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    Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Hi everone, just came acros a previously unknown (at least to me) Docter Wetzlar Tessar in a large Copal 3 shutter.
    Does anybody have first hand experiences with that lens? Worth getting one?
    Found a few infos on the net but not too much.
    Cheers, zwicko
    Cheers, Zwicko

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Plenty under search.

    Perhaps best here.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ghlight=docter

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Thank you Steven.
    Cheers, Zwicko

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Ok, as almost no one seems to have first hand experiences with that lens I just bought it.
    Looking forward to comparing it to my Sinaron-S 5.6/210mm.
    Only thing I need is a matching lensboard.



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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Perhaps you've seen this already, Arne Croell has done an excellent treatment of the Docter Optic line here: http://www.arnecroell.com/docter.pdf

    David

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Thank you David.
    Cheers, Zwicko

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Chris Perez did a great analysis of what this lens can do. He posted a link on this forum in 2006 IIRCC
    Great lens. I have one I purchased from Kerry Thalman years ago. Need to use it more.

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Here is the link I was thinking about...
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...3SP2LPM_P-1gCp

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    They are fine lenses, I used one in the late 90s, and it compared favorably to a 210 f6.3 Xenar. I found it made a fantastic portrait lens for 4x5, a slight bit soft from f4.5 to f5.6 and by f11 it was as sharp as a modern plasmat, like your Sinaron-S. I ended up selling it after moving to 5x7 because I found the corners went soft with moderate movements.

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    Re: Docter Wetzlar Tessar 210mm f4.5

    Thank you, Jon and Jason. Seems like a rare find, my new Tessar. As my lensboard has not arrived yet I didn't have the chance to actually use it...
    Cheers, Zwicko

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