Recommendation for lens

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by JohnBrew, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. JohnBrew

    JohnBrew Member

    Sep 4, 2008
    Folly Beach,
    127 Format
    I'm looking for a sharp, contrasty lens for my Fotoman 69. I'm looking for something around a 135 focal length. I have a Schneider 100/5.6 but I'm not particularly pleased with it. My other lens is a Nikkor 65/4 with which I'm very happy. All comments appreciated.
    I was also wondering what the difference was between the Rodenstock "N" and "S" lenses. I know this has been discussed before but I can't locate the thread.
    Thanks for all replies.
  2. edtbjon

    edtbjon Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    Medium Format
    If you find a Tessar/Xenar it's a very sharp and contrasty lens. As you are using a 6x9 camera you will be in the sweet spot of the lens, where the Tessar is at its best.
    Else, any of the big four (Schneider, Rodenstock, Fuji and Nikkor) makes good lenses. A modern multi-coated plastmat from any of these will serve you good.
    The Sironar-N is the "common" plasmat, which is on par with the other brands. In the "S" series, more expensive glass is used, which enables a construction with a few more degrees coverage. The S-series usually performs a little bit better, but the question is if anyone will notice. You decide if you will get better pictures with a marginally better lens. (I'm not saying that I don't want a Sironar-S, cause I do, but I found myself a Symmar-S and used the money I saved on lots of film instead. The Symmar-S performs very good in my mind, so I'm satisfied.)

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