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zetra

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Difference between Hasselbad lenses
« on: March 02, 2009, 08:38:38 AM »

Please, could somebody tell me what is the difference between Hasselblad lens 40mm F4 CF FLE  and 40/4 Distagon CFE IF T* ???
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009, 09:54:53 AM »

You can download the data sheets here and compare:
http://www.hasselbladhistorical.eu/HW/HWLds.aspx

The one labeled "IF" is internal focusing, and the double focus ring present in the other version is now gone. The "IF" version is essentially a completely new lens, the highest performing 40mm medium format lens on the market, but at a price. The lowest price for a used on on eBay I saw was in the $4000USD range. There are a few new ones left here and there, but they go for well over $5000.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2009, 10:09:15 AM »

Quote from: jjlphoto
You can download the data sheets here and compare:
http://www.hasselbladhistorical.eu/HW/HWLds.aspx

The one labeled "IF" is internal focusing, and the double focus ring present in the other version is now gone. The "IF" version is essentially a completely new lens, the highest performing 40mm medium format lens on the market, but at a price. The lowest price for a used on on eBay I saw was in the $4000USD range. There are a few new ones left here and there, but they go for well over $5000.

IIRC, the IF version is reputed to have higher distortion, but is sharper overall. This is probably a design compromise in favour of digital.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2009, 11:34:45 AM »

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IIRC, the IF version is reputed to have higher distortion, but is sharper overall. This is probably a design compromise in favour of digital.

Good point- the distortion charts show the IF version to have about double the amount of distortion. Yuck!
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