65mm SW lenses - comments on the different brands?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
I am looking for comments from folks who have compared (shot with) the current multicoated 65mm super wides from Nikon (65mm f4), Schneider (65mm f5.6 SA), and Rodenstock (65mm f4.5)
I especially need specific comments on the edge quality of all three lenses as I would likely be using the lens to the limit.
Thanks in advance!
-- TAN K H (email@example.com), January 19, 2000
I am very happy with the 65mm f/4.5 Rodenstock Grandagon. I had whittled my choices down to that and the Nikkor; didn't like the 65mm Super Angulon because of falloff. However I recommend you look at the 58 mm XL Super Angulon and the 55mm APO Grandagon.
-- Ellis Vener (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 19, 2000.
My Nikkor SW f4/65 is very sharp. The wide opening is appreciated on the GG for such wide lenses. I would not give any indication on the extreme edge sharpness for my approach is not so technical, but it is usable with a fair amount of fall/rise on the 4x5 format.
-- Paul Schilliger (email@example.com), January 19, 2000.
Light falloff is a fact of life with extreme wide angle lenses. Deal with it by using a center filter.
I did an exterior catalog shoot with a 65mm Nikkor-SW, and can testify the lens is sharp across the board. Light falloff is awful, especially shooting chromes.
My regular wide angle is a 75mm Nikkor-SW because it gives more movements than the 65mm (almost nothing).
Get a center filter and use it, as all wide angles will have falloff.
-- Bruce Gavin (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2000.