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    Rodenstock APO-Rodagon 50mm f/2.8 but no "N"

    I recently got a Rodenstock APO Radagon 50/2.8 but have some questions about it. The lens appears to have never been use but was in case marked Rodagon 50mm f1:4,0 on it. However, there is a red sticker on it saying, "Neu - mit Vowahlblende New with preset aperture."

    It's serial number is 1063xxxx.

    What have I got here? An APO-Radagn that is early production and missing the "N" or something else? I've checked Butzi's site and don't see any APO's with out the 'N.'

    What is this strange beast?

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    Re: Rodenstock APO-Rodagon 50mm f/2.8 but no "N"

    Found out what it is thanks to Bob Salomon of HP Marketing.

    "You have a very old version of the Apo Rodagon from 1979. It was replaced with a later version which was then replaced with the current Apo Rodagon-N series. The Apo rodagon N is a different formula, a different lens mount and is multi-coated. Your lens is in a mount that is much different from the current lenses or the mounts before them.

    Only the current series has the N designation. The N was made in 45, 50, 75, 80, 90, 105 and 150mm The 50, 80 and 105 are still made."

    Reply at LFP.

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