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roskav

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Flat field lenses for Nikon
« on: October 30, 2019, 09:39:03 am »

Hello All.  I'm hoping to improve my flat art repro equipment using the Nikon system.  Currently I use mainly a D850 with a Zeiss 135mm Apo.  It has a tiny bit of distortion but the light to dark transitions in high contrast areas is great. I do have trouble however in maintaining a good level of detail across the frame at close distances.  (It could be that the lens is slightly off due to a nasty bang it once got.). It did try the latest Zeiss 100mm Milvius macro in the shop and really thought it was great (sharp, rectilinear)  but know that it does have more CA than the Apo. (although could just about see it)  I'm wondering though are there other options for me, for instance I can see that people really like the 105mm 1.4 which would be money better spent considering its range of uses.  I don't need to focus that closely really, the macro is mainly for the flat field and geometric qualities.  Hope you can help thanks!
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Re: Flat field lenses for Nikon
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2019, 05:52:47 am »

Ok after a bit of research I see that people aren't as complimentary about the 105 1.4 at close distances.  Anyone have experience of the Otus 55 for this type of work? 
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Re: Flat field lenses for Nikon
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2019, 07:10:52 am »

I like my voigtlander 125mm f2.5 APO.

I replaced both my Zeiss 100mm f2.0 and 135mm f2.0 with it. The lens is manufactured by Cosina in the same factory where the Otus and other top Zeiss lenses are manufactured.

But I have not done specific testing in terms of field flatness as close up distances.

Cheers,
Bernard

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Re: Flat field lenses for Nikon
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2019, 08:23:30 am »

Thanks Bernard I have read quite a bit about the Voigtlander APO - seems to have a true cult following! - It would be v nice to give it a try.  It certainly is cheaper than some of the other options.  Do you use yours for landscape mainly?   - Did I spot another post by you saying that it was great at infinity? R
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Re: Flat field lenses for Nikon
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2019, 05:14:51 pm »

Thanks Bernard I have read quite a bit about the Voigtlander APO - seems to have a true cult following! - It would be v nice to give it a try.  It certainly is cheaper than some of the other options.  Do you use yours for landscape mainly?   - Did I spot another post by you saying that it was great at infinity? R

Yes, indeed.

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