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    Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    Just picked up my Rodie 40HR that I'd been patiently putting pennies in the piggy bank for and I was wondering about the best match for it as the next step up lens. Today I use the 23HR, now traded SK35 & 47, 90HR-W and 150 SK as my technical camera go to lens selection. However, now that I've replaced the 35/47 with the 40HR I was wondering whether the 70HR or SK72 might be a better fit than my 90HR-W? Now I'm very very happy with the older 90mm that I have although sometimes it can be a bit longer than I want. With that in mind I've been contemplating getting another 70/72mm that I can use with a tilt adapter on my Alpa (the principal reason I love the 90mm btw).

    So, has anyone compared the Rodie 70HR & SK72? I had an SK72 but sold it but it was a great lens. I haven't tried the Rodie equivalent though. Anyone compared them or got comments?

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    (apologies - I found an older thread on this exact subject: http://www.getdpi.com/forum/medium-f...tock-70-a.html - deja vu! )
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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    Have you considered the 60XL Schneider? Extreme shifts, no flaring, and very light weight.

    My issues with the 90 HR are the flare problems. Really have to watch shots for a ghosting type of flare. I don't know if the 70mm has the same issue.

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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    I've said it before, the SK 72L is on my shortlist for overall favorite lens I've come across. Besides the character in rendering I appreciate small size, light weight, flare resistant, contrary what most say I find my copy very sharp wideopen, can shift it 20mm on the long side with Credo 60, unusually good at 'both' infinity and for macro. (it even betters the newer 60xl for macro applications).
    One superb lens.

    Having said that, since you are (re)building your lens lineup around an HR40 it does make sense to stay in the family for consistant character throughout.
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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    What's with all these half measures??

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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    I think that there's a goldilocks analogy here somewhere when it comes to technical camera lenses - not too wide, not too long, and then ah, just right ...

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    40HR --> 60XL --> 90HR-SW
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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    The 90mm HR is my go to lens and it's very sharp, but the flare you mention really is its fatal flaw. It drives me insane!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    Have you considered the 60XL Schneider? Extreme shifts, no flaring, and very light weight.

    My issues with the 90 HR are the flare problems. Really have to watch shots for a ghosting type of flare. I don't know if the 70mm has the same issue.

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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    Yes, it's a great lens but the ghosting is a real problem. It's strange as it can happen with the sun behind me. Seems more noticeable when I have a blue sky on a tightly framed shot. Still working to find a hood that may help. My 105mm Rodenstock did it also very similar type of flare.

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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    Are you getting the same problem when using something like a LEE or compendium hood btw? I have the HR-W (not HR-SW) and don't really suffer too badly with this but that said I'm somewhat paranoid about using a hood or shielding the lens from the sun with my body.

    Now if you want flare and red spots, let's talk 23HR ...
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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    So far I have only tried the Lee wide angle hood and did have the problem.

    I have the Lee standard hood and a screw in style still to try.

    Curious shout the New 100mm Schneider which would easily fit where I use the 90. Supposed to be an excellent lens when they start to ship.

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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    I read in this thread that Schneider had shelved plans for the 100mm aspherical (info from Alpa).

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    Re: Comparisons of 70HR, SK72 and older 90HR-W

    I had heard that the lens was still going to be released. Supposedly a large order went to China. I guess we will maybe get more info in September.

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