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[Rollei] Rolleiflex - two systems submitted to a USAF test chart
- Subject: [Rollei] Rolleiflex - two systems submitted to a USAF test chart
- From: christopher.m.perez
- Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 09:40:48 -0800
There's a reason why some of you must love working with Rolleiflex TLRs.
I'm only recently a convert. In fact, my club membership card has yet to
arrive in the mail. :-)
I took two cameras and "tested" a limited set of optical/system properties.
I looked at only on-film resolution. Using Kodak TMax100, souped in D76,
shooting a test target at 6:1 contrast ratio, from a distance of 20:1 of the
focal length of the lens, here's what I found.
Rolleiflex 2.8E Model 1 US
(serial #16,xxx,xxx) 80mm f/2.8 Zeiss Planar
ct md edg
68 68 42 f/2.8
76 96 68 f/4
68 76 68 f/5.6
96 96 76 f/8
96 85 68 f/11
68 76 60 f/16
54 60 48 f/22
Rolleiflex 3.5E Model 1 US
(serial #17,xxx,xxx) 75mm f/3.5 Schneider Xenotar
ct md edg
48 48 24 f/3.5
85 96 38 f/4
85 96 42 f/5.6
96 96 68 f/8
76 85 60 f/11
68 68 54 f/16
54 54 42 f/22
Am I shocked? Am I amazed? Am I over the top happy? You betcha!
These two cameras tested as well as a 80mm Hasselblad Planar and a 80mm
Mamiya 7 plasmat of similar focal length. What is remarkable is that these
two Rolleiflex were manufactured nearly 50 years ago. That they are as
sharp as anything I own leaves me slack jawed. And if you'll recall from a
set of earlier comments on the subject, I found that flare control nearly
equaled my modern Mamiya 7 system.
I will check a mint "T" Tessar Model 2 and "3.5F" Model 3 after they come
back from the repair shop. That's it. No more. I'm done. Well, maybe. I
also tested a pair of Mamiya RZ lenses and found that my 65mm L-A floating
element optic is equally brilliant, and that my 180mm W-N is merely OK
(nothing to get excited about). But that's it. Really. I mean it.
Having said this, I also read over the weekend (in LensWork?) that one
should never ask a camera collector to see their photographs. Well, I'm
satisfied and will attempt to concentrate on the "art" of photography from
now on. Aren't y'all pleased? I thought so. :-)
Regards - Chris