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REVIEW: Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-11-14

Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4

Specs:

Lens:
135mm

Weight:
335g

Aperture:
f/4 to f/22
5 bladed aperure

Mount:
DKL
Closest Focus:
4m (13.1ft)

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)



Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4
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f/4 - f/8 - f/22

Bokeh
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4

Flare / Backlight
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4


Extra samples
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4
Rodenstock Retina-Rotelar 135mm f/4


Build quality

Very nice and solid.
It also have a great feel to it.


Conclusion

Very nice lens with great image and build quality.

Images are sharp but with some soft corners.
Renders great with nice contrast and bokeh looks mostly good but not as smooth in all occasions.

The biggest thumb down of this must be the 4m (13.1ft) closest focus.
I'm not all that familiar with tele lenses that works on a range finder but that seems very bad.
And this as a portrait lens will not be that practical.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
Build quality
Flare
Look / Feel


Thumbs down:
Closest Focus: 4m (13.1ft)



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Analogue B&W film
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: Kodak Tmax 100 and AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak D76

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