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RE: [Rollei] Re: Why the 6-element lens for 3.5Fs

Yes, but miniature use as of 1950 would have been 35mm.

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From: Eric Goldstein [mailto:egoldste  ]
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 4:38 PM
To: rollei  us
Subject: [Rollei] Re: Why the 6-element lens for 3.5Fs

Richard Knoppow wrote:

> Since some report good performance from these CZJ Tessars
> the design was not the problem. In general Tessars are not
> at their best at f/2.8 but can be quite satisfactory.

In his book "Photographic Optics," (1950) Allen R. Greenleaf states that
Tessar designs are optimal as f/6.3 lenses, and no matter how carefully
designed and constructed, versions faster than f/3.5-4.5ish "would not
satisfy a critical user." (Mr. G himself seems like quite the critical

Today, even with modern glass, design and fabrication, Tessars of f/2.8
speed are produced for miniature use only...

Eric Goldstein