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REVIEW: Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-11-12

Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8

Specs:

Lens:
50mm

Weight:
110g

Aperture:
f/2.8 to f/22
5 bladed aperure

Mount:
DKL
Closest Focus:
0.9m (2.95ft)

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)



Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
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f/2.8 - f/8 - f/22

Bokeh
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8

Flare / Backlight
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8


Extra samples
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8
Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenar 50mm f/2.8


Build quality

Very nice and solid.
It also have a great feel to it.


Conclusion

Schneider-Kreuznach lenses are usually very nice and this one are no exception.

Small and lightweight but still solid and good feel.

Image quality is great especially for a old vintage lens.
Nice sharpness and not that much corner softness.
Renders well with nice contrast, bokeh and flare.

Closest focus are quite bad but this mount are made for both SLRs and rangefinder cameras.
And 0.9m for a rangefinder is quite normal on a 50mm.


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Image quality
Build quality
Bokeh / Flare
Look / Feel


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Analogue B&W film
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak D76

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