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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:53 am    Post subject: Rollei Planar 50mm 1.8/f Reply with quote

hey everyone,

New to MF lens and just got a Rollei Planar. It works well but unfortunately cannot focus to infinity on my Canon 450D with the adapter.

But at the suitable focal range i think the lens is very sharp.

Anyone have experience with this particular lens before?

Sample: (shot wide open)



PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Rollei Planar 50mm 1.8/f Reply with quote

merelyok wrote:
hey everyone,

New to MF lens and just got a Rollei Planar. It works well but unfortunately cannot focus to infinity on my Canon 450D with the adapter.

But at the suitable focal range i think the lens is very sharp.

Anyone have experience with this particular lens before?

Sample: (shot wide open)



Welcome to aboard!
I don't have experience with Canon and Rollei.

Beautiful capture! Look at those eyes! Amazing!


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome merelyok!
nice cat portrait
maybe the procedure is the same as for the contax
infinity tune for contax lens


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys!

I have procured a Contax Zeiss Planar 50mm 1.7 that unfortunately does not focus to infinity as well. In the mean time, i have sent it in to a local shop to have it serviced and calibrated to be able to focus to infinity as well.

But i might try to calibrate the Rollei myself! ( which i believe is a Zeiss but without the *T coating! )


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the Rollei HFT coating is identical to T* or so they say... (and also identical to Pentax SMC coating)


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this lens and it's a great lens. It is usually found at very low prices. I paid 18 Euros for my copy and it's a no brainer!


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i could not get the rollei 50mm for 18 Euro! Mad the ones i have been watching recently go for almost $100


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I paid for my Rollai Planar 1.8/50 (in absolutely mint condition and also without infinity focus Wink) 30,- and still I think I made a bargain!

Just start a search and you will find some example shots...

Here are two quick links:
http://forum.mflenses.com/christmas-markets-in-germany-t4143,highlight,rollei+planar.html

http://forum.mflenses.com/50s-wide-open-now-with-part-ii-t6804,highlight,rollei+planar.html


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@LucisPictor,

a bit OT, but isn't the Planar design the same as the "double Gauss?"

so basically all current 50mm lenses would be Planar designs? and it seems there is no 50mm Sonnar for SLR (only for rangefinder) -- something about not enough back-focus, so the shortest Sonnar for SLR is 85mm


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did you manage to mount the rollei on your DLSR? I couldn't find a rollei bayonet adapter for my Oly.


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@LucisPictor,

went thru your 50mm lens comparison. a very comprehensive work! you should make a blog page for that and stud it with google ads. might buy you some lenses Very Happy Very Happy

that said, the volna-9 is amazing! that bokeh is to die for. all the others are more alike than different. question, is it due to the fact it's a macro lens? or the weird shaped iris?

it would be interesting to see a comparison to other macro lenses like the canon 50/2.8 or 60/2.8 EF-S or similar... also the industar 61 L/Z which also has the weird iris.


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rollei's flange distance is 44.6mm, whereas OM's is 46mm so it is not possible to achieve infinity focus even you can find OM->EOS adapter.
Though there are Rollei SL35->EOS adapters available, but expensive.


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he must mean Oly 4/3 DSLR, which has 38mm register distance.


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've tried the method poilu proposed to adjust the lens to infinity, but unfortunately, the nose cone is far too recessed to get any sort of grip on it to remove it.

I'm in the process of sanding down the adapter alittle to see if that helps to achieve focus at infinity. (It seems like there's just alittle more to go before it locks into focus! )


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A blog page? Hmm... why not... Wink

Sanding down the adapter is of course a way to achive infinity focus. But make sure that the adapter is still solid enough to support the lens afterwards. Wink


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha!


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alessandro, the XXX-4/3 adapter available from our member VGR would probably mount Rollei SL lenses on your e410. It doesn't actually mention Rollei on the site, maybe you should check.
http://oly43club.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=351


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the results after some filing!

Images are 100% crops

Test 1: with minor filing



Test 2: with extended filing



Do you guys think some more filing down is needed or i should leave it as it is?


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't see the pics...


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weird...

Direct links here

Test1: http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/merelyok/?action=view&current=test1.jpg

Test2:
http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/merelyok/?action=view&current=test2.jpg


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peterqd wrote:
Alessandro, the XXX-4/3 adapter available from our member VGR would probably mount Rollei SL lenses on your e410. It doesn't actually mention Rollei on the site, maybe you should check.
http://oly43club.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=351


I have it, I would like to be sure before buying a rollei lens though.


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Another test shot with the Rollei (wide open)


PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

merelyok wrote:
Weird...

Direct links here

Test1: http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/merelyok/?action=view&current=test1.jpg

Test2:
http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii235/merelyok/?action=view&current=test2.jpg


Those direct links do not work for me, either. But it's not the first time I have problems with photobucket...


PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi. got a Rollei 50mm F1,8 lens, the old one. Its not as good made as an old Takumar 50 mm lens. But maybe it´s the lens i have been looking for, if nothing better comes up. If anyone have any tips on a better lens (not to expensive!) let me know. Here are some examples from my recent testing. Taken with a sony A7RII. Im happy with the results and now i am going out for more testing. It´s a wonderful lens wide open, better than others. Maybe i´ll sell some of other lenses if this one does it. Maybe i have got the MLS (multiple lens syndrome) then i keep all my lenses.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chardin wrote:
Hi. got a Rollei 50mm F1,8 lens, the old one. Its not as good made as an old Takumar 50 mm lens. But maybe it´s the lens i have been looking for, if nothing better comes up. If anyone have any tips on a better lens (not to expensive!) let me know. Here are some examples from my recent testing. Taken with a sony A7RII. Im happy with the results and now i am going out for more testing. It´s a wonderful lens wide open, better than others. Maybe i´ll sell some of other lenses if this one does it. Maybe i have got the MLS (multiple lens syndrome) then i keep all my lenses


It's one of the better "old" 50's out there in my opinion. The crisp sharpness and almost gaussian background blur is awesome.