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How Many Different Lenses Use the Sonnar Design?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:43 am    Post subject: How Many Different Lenses Use the Sonnar Design? Reply with quote

I have been using a lovely little Jupiter 8M lately and I really love the results that its rendering produces for my type of photography.
Now I know that there are several different focal lengths that have appeared in sonnar design.
The question occurred to me - how many different lenses used this design?
I do not know.
Perhaps we can start a list.
Thinking caps on time......
T


PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, quite a few come into mind, the 2.5/105mm Nikkor, the famous Pentax f2/58mm...

Here is a well known list of rangefinder Sonnar-type lenses: http://www.antiquecameras.net/sonnarlens.html


PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How exactly is a Sonnar defined and identified? I have one in mind but I think it's actually an Ernostar or Planar. It does have a focus shift which is a known Sonnar characteristic but perhaps it applies to the other types also?

It's the Minolta 100mm F2 of 1961. They also applied the same formula to their 135mm F2.8.


PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:
Well, quite a few come into mind, the 2.5/105mm Nikkor, the famous Pentax f2/58mm...

Here is a well known list of rangefinder Sonnar-type lenses: http://www.antiquecameras.net/sonnarlens.html


Here's a few more in the same list: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69170


PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey I'll take two of those #13 85/1.5 Nikkors! Laughing. Were they really that inexpensive in 2009?!


PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this has come up before. Anyway here is a comprehensive discussion of "sonnar" optics. Albeit in Italian.

http://www.marcocavina.com/articoli_fotografici/Bertele_Sonnar/00_pag.htm


PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hundreds. It was even used on compact cameras like the Nikon L35AF. The Schneider Tele-Xenar in many models such as the 4/135 and 3.5/135s are Sonnars