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Rodenstock 138mm Initial Impressions and Info

Steve Hendrix

Active member
We had a chance to play with a prototype Rodenstock 138mm lens recently. This particular unit was mounted in the new Rodenstock Aperture Mount.

Below is the write up on first impressions.

https://captureintegration.com/first-look-rodenstock-138mm-hr-w-in-aperture-mount/


Given the pricing (and to be fair, the performance), I would say this lens is not only Dante Approved, but is a candidate for the Dante Honors Category.



Steve Hendrix/CI
 
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vjbelle

Well-known member
Steve..... as I understand it this lens is 'ONLY' available with the Helical (because of the floating element) which makes it more expensive, heavier and longer. Actus/Arca MF2 users have to establish a rough infinity and then rely on the helical for all focus. To me kind of a PITA but that's how it goes.

I mention this because I failed to find this information in your review.

Victor
 

Steve Hendrix

Active member
Steve..... as I understand it this lens is 'ONLY' available with the Helical (because of the floating element) which makes it more expensive, heavier and longer. Actus/Arca MF2 users have to establish a rough infinity and then rely on the helical for all focus. To me kind of a PITA but that's how it goes.

I mention this because I failed to find this information in your review.

Victor

Hi Victor -

Thanks for mentioning this, I did discuss this in the section below the current HR lineup. Apologies if I did not word this clearly. And yes, unfortunate that that's the way it is, but on the other side, you gain consistently amazing performance regardless of subject distance.


Steve Hendrix/CI
 

beano_z

Member
Having a soft spot for nice lenses, I'm so glad that neither the focal length nor the close focus abilities are properties I need for what I shoot, otherwise I'd be racking up chores around the house already, ouch!

But it does look like a fantastic piece of gear and I can't wait to see the 'real' results from the community here....er wait, maybe not, because that's where the poison gets spread :cry:
 
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