Legacy Lenses - the good... the bad... the ugly?

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Domagoj Batinic Contributing Member • Posts: 534
Re: Missing my point?

tedolf wrote:

I think you are missing my point. Regardless of how the lens is mounted, retrofocus designs are inherently inferior to non-retrofocus designs. The retrofocus designs need more elements, stronger refractive index, etc.

Thus, in the standard and wide angle regimes, rangefinder lenses have an inherent advantage over SLR lenses from mounts with longish registration distances.

yes , retrofocus design needs more elements, that's why SLR (and dSLR) wide angle lenses are so bigger than normal lenses and more complex, but you can't really generalise about inferiority of retrofocus to non-retrofocus, all designs have their gems and their rotten apples

anyway,for reference about retrofocus design:


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E-520+12-60+14-42+70-300+Sigma 105 + FL-50R+EC20 + SRF-11
and good number of legacy lenses (list in profile)

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Olympus D-620L Olympus C-2000 Zoom Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Olympus SP-550 UZ Olympus SP-560 UZ +11 more
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