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Re: [Rollei] Cosina 50mm F3.5 Heliar

Thanks, Bob

Bob Shell wrote:

>>From: "B. D. Colen" <bdcolen  >
>>Reply-To: rollei  us
>>Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 15:33:30 -0500
>>To: rollei  us
>>Subject: Re: [Rollei] Cosina 50mm F3.5 Heliar
>>Let me ask a serious question...While the Heliar lenses, and the other
>>names in the series, may have been fabulous lenses in their days, are
>>they, objectively, as good as the current Cosina lenses bearing those
>>names? Given the various assessments of the Cosina lenses, I would guess
>>the answer is 'no.' And, if that's the case, then can't one view having
>>the Cosina lenses bear these venerable names more a tribute to great
>>lenses of an earlier age than anything else?
> Hard to generalize, but some old Voigtländer lenses are quite comparable
> to the best of today's glass.  I have a 300 mm Apo-Lanthar which I use on
> my 8 X 10 and 4 X 5 cameras which is just astonishing in quality.  The true
> Heliar lens has a very characteristic look which no other lens has.
> That being said, I am not offended by the newest Cosina-built lenses bearing
> those venerable names, but would have been happier if they had reserved the
> names for optical designs similar to the older ones.  For one thing this
> would have helped prevent future confusion.
> Bob