View Full Version : Schneider Tele-Arton 250: is it a good lens?

Mark Nowaczynski
28-Apr-2002, 00:14
Though an old design for press cameras (just big enough image circle for 4X5), t his lens is still available new with multicoating. Ignoring the issue of limite d movements, how good is this lens?

Mark Nowaczynski
28-Apr-2002, 10:51
It has been pointed out to me that the 250 Tele-Arton S is a new offering for the Linhof 617 Technorama. This implies that it is a decent lens, or Linhof would not mate it to one of their top selling cameras, and that its image circle is probably greater that specified. It is certainly more than adequate for 4X5, especially at closer (portrait) distances.

Mark Nowaczynski
28-Apr-2002, 11:21
It has also been pointed out to me that the 250 Tele-Arton is the longest lens offered for the 4X5 Aero-Technika, a system used for very exacting outcomes...

28-Apr-2002, 14:22
it is a good lens.

Sharp, it doesn't have the contrast that a symmar-s has, but it is a good lens for poirttrature. I have used it for years, It all depends on what you are looking for in a lens.

I have always thought Germans are better in making lenses, because although they hold important sharpness in a lens, they also know that " ultimate sharpness " and " perfection " can be too clinical. They understand that photographers have different needs.

Mark Nowaczynski
2-May-2002, 09:12
Apparently this lens has recently been revamped by Schneider, as one can see its cosmetic changes on their German website.