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  1. #1

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    Apr 2009
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    Need help in IDing a lens.

    Recently a friend of mine bought a whole Mamiya RZ set (body and lenses together in a hard case) from a lady who was selling off her ex-husband's medium format gear and while my friend is a pro at medium format, there was a lens he couldn't figure out. I figure I could help him find out more about by asking the great info database that is APUG . A little bit about what we do know, it seems to be a fisheye of someshort and it's made by Rodenstock though it started seem to have a mamiya mount (we suspect an adaptor is needed). What strikes me as odd is that the lens was part of this collection even though there is no apparent way to mount it. Here are some photos of it

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  2. #2

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    Apr 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
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    It's a large format camera lens. It's definitely not a fisheye; just a regular "rectilinear" lens of a near-normal focal length.

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  3. #3
    Sirius Glass's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    Southern California
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    From Vade Mecum Third Edition
    Sironar f5.6 In 2/1968, it was made in 100mm for 6.5x9cm; 135mm for 9x12cm; 150mm for
    9x12cm or 5x4in(?); 180mm for 13x18cm; 210mm for 13x18cm and 240mm for 18x24cm and other sizes such
    as 300mm and 360mm were 'in preparation'. They cover 60° at f5.6 or 70° when slightly stopped down. The
    front cell can be used on its own as a slightly soft focus lens or somewhat stopped down as a sharp long
    focus of 3x the focus.
    This was normally made in large format foci, such as 150 and 210mm which are those usually seen. It
    was a standard large format lens for studio and architecture, and was made to an air-spaced Dagor design
    (roughly Q20) and is optically excellent. The front mount is or can be very large and impressive, the 150mm
    lens taking c.70mm external filters. The coating at No8,723,58x is also very impressive making for a premium
    quality item. (Sadly a number sold in the UK including the last example, seem to have suffered from a faulty
    supply of balsam, and have separated. One report has been that this actually did not affect the performance
    seriously as with the example seen and the lens was regularly used in spite of it: but it must reduce the value
    of the lens considerably. A repairer says that rebalsaming here is not normally possible. In addition, the
    Compur electronic in the last example had failed, and only offered Time and probably 1/500sec. Thus they are
    an item to purchase only with care if for use.)
    Sironar-N f5.6 This was made in 100, 135, 150, 180, 210, 240, 300, 360, 480mm at least.
    This probably is a redesign with new glass, and seems to be an excellent lens. It was among Rodenstock
    lenses featured in Modern Photo 06/1980 p10advert. for 100-360mm and 72°, with multi-coating and improved
    color correction.
    I hope this helps.

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    keithwms's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    Charlottesville, Virginia
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    Oh, I answered in the other thread. Yeah, it's not for the Mamiya camera, its a nice LF lens.
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