Are SLR lenses better than Rangefinder lenses on X cameras?

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Are SLR lenses better than Rangefinder lenses on X cameras?
Feb 19, 2013

Hello,

I recently came across this article

If I understand it correctly, lenses that are placed farther from the sensor produce better quality images.

Does this also imply that SLR lenses, which are designed with the mirror box in mind and which are typically connected through a thicker adapter to reproduce the proper flange distance, will produce better results than the non-digital rangefinder lenses?

Some of the older Zeiss lenses are available in both SLR and rangefinder mounts. The SLR versions have longer flange distance than the RF versions. However, I assume that the image circle size is the same for both types of lenses. Is my assumption correct? Does this mean that the same lens formula adjusted for an SLR camera will have an angle of incidence closer to 90 degrees than the non-SLR version of the lens, therefore resulting in better image quality?

If you have any insight into this matter, please post.

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