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Old July 11th, 2017, 01:05 PM
Dawid Loubser Dawid Loubser is offline
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Default Zeiss-for-Linhof Sonnar 250mm f/5.6 on 4x5in

In March, I picked up an absolute rarity - a mint (literally un-used, although the shutter speeds seem perfect) Zeiss Sonnar 250mm f/5.6 for 4x5in cameras. A really large and heavy beast of a lens, said to be one of the best-performing large format lenses ever made.

Not that lens resolution matters on large-format, mind you! Still, being a sucker for LF oddities, I couldn't resist. What a lens like this was doing, basically in somebody's garage in the original box after all these years, in Johannesburg, South Africa, is beyond me.











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Old July 11th, 2017, 01:07 PM
Dawid Loubser Dawid Loubser is offline
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It is going to be some time still before any digital single-capture system produces the resolution, tones, and dynamic range that 4x5film does! Especially coupled with an amazing lens like this Zeiss.

For reference, here is a small section of the original scan of the first image - lens is at wide-open aperture. See if you can find the matching section in full image :-)
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Old July 11th, 2017, 01:10 PM
Dawid Loubser Dawid Loubser is offline
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For anybody curious to see the Zeiss beauty, as fitted on my old Linhof Technika V (which has given me great photographic pleasure these past 7 years that it's been my primary camera):

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