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Thread: Rodenstock Imagonal lens

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    Nov 2005
    Northern France Villers-la-Montagne

    Rodenstock Imagonal lens

    Hi everybody,

    Can enybody tell me what a Rodenstock Imagonal lens is?

    Anything to do with the Imagon? When was it made, what focal lenghts did it have and so on.

    Thank you in advance and best regards


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    Re: Rodenstock Imagonal lens

    The Imagonal was actually several lenses. It was sold primarily as a casket set which came with both landscape (sharp?) and portrait (soft?) elements although I think one could also purchase individual elements.

    In design, it has almost nothing to do with the Imagon. The Imagon is an achromat, and--if I remember correctly--the Imagonal was a bizarre design, the front group was three cemented elements, while the rear was a singlet. I can't recall which was interchangeable.

    They are fairly scarce; I have only seen one. I am not sure how usable they will be today, as I do not think they were color corrected for pan-film.

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    Sep 2003
    Harbor City, California

    Re: Rodenstock Imagonal lens

    Kingslake lists the Imagonal the other way around, singlet front, triplet rear. The German patent of 1904 was number 177,266. I have heard that obtaining German patent copies is rather easy, but haven't tried it.

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    Re: Rodenstock Imagonal lens


    You may be correct, I was just running from memory. The Vademecum lists it the other way (triplet front, singlet rear) but I would be more inclined to believe Kingslake.

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    All metric sizes to 24x30 Ole Tjugen's Avatar
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    Re: Rodenstock Imagonal lens

    Singlet front, triplet rear makes sense for a replaceable-front casket set. Then all the corrections could be put in the "fixed" rear cell, which would need to be a triplet to work adequately across a range of focal lengths in the front.

    For a non-convertible lens the other way around makes more sense; putting the greatest focussing power behind the aperture makes the corrections easier.

    So maybe both statements are correct?

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