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    Jeff D. Welker
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    Re: 210mm f/5.6 - Rodenstock or Nikkor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
    Dan's advice is excellent.. seriously consider it.

    Images made at f22 to f45 using nearly any good example from the big four are going to be far more similar than different. Pick any of the big four with a good-reliable shutter and move on.

    As for the obsession with the "best" lens, the "best" lens will not make a given image "better" at those taking apertures (f22 to f45) as there are a pile of many, many other factors that will have far more impact on the finished print.

    At taking apertures of f4.5 to no more than f11, then the differences can be quite variable from lens type to specific lens sample.



    Bernice
    Thank you again Bernice.

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    Jeff D. Welker
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    Re: 210mm f/5.6 - Rodenstock or Nikkor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    Perfection is the enemy of the good.
    Well said Peter.

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    Re: 210mm f/5.6 - Rodenstock or Nikkor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Salmo22 View Post
    Dan, you are a holy man. That is just what I needed to hear and read. In a past life I shot competitive benchrest rifle competitions all over the western USA. Instead of calling it the 'magic bullet', although that would have been appropo, we called it 'follow the leader'. Whomever won the match was overwhelmed with questions as to what scope, action, bullet, primer, powder, etc that he/she used to win. If I could obtain the same equipment, I would win just like him/her. After several years of frustration, I learned that I needed to improve my shooting technique to win, which I did. My equipment was not the answer I thought it would be. Thank you.
    I used to work a lot of Monte Zucker seminars, as many as 23 one year. His speciality was one light portraits using one main strobe and a reflector he made Rembrandt lighting easy.

    At one seminar there were at least 500 attendees in the hall. Monte pointed out that the groom that he was shooting was too short for the shot he wanted with the bride. So he told the group that he had the groom sit on a telephone book (remember those?) as soon as he said that an attendee stood up, waving his hand and wanted to know “what city”?

    Later on Monte mentioned that he carried a step ladder with him to get high to do group shots. Again a guy stood up to ask “which brand ladder”?

    The worst thing with these seminars was that Monte, or Clay, or Al Gilbert or Tibor would pose and light the subject and then step back and say that’s what it should look like! Then a few hundred photographers would stand up and shoot. But none were ever at camera position!

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    Re: 210mm f/5.6 - Rodenstock or Nikkor?

    As it´s said many times here, you will no go wrong with any 210 mentioned here. I have tried lots of different 210mm lenses. All of them are very good lenses. The only differences I could find are about contrast, so I kept the
    ones that fit better my personal taste, and in my case are Rodenstock Apo Sironar S and N. I shot architecture and landscape with color transparency film.
    If you can try and compare, buy the one that writes what you like to read.

    https://jjpascuallargeformatphoto.com/

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