Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar 1:4,5 F=18cm Review

11/26/2014 - 15:33
Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar 1:4,5 F=18 cm




I pick up a rare lens Schneider-Göttingen Xenar 1: 4,5 F = 18 cm. Judging from the name of the branch was made by Schneider in Goettingen. Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm

The lens is well assembled, build quality compared to other lenses of these years on top. It is a heavy metal cylinder, threaded behind, which is attached to the camera. Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm

Judging from the constructive it is some special facilities, not for normal shooting. I did not manage to find about it detail information. Optical design, like all Xenars, 4 lenses in 3 groups (Tessar design). The lens has no aperture, and the aperture ratio is f = 4,5 at 180mm focal length. But there are also variants with insertion four diaphragm holes.

Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm diaphragm holes

Variant with insertion four diaphragm holes

My lens has a serial number 18 666. This number has introduced me to some confusion. No, not because of the fact that there are three sixes, but because according to official information Schneider serial numbers, date of manufacture of the lens corresponds to 1919 or earlier. But at the same time, there is information that the production of lenses under the brand Xenar began since 1927. Hence the conclusion that the subsidiaries of branches had their numbering, or it had lenses for specialized or military equipment, as was the Zeiss. Maybe someone has information about this, I will be grateful to share it with me.

 

Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar 1:4,5 F=18 cm Sample Photos

So I mount the lens on Nikon D3100 using the focusing helicoid and set of extension rings. About how to mount large format lenses on the digital camera you can read here. This is a few examples, taken at the Nikon D3100. My lens has substantial rubbing the back of the lens, therefore because may be weak contrast. Almost all the photos significantly tightened in RAW converter.

Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm sample photos

The first thing I liked about the picture, it's character.

Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm sample photos

Also, the lens render beautiful Tessar like bokeh.

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But all large format lenses are a little bit soft on the digital camera because it has a low resolution for small format.

Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm sample photos

And a couple of examples of people. So far, they could not fully take pictures of people. Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm sample photosSchneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm sample photosSchneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm sample photos

There is interesting halos around highlights water like meniscus lens.

Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar f/4,5 F=18cm sample photos

 

Summary

Schneider-Gоttingen Xenar 1:4,5 F=18 cm is an interesting vintage lens. Yet to understand it’s character.





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