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Thread: Weeding my lenses

  1. #1

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    Weeding my lenses

    I have found myself with more than one lens in several lengths and would like the collective opinion on the "better" of each pair. They are all in at least good shape;

    Rodenstock Sironar-N 5.6/210 MC vs. Nikkor-W 5.6/210

    Schneider Symmar-S 5.6/135 vs. Nikkor-W 5.6/210

    Rodenstock Sironar 5.6/150 (450) vs. APO-Sironar-S 5.6/150

    (I think the 150mm choice is obvious, the APO is new and excellent but does the Sironar warrant keeping?)

    Input Please?

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    Wouldn't it be better to stick them on the camera and see which one you like better?

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    Neither I nor anyone else knows your subjective, personal preferences. Do you prefer clinical sharpness, or do you find that too harsh? Do you like a lower contrast lens for more shadow detail, is is that too mushy? Unless there is an objective reason to choose one over the other (e.g., if one lens has much greater coverage, and you plan to move up in formats), then the choice is one only you can make.

    Because some with a critical eye feel there is a difference in color "palette" from one mfr to another (largely due to the multicoating chosen), they suggest sticking with one mfr if you shoot chromes and need the same look from one lens to the next; this can be a valid objective reason.

    In any event, lens testing that I and others have done here suggest that sample-to-sample variation between the same lens can be greater than the variation in performance between different mfrs, especially if the lens has been dropped/knocked/handled roughly/purchased used and therefore of unknown provenance/etc. If you're additionally comparing lenses of vastly different f.l.'s then that adds another subjective variable that only you can answer; between a 135 and a 210 (assuming on 4x5) I know which look I prefer, but I don't and can't know which f.l. you would prefer.
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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    sell the ones you can get the most money for. you most likely will never notice the difference.

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    Personally, I would sell all of the 135mm lenses and all the Nikkors....

    I love the high quality of the Nikkors but, the weird filter sizes piss me off.

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    Or just sell them all and buy one 150-180 to do it all.

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio View Post
    Or just sell them all and buy one 150-180 to do it all.
    Hmmm...you mean....wait...I don't get it....

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    Just use one lens instead, like that 150 Sironar-S or a newer 180

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    ....just....one...lens.....uh....ouch!



    but seriously, I think you're entirely correct. I just don't know if I have the cajones to sell 'em all and buy just one (or, better yet, sell all but one!).

    It is an odd thing really. It is like a security blanket...having way too many lenses....and yet, it kinda works against you (well, me I mean). With all these damned lenses, i can never walk out the door in confidence knowing I have the right one (or three) in the bag....

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    Re: Weeding my lenses

    Nah, they'ye no good and probably radioactive or something. Just send them to me for proper disposal.

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