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Don Sparks
15-Jun-2000, 14:21
Would the Schneider 210/6.1 Xenar be a good lens for landscapes and general phot ography? I have read that some of the Xenars are sharp in the center, but soft t oward the edges. I don't do prints larger than 11x14. Thanks.

Ron Shaw
15-Jun-2000, 16:18
The Schneider website gives 225mm of coverage at F6.1, and 249mm coverage at F22, so I would think it would perform very well on 4x5, or even 5x7.

Paul Schilliger
15-Jun-2000, 16:47
This lens is in my opinion excellent. Very sharp, natural colors, overall a bit on the yellow side though. Of my 8 lenses, the one I use most (on 4x5).

Paul Schilliger
16-Jun-2000, 10:01
Harley, just a supplementary note: When I bought this lens, it's price was around $ 500, which helped a lot make my decision. Now seeing it's actual price on the US market, I think there are some worthy con tenders among Fuji, Nikon and even Schneider lenses. Just unable to speak from experience.

Bruce Gavin
16-Jun-2000, 14:41
The MTF chart on the 210 Xenar indicates the image quality will start to go soft rapidly around the 60% point, which is an image circle of about 149mm at f/22. Inside the 60% circle, the image quality is crisp and sharp.

The 210 Xenar at infinity will be nice and sharp except a few millimeters in the extreme corners. It will soften up more when you use movements and get beyond that 60% boundary.

Ron Shaw
16-Jun-2000, 16:51
Keep in mind that the circle of coverage gets larger as you focus closer. The infinity numbers are worst case. I dont think I have ever taken a shot while focused at infinity.

Paul Schilliger
17-Jun-2000, 05:53
I think the Xenars are single coated, as there is no "MC" engraving on the lense s. Despite that, they produce brilliant images. Probably the small amount of glass-air surfaces did no t require multicoating. (Sorry, Don, for mixing up your name in my previous input!)

Paul Schilliger
17-Jun-2000, 08:10
Just checked the Nikkor W 5,6 210. At f22: 295 mm image circle. Weighs 80 g more and costs $80 more. Designed with six elements, integrated multicoating... might be a valid alternat ive.