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Rollei Tessar f3.5 23mm
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject: Rollei Tessar f3.5 23mm Reply with quote

Lens from the Rollei E110 removed and remounted for use on my OMD E-M5. This was a high end optic half a century ago and it still performs very well today, it's as sharp at full aperture as many lenses are stopped down and the coatings are excellent, very flare resistant and contrasty.

Some info from Marco Cavina:

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The Tessar lens mounted on the Rollei A110 and E110 was designed by Carl Zeiss in 1960, initially with a 25mm focal length, then reduced to 23mm to perfectly fit with the 110 film format; this lens allows an angle of view of 50°, corresponding - in the 135 film format - to a widened standard lens of approximately 45 mm, a choice certainly apt for non-specialist, universal use, while the maximum aperture of f/2,8 can be considered reasonable for the product category.

Even in this case, the tiny Tessar has been designed without paying attention to saving: apart from the sophisticated multi-layer coating treatment applied by Rollei, its optical core provides the first glass lens realized with lanthanum Crown glass type Schott LaK10 and the fourth lens ground from lanthanum Flint glass type Schott LaF21, two materials with a good balance between high refractive index and low dispersion.


These were taken just before sunset, in very low light, which really sorts the men from the boys in lens terms. This one did very well.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lens perform very nice to me! Like 1 small


PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it. It's a tiny little thing:





PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Amazing!


PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!

What did you use to mount the lens in?


PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the moment it's mounted in an M12-C mount adapter that is screwed into a 5mm C mount extension tube and a c mount-M4/3 adapter. I'm hunting for a suitable c mount lens to use the barrel to fit the Tessar into so it has an iris and can be focused easily.


PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good lens for sure.
You are the master of re-cycling Ian.
Well done
Tom


PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 small Like 1 small Like 1 small well done!!


PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nice little lens and the sample photos show it's quite capable of nice results.
You are very good at spotting gems in unexpected places, Ian.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice hack!
These things wouldn't cover APS-C would they?
The Pentax 110 ones do, mostly.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers guys. It was Marco Cavina's excellent article on various unusual Zeiss lenses that tipped me off to this little Tessar.

I think it will cover APS-C, I'll try it today on my NEX and find out for you.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that's really interesting! Certainly gives a "vitnage" look to photos but I'd never have thought such a tiny optic could even be used with any success on a modern camera. Well done! Smile


PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not much smaller than my Grape sized Rollei 40/2.3 from the XF35.
Curious how you mounted it.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll make some pics of how I've mounted it, shortly.

That little Sonnar 2.3/40 is on my list of lenses to acquire.