RIP: Marty Forscher

paul stenquist pnstenquist at
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.
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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