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Schneider Super Angulon XL 5,6/38 mm and modern digital backs test.


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One of Schneider late lenses is the Super Angulon XL 120° 5,6/38 mm.
The lens was dedicated to all Film medium formats till 6x12 cm.
As the last XL lens that Schneider has produced this lens has a very special lensdesign with a extremly long rear lenselement, that allows to use the lens at the most camera systems (the lensboard dont need to be so close to the film-sensor as on traditional symetrical lensdesign).
This lens was a secret tip for digital backs, when Apo Digitar or Digaron-S was not available or too expensive.
But how would this lens perform with modern digital backs?
still sharp or not? LCC? usuable with movements?
So let see how the lens perform on phase one 250 with 50 MP.
This back has the same pixel destiny as the 100MP phase one back.
So the performance will be the same on both sensors.


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the lens is at F11 really nice sharp, so let see how it works with movements.
I used rise of 10 mm, something that will be used very offen at architecture shots.



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as you can see the movement of 10 mm can be well corrected with LCC of capture one.
The sharpness in the corners are very good.


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The digaron is realy sharp even wide open at F4.
The sharpness in the center is at F4 is incredible but need to be stopped down to F8 to get perfect corner sharpness.
stopped to 11 the performance is gerat all over the picture. the camera also use the 10 mm rise. The LCC can also be corrected with capture one.
If you compare the example from 38xl and 35 HR the differance at F11 is small and I would say for most not visible.
Not bad for the analoge old boy?


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Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

One helpful aspect is the smaller sensor size of the 50 series, with 10mm movements not far out of the lens' strong center. Typically analog lenses do really well on center, and less good on far edges (made worse with movements). With a larger sensor size say of the 100 series, larger movements are likely to be less positive, as one is operating "further out" in the lens circle. However, In limited range, these analog lenses are quite useful (and inexpensive).


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Hello, may I ask what DB you use for this test? And what's the performance of this lens when shifted at a larger scale?