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Jeffrey Sipress
7-Jan-2010, 10:52
Rodenstock Sinaron -S 210mm


Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S 210mm

Does the red stripe indicate a difference of the other does not have it (may be labeled Sinar, too).


Bob Salomon
7-Jan-2010, 11:04
All Apo Sironar S lenses have a red stripe. All Apo Sironar N lenses had a silver stripe. All Apo Sironar W lenses had a gold/yellow stripe.

Oren Grad
7-Jan-2010, 11:09
Sinaron S = (Apo)-Sironar-N.
Sinaron SE = Apo-Sironar-S.

No stripe on a Sinaron probably just means it's earlier production, from the Sironar-N era rather than the Apo-Sironar-N era. Most definitive approach to dating is via serial number.

Jeffrey Sipress
7-Jan-2010, 11:25
Thanks. Some were made for and labeled for the Sinar brand, and the spelling changed slightly, just to further confuse me. If it's a SINAR-s then is it a SIRONAR-S?

Oren Grad
7-Jan-2010, 11:31
Yes, the naming is confusing. There is no "Sinar S".

The Rodenstock-made lenses marketed by Sinar are labeled "Sinaron".

Sinaron S = Apo-Sironar-N, NOT Apo-Sironar-S. Look at the labeling on the lens - the Sinaron S lenses say 72 degrees, confirming that they are Rodenstock "N" types. The Sinaron SE lenses, which are Rodenstock "S" types, say 75 degrees.

Jeffrey Sipress
7-Jan-2010, 11:34
That is it! Thanks, Oren.

Oren Grad
7-Jan-2010, 11:41
It's crazy-making. :) It's understandable that Sinar wanted to incorporate their brand name, but it would have been so much easier if they'd picked something entirely different. Or at least shared the N/S/W classification established by Rodenstock.