Does anyone have experience shooting a 135 Optar w/ color film?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
I am wondering if this uncoated lens has color film potential for use in an upcoming trip. My schedule precludes teating it.
-- Wayne Crider (email@example.com), December 13, 2000
Wayne: The Optar is a Tessar design and is acceptably sharp and contrasty. However, I would hesitate to use it as my only color lens if it is not coated. The problem is that uncoated lenses can flare the dominate color in a scene, giving an overall color cast in some instances. If it's your only choice, go for it, but I would try and find a more modern coated lens for the color work. Most lenses made since WWII are coated, so it's an older Optar. Hope this helps,
-- Doug Paramore (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 13, 2000.
By all means, shoot color. I have an old uncoated 162mm Optar, and it produces wonderfully saturated chromes. It does suffer from a lack of contrast in a backlit situation, but that is only a small percentage of my shots. You need not fear uncoated lenses for color work.
-- Ron Shaw (email@example.com), December 14, 2000.