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11-12-2020, 09:20 PM   #1
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Any other must have Russian medium format lenses?

Love the Arsat 30 fisheye on the 645Z. Any other lenses stand out as much?


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Not strictly "Russian" but the later version (multi-coated) of the Carl Zeiss Jena 180mm f/2.8 Sonnar in Pentacon Six mount makes a very decent portrait lens and the Carl Zeiss Jena 120mm f/2.8 Biometar does a decent job too.
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I've seen a lot of Russian projector lenses being adapted to medium format. But that's a rather deep rabbit hole to dive into.

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Here you go!

Not my photo, but one I found on another forum whenever rabbit holes are mentioned.


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Yes to the CZJ MC-Sonnar 180/2.8. Not so excited about the 120 Biometar.

If you really need a shift lens, yes to the Arsat 55/4.5 PCS. Donít expect to make gigantic prints for up-close viewing.

Yes to the Pentacon Six bellows. Mount a copy lens in a drilled P6 body cap.

The 80mm CZJ Biometar is a classic 5-element Planar (like the western Planar used by Hasselblad and Rollei in the day), but Iím not sure itís better than either of the Pentax 75ís. It is a different look.

The 60mm Schneider Curtagon (for the Exakta 66 Mk. III, a Kreuznach lens from the 90ís) is a legendary unicorn. The brand is ďJoseph SchneiderĒ but itís a Kreuznach lens from the time Mannesman owned them, as I recall. If you find one, decide you hate it and must discard it. Iíll provide the trash can. The Schneider 80/2.8 Xenotar is probably better than any other 75/80 in an easily adaptable mount. Also rare. Even more rare is the 55mm Super-Angulon shift lens. Iíve seen and handled the Xenotar and Curtagon, but Iíve never laid eyes on the SA. There was a myth that Joseph Schneider made a 40mm Curtagon, but nobody I know has ever seen one. These are not Russian lenses, but post-unification western lenses, and were priced accordingly.

Rick ďadapters installed on the fisheye and the 180 Sonnar by defaultĒ Denney

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