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    [Nick, are you sure your repair man is up to speed on Rolleis? I find it puzzling for a Xenotar to be soft at any f-stop.

    Richard Wasserman[/QUOTE]

    Richard -- yes, he's Krikor Maralian (Krimar Photo Shop), who's a Rollei specialist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Merritt View Post
    Nick, are you sure your repair man is up to speed on Rolleis? I find it puzzling for a Xenotar to be soft at any f-stop.

    Richard Wasserman

    Richard -- yes, he's Krikor Maralian (Krimar Photo Shop), who's a Rollei specialist.
    Now I find it even more puzzling!

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    My experience with 2.8 F Xenotars and Planars are that they are very flare prone in backlight at wide apertures, much more so than the 3.5F's which are felt by most to be the better lenses. But it is hair splitting.
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    I had a rolleicord VA. It was soft wide open esp in corners but at f8 and below was super sharp. Having shot many,many MF cameras I can say with honesty that at say f11 it was beyond criticism. I was amazed what camera I had obtained for 100 quid. Maybe I got a good one, but it really was plenty sharp enough for me. I have not owned a flex but gather that they are far sharper at wide apertures. I however tended to use mine at smakker apertures. Did some shots at f4.5 of a chair in a spanish lane ( in my gallery) and the corners were lovely and soft but the chair was super sharp being towards the centre of the frame. Does your cord seem sharp to you...thats the question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stanworth View Post
    I had a rolleicord VA. It was soft wide open esp in corners but at f8 and below was super sharp.

    I have a Rolleicord V but I don't think I have ever used it wide open. I think f8 is as far as I have ever opened the aperture.

    It has always appeared to be very sharp. I will have to try it at f3.5 to see what it does!

    Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Layne View Post
    My experience with 2.8 F Xenotars and Planars are that they are very flare prone in backlight at wide apertures, much more so than the 3.5F's which are felt by most to be the better lenses. But it is hair splitting.
    Mark
    Here's a shot taken with my 2.8C Planar, handheld, at f2.8 and 1/60th while sitting at a bar looking out towards the windows. The focal point is the tip of the next barstool, which is sharp. I don't see how you can say that flare is a problem -- this is an image that should show lots of flare and it's well controlled by the lens. YMMV as always.
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