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Zeiss Sonnar Lens Recommendation with Phase IQ4

I wanted to ask opinions on a longer lens to use with my Cambo technical camera with a Phase One IQ4 digital back. I now have the Zeiss/Hasselblad adapter to mount these lenses on the tech camera.
For a longer lens I was looking at either the Zeiss/Hasselblad 180mm 4.0 Sonnar T CF lens, or the 250mm 5.6 Sonnar T CF lens. Both would work, and have good reviews. In addition there is the SuperAchromat version for the 250mm lens. Some say the 250mm lenses are similar whether superachromat or standard type lens; would the IQ4 digital back discern a difference in optical qualtity?
Thanks for your input.

John
 

ErikKaffehr

Active member
I wanted to ask opinions on a longer lens to use with my Cambo technical camera with a Phase One IQ4 digital back. I now have the Zeiss/Hasselblad adapter to mount these lenses on the tech camera.
For a longer lens I was looking at either the Zeiss/Hasselblad 180mm 4.0 Sonnar T CF lens, or the 250mm 5.6 Sonnar T CF lens. Both would work, and have good reviews. In addition there is the SuperAchromat version for the 250mm lens. Some say the 250mm lenses are similar whether superachromat or standard type lens; would the IQ4 digital back discern a difference in optical qualtity?
Thanks for your input.

John
Hi,

I have the Sonnar 180, it is a good lens. The 250/5.6 is not a Sonnar but a Tessar, seeing Hasselblad's MTF data, I didn't buy it.

The Superachromat is said to be good.

I am pretty sure that the IQ 4 would show a difference.

Best regards
Erik
 

dchew

Well-known member
I use the 250 Superachromat with the IQ4 on an Alpa. Great lens out to about 100mm image circle.

Dave
 

jng

Well-known member
The 180/4 is excellent and the 250/5.6 Superachromat is superb, with no discernible CA and, as Dave mentions, an image circle that allows pretty generous shifts. I routinely stitch using +/- 15mm shifts - here's an example of such a stitched image shot on my Cambo + IQ3100 with the 250 SA:

https://jngai58.prodibi.com/a/dw5kz...=ppnPPTMojanWCejxuVQQWZtODLMdEbJGH66RoF6qEXE=

As Erik alludes to, the 250/5.6 Sonnar is not known to be the sharpest tool in the shed, although I have no personal experience with this lens.

John
 
Very nice photograph- great detail!


The 180/4 is excellent and the 250/5.6 Superachromat is superb, with no discernible CA and, as Dave mentions, an image circle that allows pretty generous shifts. I routinely stitch using +/- 15mm shifts - here's an example of such a stitched image shot on my Cambo + IQ3100 with the 250 SA:

https://jngai58.prodibi.com/a/dw5kz...=ppnPPTMojanWCejxuVQQWZtODLMdEbJGH66RoF6qEXE=

As Erik alludes to, the 250/5.6 Sonnar is not known to be the sharpest tool in the shed, although I have no personal experience with this lens.

John
 
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