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Thread: The last of the TELE-XENAR 360MM F5.5 lenses (1990+). Any good?

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    Lachlan 717
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    The last of the TELE-XENAR 360MM F5.5 lenses (1990+). Any good?

    Anyone using one of these? If so, can you please let me know what you think?

    I'm referring to the modern one, with the straight-sided front barrel, not the older one with the cone-shaped front barrel.

    Thinking about doing some tele-panoramics, particularly rugged seascapes/shorescapes.

    Thanks in advance for any opinions or information.
    Lachlan.

    You miss 100% of the shots you never take. -- Wayne Gretzky

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    Re: The last of the TELE-XENAR 360MM F5.5 lenses (1990+). Any good?

    3 Weeks ago I got one of the last ones made (in a nice modern Compur - love this shutter).
    I've used the lens only once so far and I'm unable to assign a useful rating yet.
    I'm a LF-novice and the only thing that made me wonder was the slightly reduced contrast wide open compared to other LF-lenses I've used so far - focusing the Tele-Xenar wasn't as easy as expected.
    The pictures turned out sharp and contrasty (stopped down a good bit).
    georg

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    Lachlan 717
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    Re: The last of the TELE-XENAR 360MM F5.5 lenses (1990+). Any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by georg s View Post
    3 Weeks ago I got one of the last ones made (in a nice modern Compur - love this shutter).
    I've used the lens only once so far and I'm unable to assign a useful rating yet.
    I'm a LF-novice and the only thing that made me wonder was the slightly reduced contrast wide open compared to other LF-lenses I've used so far - focusing the Tele-Xenar wasn't as easy as expected.
    The pictures turned out sharp and contrasty (stopped down a good bit).
    georg
    Thanks, Georg.

    If things change (i.e. your opinion), either for better or for worse, can you please post your thoughts?

    Thanks in advance.
    Lachlan.

    You miss 100% of the shots you never take. -- Wayne Gretzky

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