Does anyone have experience shooting a 135 Optar w/ color film? : 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, December 14, 2000.

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