used a 10A
studio camera with 6 1/2 X 8 1/2 "full plate"
back for these.
versar china pitcher
Since Versar's were near the bottom
Wollensak heap they have a couple of weird
little idiosyncrasies I've found over and over.
The name is engraved into the barrel, not the
part that actually holds the glass. So a couple
of things were common. First, Wolly sold these
to large photo supply houses to engrave their
own house brand on. The one I used for this
test simply says it's a Northern Photographic
Supply LIBERTY Extra Rapid Group f6.
A second problem is that often when
mounted in a shutter after the factory sold them
the barrel with the name gets discarded and
there's no name what-so-ever.
OK, in conclusion after looking
at my f6 shots
I would say that this lens has a really lovely
round look. Contrast is near perfect and the
bokeh is sublime. But........it ain't no Pinkham!
Not even close.