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Wollensak Eight Model 53 Double-8 Cine Camera, Turret Lens, Original Case, C1955
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Description

Founded in Rochester, New York by Andrew Wollensak in 1899, Wollensak was never among the biggest manufacturers of optical and audio gear (at their height in the 1950s they employed around 1000 people), but they had an enviable reputation as one of the best - their products' robust build quality made them a popular choice for use in challenging conditions, and a Fastax high speed rotating-prism camera they bought from Bell Labs, rebuilt and modified to shoot at 10,000 frames per second was used by the US military to photograph nuclear explosions.

That build quality is definitely evident in the Eight Model 53 cine camera - just handling it makes it clear better-made than most similar items made by rival companies and, despite having been made in the mid-1950s, it remains in full working order. It benefits from all-metal construction and a three-lens turret system (telephoto, wide, standard) and wide range of apertures makes it capable of delivering excellent results in almost any conditions. The shutter, one of Wollensak's own (shutters, along with lenses, were some of their earliest products and were exported around the world - including to British camera manufacturers such as Butcher of London, who used them for their famous Watch Pocket Carbine range), is also working perfectly, as is the clockwork motor.

It's in very good cosmetic condition overall, though there is some wear to the corners, chrome parts and the printed text on the exposure guide fitted to one side. It has a tripod mount which currently houses a screw-in wrist strap; this appears to have been attached for many years and thus the mount is unworn. The leather case is also in very good condition with some minor scuffs; the Wollensak logo is very faded but there is no loose stitching. The strap and clasp are both in fine order.

Oh yes, and we're throwing in the (working, excellent condition) Weston light meter too.

Included: camera, original leather case, Weston Master II light meter, one roll vintage Kodachrome II Double-8 film (expired September 1973; opened box, we don't know if it's used).

Specs and Details
• Made By: Wollensak
• Model: Eight Model 53
• Serial: 7 4019
• Type: Cine Camera
• Format: 8mm
• Produced: C. 1955
• Made In: USA
• Lens: 3-way turret: Wollensak Raptar 38mm (1.5") f/2.5 Telephoto; Wollensak Raptar 6.5mm f/1.9 Wide Angle; Wollensak Raptar 13mm f/1.9
• Shutter: Wollensak
• Aperture: f/1.9 - f/22
• Features: Tripod mount, original leather case

Due to the nature of this item it is not always possible for us to identify any missing parts.
For this reason we ask that you please check the pictures carefully, as these show everything that is included.

This item has been very kindly donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

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About Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Contracted services from the NHS are budgeted at £6.98 million, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. The Charity is extremely grateful to the local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting towards meeting this target.