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REVIEW: Westex IV

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-09-06

Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9

Specs:


Lens: ISCO-Göttingen Westar 80mm f/2.9
Closest Focus: 1.2m (3.9ft)
Aperture: f/2.9 - f/22
10 bladed aperure
Shutter: 1/300 to 1s + B (Bulb)
Leaf shutter from Prontor-SVS
Light meter: None
Battery: None
Flash: PC sync.
Weight: 680g

Coupled rangefinder
Double-exposure prevention

Takes 120 film
6×6 cm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Small but fairly bright compared to many other similar cameras with this age.

Info:
Coupled rangefinder


Image quality


Analogue B&W film

Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9


Bokeh
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9


Flare / Backlight
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9



Build quality

All metal and solid as a rock.
 
Operating
Westex IV - Isco-Gottingen 80mm f/2.9

Conclusion


A very nice camera in almost all points and it have everything I look for in a folding medium format.

The viewfinder is small but still works very well and are quite bright compared to many other similar camera I have looked at.
It have a coupled rangefinder which is very handy and easy to read in the viewfinder.

Had quite high expectations about this ISCO-Göttingen lens.
These are usually very nice and I can't say that I was disappointed.
Image quality are nice and sharp but corners are soft which is very common on this type of lens.
This is also not the best wide open, center sharpness is okay but get quite soft fast towards the corners.
It is still quite gradual softness so I don't feel that this is to imposing and this also gives a little vintage look which can make a nice image feel.
Render great and handles bokeh, flare and backlight well.
In the picture of the backlight did get something which I guess are internal reflections.
The sun is just over the frame and did not see any problem in any other shots in backlight.

One thing I don't like is the aperture lever which can be hard to reach so you need to move the focus to be able sometimes.


Thumbs up:
Good image quality / Feel
Bokeh / Flare
Great build quality
Portable and fairly lightweight

Thumbs down:
Corner sharpness
Hard to reach aperture lever




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