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Re: Re: [Rollei] MX EVS Type 2
- Subject: Re: Re: [Rollei] MX EVS Type 2
- From: ShadCat11
- Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 22:01:38 EST
In a message dated 02/14/2002 6:45:45 AM, you wrote:
<<My first Rolleiflex was a MX-EVS (type 1). I loved it, and still do, and
with it my interest in collecting Rollei TLR's started. It has the Tessar
lens, and it's so sharp that I often use it instead of the F cameras with
Planar. I find the sharpest aperture on the Tessar to be around 8-11, and
5,6 with the six element 3,5 Planar. There IS a difference between shots
taken with the Tessar and the Planar, but it's hard to say exactly what it
is. Maybe the Tessar is little more contrastier?>>
My experience with an MX-EVS (type 1) Xenar is similar, with excellent
contrast and good enough sharpness to compare favorably to my 3.5F w/Planar.
The main differences seem to be at the wider apertures, where the Planar is
centrally sharp to wide open, although the edges don't really "bite" until
f8. I have never been sure if this is an individual variation or
characteristic of the earlier 5 element version. Some time ago I observed
identical results with an f3.5 Xenotar.
Over years I have owned several Xenars and Tessars and found them equal in
imaging qualities, although with slight sample variations. My impression,
with no scientific basis whatever, is that the best of them were late 1930s
Tessars and mid-50s Xenars. I don't have enough experience with any version
f2.8 to have an opinion of their performance, although a Xenotar I owned
briefly was decent enough.
<<The brighter viewing screen in the F cameras are good, but when on sunny
days they reflect lots of light making it harder to focus. The darker screen
in the MX-EVS has never been a problem for me. It's fine grained and easy to
That is my opinion, too.