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Thread: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

  1. #1

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    Dec 2010

    Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    Hey everybody, I'm considering purchasing a used 150mm Rodenstock Apo-Sironar lens. I'm having a hard time gauging from reviews and heresay whether or not the Sironar S is appreciably sharper than the older Sironar N line. Opinions?

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    Lachlan 717
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Re: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    Just a thought: why not ask whether the Sironar N is sharp enough to not need the S?

    You miss 100% of the shots you never take. -- Wayne Gretzky

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Western, PA.

    Re: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    I think the reason most chose the -S- over the -N -is the extra coverage . Not so much sharpness.

    BTW -Not all chose the -S- over the -N-. The -N- is plenty capable & a lot less cash left over for film.
    Last edited by Louis Pacilla; 14-Feb-2011 at 17:54. Reason: add

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jun 2002

    Re: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    For mellow landscapes - people - average stuff, the N has enough coverage for 4x5. For architecture, or big movements/distortions, or 5x7, you want the S.

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    Eric Woodbury
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    Dec 2003

    Re: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    I used the N when I shot 4x5, and got the W for 5x7. At that time the W was new (but wasn't called W yet) and the S didn't exist. Now the W is gone. I've never used the S, but the N and W are favorites. The N (or Caltar) don't cost that much and if they have enough coverage (and they do for everything but tall buildings in a single bound), then use the N. You won't be disappointed.
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  6. #6

    Join Date
    Nov 2010

    Re: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    My new 150 Apo Sironar S is noticeably sharper than my 150 Sinaron S (which if I'm not mistaken is the same as the Apo Sironar N).

    I got the new lens for the increased coverage for urban landscapes and architectural work, though sharpness is important too since I'm doing 10x + enlargements from 4x5. I have noticed a difference in sharpness but it takes a good drum scan and big print to see the difference.

    So as others have said, if you need the coverage then the S is worth it. And if you're doing large prints the sharpness may be a real advantage.

    If you're doing portraits or landscapes and printing 11x14, then I doubt you'll see a difference.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Southland, New Zealand

    Re: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    I have noticed that Sironar S's are very prone to flare. You need a shade to get the best from them. They can be frustrating, but when you get it right its very right.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Santa Barbara

    Re: Sironar N or S -- let's be real...

    I sold a Nikkor 150mm to get the Sironar S. I shoot landscapes and I really could not tell much of a difference, so I ended up selling the Sironar S, bought another Nikkor 150mm and am perfectly happy with the extra cash. If the extra coverage is important, that is another story. Otherwise, I find all the modern 150mms to be more than sufficient.

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