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    Please help me with desicion - to buy this lens or not to buy.
    I have Bessa R3A.
    I heard that people who got this lens do not use it very often on Bessas - becouse of difficulties with focusing.
    but I didn't see any good examples of what this lens is purposed to do - facial portraits.
    I need 90mm only for one reason - portraits on BW film. I can use 50mm or "evil DSLR" for all other things.
    And it means that posing object will not try to escape, and I'll have time to build a composition thorously.
    If somebody can show samples of portraits with CV 90/2.5 - please share it, and maybe it will convince me to
    buy this lens (or, not spend money for a useless thing)
    I already have 85/1.4 on autofocus SLR... but I want something different (rangefinders are different experience for me)

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    I'm with Ole! I use my 90mm CV Apo-Lanthar on my CV BESSA - T. It has a long rfdr base and works great. I have 2 Bessa T bodies (1 loaded with color film, 1 loaded with Black and White).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoskinson View Post
    I'm with Ole! I use my 90mm CV Apo-Lanthar on my CV BESSA - T. It has a long rfdr base and works great. I have 2 Bessa T bodies (1 loaded with color film, 1 loaded with Black and White).
    but T requires external accessory finder for proper framing.
    is it convenient to use one "hole" for focusing and other for framing?

    Tom, can you give a link to your shots with 90/3.5 ?

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    The rangefinder magnification is 1.5x on the Bessa T. This translates to an effective Bessa T rangefinder base length of 53.7mm. Thus, the Bessa T can accurately Focus a 135mm focal length lens (and easily focuses the 90mm Apo Lanthar).
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    Quote Originally Posted by awaken77 View Post
    but T requires external accessory finder for proper framing.
    is it convenient to use one "hole" for focusing and other for framing?

    Tom, can you give a link to your shots with 90/3.5 ?
    I have no problem using accessory finders for framing shots (I've been doing it with my M Leicas for years).

    I don't have any 35mm RFDR stuff currently posted in my APUG gallery. I'll see if I can dig up and post some of my 90mm Apo Lanthar Black and Whites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awaken77 View Post
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    If somebody can show samples of portraits with CV 90/2.5 - please share it,...
    I have my doubts as to how useful screen images are for assessing lenses but there are a couple of CV 90mm shots here:

    http://www.pbase.com/mononation/cv_newer

    "Guitar Man" & "Guitarist James Cohen" are with the 90.

    If found, when I started printing, the sharpness and contrast are quite noticeable compared to the CV 35mm/f2.5 which I also use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveOttawa View Post
    I have my doubts as to how useful screen images are for assessing lenses but there are a couple of CV 90mm shots here:
    they are useful as "free advertisement" .
    Thanks, that's pretty nice shots.
    and this is a good example of "bokeh"
    http://www.pbase.com/mononation/image/86299607

    I think also about used Summicron 90/2

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