RIP: Marty Forscher

paul stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Sun Oct 11 17:47:23 EDT 2009


Pardon my mental meltdown. Of course the Wollensak lens has no ap  
blades. The Compur leaf shutter controls the size of the ap.
Paul
On Oct 11, 2009, at 5:31 PM, paul stenquist wrote:

> The world's best camera repairman has left us. As many of you know,  
> Marty Forscher headed up Professional Camera Repair Service in New  
> York for many years. He was the guy who kept the cameras of the  
> world's finest photographers in perfect working order. When I was  
> working at Hearst Magazine Division for peanuts in the early  
> eighties, one of the perks of the job was free camera repairs at  
> Marty's place. He rebuilt my Speed Graphic with its Wollensak lens  
> and my Mamiya TLR leaf shutter lenses. The Mamiya and its lenses are  
> long gone, but I still have the Speed Graphic and that old Wollensak  
> 127 mm lens. Both are still working great. The cameras leaf shutter  
> work, and the Wollensak's ap blades are smooth and dry. The Compur  
> leaf shutter behind the Wollensak lens still seems to be perfect at  
> every speed. At the time, Marty told me the Compur shutter in that  
> lens and the aperture blades should still be working perfectly long  
> after I was gone from this place. Well, Marty is gone, but the Speed  
> Graphic and I endure. Perhaps I should shoot a 4x5 in memory of Marty.
> Paul
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