WIPA

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WIPA was perhaps the acronym of a Japanese lens maker. The name WIPA NIPPON and a WIPA logo[1] appear on

  • Yamat-Anastigmat 18cm f/4.5 barrel lens for large format cameras (engraved YAMAT–Anastigmat 1:4.5 F=18cm WIPA NIPPON [unreadable]).[2]
  • Yamat-Anastigmat 21cm f/4.5 barrel lens for large format cameras (engraved YAMAT–Anastigmat 1:4.5 F=21cm WIPA NIPPON N°13xxx).[3]

The name "Yamat" is certainly a peculiar romanization of Yamato (やまと or 大和), one of the numerous words meaning "Japan", perhaps playing with the "mat" termination of "Anastigmat".

Notes

  1. A triplet lens with the letters WIPA in the central element.
  2. Seen in a Japanese on-line auction as a single lens (February 2012)
  3. The known lenses follow the serial number pattern 13xxx, possibly a reference to Showa 13 (=1938). Documented examples are:
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