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Xenar and Xenotar glass.
Old 01-02-2017   #1
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Xenar and Xenotar glass.

I got myself two Rolleiflexes last year both 3.5, one an MX EVS and an E model.
I have a few Hasselblads and more than enough lenses for them and also have my late fathers Super Ikonta C with the Opton coated lens.
So I have just spent three days in the darkroom doing prints from all of these cameras. The images from the Rollieflexes are beautiful, I am very very pleased with contrast and sharpness. I have a 4x5 Omega enlarger and decided to enlarge a portion of a Xenar negative, focusing with an upstreched hand was very hard as she was almost at the top of the tower. The result is incredible from the age point of view, at 60 myself and the glass older than me the quality is impressive. At least the same as the Zeiss Opton in the Ikonta. I have the same images from all three cameras and comparing the prints from each one, I just love the TLR's results.
So if anyone thinks that Xenar and Xenotar glass is inferior stuff, from my observations from Black and White work, they are very wrong. Now for color work, I have no idea and never will because when I do that stuff it is In a Hasselblad back.
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That's great news. I just picked up a MX EVS, but mine has a Tessar. I look forward to seeing what it can do.
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Old 02-04-2017   #3
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I definitely prefer black and white with my Xenotar Rolleiflex. I too also prefer colour with my Hasselblad Planar (1992). Xenotar is vibrant, but cooler. Planar is very slightly punchy and warmer.

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Rolleiflex 75/3.5 Xenotar, f22, 1 sec, Acros 100
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Old 02-04-2017   #4
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I havent had my Rolleicord Very long but the Xenar 75 3.5 is a killer lens, at f/8 I've been making 12x16 enlargements and details are crisp and sharp!
Should probably spend less time talking more time shooting but unfortunately I dont have to leave my desk to talk
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Old 02-04-2017   #5
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At F8 or close..the Rolliecord Xenar...is better than the Planar on the Rollieflex imo..
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I also like the Xenar 60mm f/3.5 of my Rolleiflex 4x4.
Both with Rollei Crossbird 200, E6 process:

Rolleiflex 4x4_05_Rollei Crossbird 100_003 by Thomas Harwardt, auf Flickr

with Rolleinar 2

Rolleiflex 4x4_06_Rollei Crossbird 100_005 by Thomas Harwardt, auf Flickr
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Old 02-04-2017   #7
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The Xenar and Xenotar are superb lenses, period. The Planar-equipped Rolleiflexes command more money because of the Carl Zeiss name; let others spend more and congratulate yourself for your discernment!
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Thi article proves my point. A very good read for those of you interested.

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The Xenotar or Planar models are equally good. Both are superb.
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I've got a 135mm Xenar on my old Crown Graphic 4x5. It is wonderfully sharp, too, with great character!
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