Friday, November 25, 2011

[UV] Tested transmittance of eight 35mm wide angle lenses for reflected UV

I conducted a test today to measure the UV transmittance of some older manual focus lenses I had sitting around, all f = 35mm and all having either M39mm or M42mm thread mount, so may easily be adapted onto modern DSLR's, if their back focal length fits the camera register.

Be reminded that this is only a test of the suitable UV transmittance, not of other important parameters for UV photography (sharpness, contrast, freedom of flare or hotspots etc.)

Of course the well known Novoflex Noflexar 35mm stands out as a very well transmitting lens and it is actually not a surprise that the Staeble Lineogon does about equally well - it is the same optics inside as Novoflex subcontracted to the German company Staeble to design their optics, which my own research concluded. Be reminded that the Lineogon was made for the PAXETTE camera with M39 thread mount, but for a 44mm register (so is NOT Leica compatible, but helps to adapt as it allows for 15mm more space).

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

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