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REVIEW: Franka Solida III

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-01-07


Franka Solida III

Specs:

Lens:
Rodenstock - Trinar 80mm f/2.9
Aperture f/2.9 - f/22
Shutter: Prontor-SV
1/250 sec to 1 sec plus a Bulb setting

Takes standard 120 film
6x6
Double-exposure prevention

Franka Solida III

Image quality

I must say that i'm quite impressed with the Rodenstock lens.
Its sharp even wide open and have good contrast etc.
Like most of these type of lenses you get unsharp corners even at f/11. It's pretty far out and I wouldn't say that it's a big problem on this one.
f/2.9
Good sharpness not not that bad corner sharpness.
Franka Solida III
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  f/11
Really sharp but the last part of the corners aren't that great.
Franka Solida III
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Bokeh
Pretty rough and not the best I have seen.
Franka Solida III
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Flare
Lens is coated and handles flares good
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Build quality

All metal housing so its like a rock …... made of metal … and hollow :)


Conclusion

I really like this camera and for a medium format 6x6 this is still quite small.
Sharness are very good but corners are soft which is quite common of this type of lens.
Also renders very well but bokeh can look a bit odd on some cases.


Thumbs up:
Great image quality
Small size

Thumbs down:
Bokeh in some cases
Corner sharpness


Technical Info
Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Kodak Tmax 400
Developer: Kodak D76



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