Yes, all Xenars for the Rollei TLR's were of the four element design. 3,5/75 (and a few 4,5/75 for the late Rolleicord II).
Originally Posted by Dan Daniel
Not really, Schneider also made four element f:2,9 and f:2,8 Xenars during the same period, so it's confusing. The five element Xenar was made in 50 and 75mm focal lenghts and the production started in 1935/36. I'm not sure if they still made them in the 1950's? The 2,8/50 Retina-Xenar from the 50's has four elements.
Originally Posted by AgX
I was surprised when I found that the 2,8/50 Xenon on my pre-war Retina has the five element Xenar design. Even though it's uncoated it's much sharper at larger apertures than the coated post-war four element 2,8 Xenar.
The five element 2,8 Xenar and 2,0 Xenon:
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J. Patric Dahlén
Re: Can't afford a Rollei
I wouldn't generalize so much...
Originally Posted by jp498
While it's absolutely true that cheap triplets, specifically built as low cost alternatives, don't stand big enlargments as much as a Planar or Xenotar (and also the best Tessars), there are very good triplets which are very desiderable lenses even by today's standards.
Of course none of them was ever fitted to a Rolleiflex, but i have read of other alternatives in this thread, so i guess that i'm not going totally off topic.
There are medium format folding or reflex cameras with very good triplets, like a Meyer Trioplan, and with some luck you could even find one with the best of the breed, a coated TTH Cooke lens.
A nice Rolleflex with Planar would come cheaper though, as i jave just seen a coated f/2.8 5" Cooke triplet being sold for about 1400 USD on Ebay!
The fact that some of those lenses are still used to shoot 35mm footage for big budget movies speaks volumes about their quality...
I love some triplets for their flexibility (optical "signature" wide open is different from when the lens is stopped down).
Whatever... optical quality has more to do with tight mechanical tolerances, the use of computers to optimize old projects, and the introduction of better coatings, than with the type of optical layout.
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Are you a forum moderator? No, so what is your point and what is your contribution to the post? Saving some bandwidth applies to others, not you?
Originally Posted by MFstooges
Quite right but don't say it too loud... People prefers "high-end" cameras, let's keep it that way...
Originally Posted by cyberjunkie
Nope, he's not, but I am. How bout you guys both knock it off, no further comment needed. Thanks.
Originally Posted by Dali
That's just, like, my opinion, man...
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The Meyer Trioplan is awesome. I have two for LF. Very smooth and I don't care if it's not the sharpest lens ever as I only enlarge 2-4x on 4x5 film. It's just real nice and my first choice of lens for 210mm range. (Second is my fuji tessar) I've got a plasmat nikkor I should sell because it doesn't get used like the Trioplan and Tessar.
Originally Posted by cyberjunkie