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Cheap and cheerful The Rollei Tele Tessar HFT 135mm f4 QBM
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:22 am    Post subject: Cheap and cheerful The Rollei Tele Tessar HFT 135mm f4 QBM Reply with quote

A walk in our back garden today with the Tele Tessar from Rollei Singapore.
Apart from the mediocre mfd of 1.6m it is a very likable lens
Tom


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Very nice!


PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good pics, Tom.

Nice rendering good resolution power and contrast.

I had one copy a long time ago (near 25 years) and was not HFT. Made in germany. Very good too. But had haze in the infernal face of the first element. I cleaned sometimes but the haze returned always.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pictures, Tom.
Have same lens in Voigtländer branding and M42. Indeed one of the better ones for little money.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very vibrant photos, nice! Quite an underdog this lens.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I just said before, had this lens.

And the Voigtlander súper dynarex 135/4 in DKL. And the súper dynarex 135/4 un Icarex mount

All of the three had very similar rendición. Except in contrast.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful samples Like 1


PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you everyone for the kind words.
A trip to the garden is an adventure here as we have soooo many mosquitoes after the rain.
Here are a few more from yesterday as well.
Mono and sepia added in LR
Tom

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more from this very handy lens
Tom

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the MFD of the lens? Are you using approx ring?


PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiddo wrote:
What's the MFD of the lens? Are you using approx ring?


Already mentioned in the first post.
Sorry, I do not know what an approx ring is
Tom


PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, my bad ,I mean extension ring . The 1.6 ain't that bad like DKL dynarex Sad


PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiddo wrote:
Sorry, my bad ,I mean extension ring . The 1.6 ain't that bad like DKL dynarex Sad


Extension ring, no I simply used the lens as is. You are right, the mfd isn't as bad as some.
I guess we have been spoilt by lenses like the AR Hexanon 3.2/135 with its 1m mfd

The DKL Dynarex is a very good lens, and I suspect that it was designed as a hiking telephoto, small enough to carry in a pocket and with an mfd that was not important for landscapes.
Cheers
Tom


PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's interesting statement indeed, did they ever think in hiking lenses in 1950's? I'm not sure about it, but it's one of the smallest 135 mm I know and it has pretty good resolution ,even though mine one it's got a border decement.


PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the Voigtländer DKL Super-Dynarex 135/4 evolved from the Super-Dynaret from the Vitessa-T rangefinder camera and was introduced 1959.
The original listing mentioned that due to it's relatively fast aperture it's good for snapshots like at sporting events. Wink
It was sold until 1970. The MFD was 4 m, which is indeed quite a distance.
It has nothing to do with the later Tele Tessar which was called "Color-Dynarex" when sold as Voigtländer variant.

This is the information from the Voigtländer Report from Claus Prochnow. I think that's the best source for any Voigtländer related issue, but available as printed book in German only.


PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tb_a wrote:
....The MFD was 4 m, which is indeed quite a distance.....


With the portrait lens made ad hoc, the MFD was 2 m. and the Max. was 4 m.

The design of the tele Tessar, the color Dynarex and the súper dynarex of the Icarex, had as Father the old voigtlander DKL version.

http://www.klassik-cameras.de/Rollei_QBM_Zeiss_dt.html

In the same way, my personal experience with them.

Since 1975 to 1998 I have collected all the voigtlander DKL lenses and Icarex ones.

I know them very well


PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

same design as the Singapore made prototype Alpa 135 m42 mount lens? (This was refused by Pignons, presumably not on optical grounds, but due to a sticking auto aperture pin.)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phwoah! #1 from the first batch is right up my street Tom. Top drawer Like 1 .


PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paulhofseth wrote:
same design as the Singapore made prototype Alpa 135 m42 mount lens? (This was refused by Pignons, presumably not on optical grounds, but due to a sticking auto aperture pin.)

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No idea about ALPA lenses and this project. But the Rollei Zeiss Tele-Tessar 135/4 QBM lens was available in Voigtländer branding in both QBM and M42 mounts made in Singapore.
I've got the M42 variant from Singapore and glued the aperture pin for the usage on digital cameras as otherwise the aperture stays open. Wink


PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are my Voigtländer variants all made in Singapore in M42. All of these are available in Rollei Carl Zeiss in QBM as well. Optically identical. BTW, ALL Singapore made lenses are HFT coated, irrespectible of markings or branding.
On the left side the Rollei Tele-Tessar in Voigtländer branding which obviously needs some cleaning: