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Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar digital Lens

B&H # RO18056DAS MFR # 150134 USA
Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar digital Lens


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Product Highlights

  • Includes Copal #1 Shutter
  • Designed for Digital Backs
  • Also Ideal for Digital SLR Cameras
  • 72 x 96mm Max. Format Size
  • Extreme Color Correction
  • 45° Coverage
  • 150mm Image Circle
  • Uses 67mm Filters
  • f/8-11 Ideal Working Aperture Range
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The Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar digital Lens is a telephoto large format lens specifically designed for use with digital backs, which require a smaller image circle with extreme resolution, color correction, and maximum performance at a large aperture. This lens is recommended for use with backs having a maximum image area of 72 x 96mm. It comes equipped with the Copal #1 Shutter which allows shutter settings of B and T, plus speeds from 1/400 - 1 sec., manual cocking, and x-synchronization.

In many cases, digital photography is superior to conventional photography if the desired end product is a printed image. To achieve this ideal, however, a much higher demand is made upon the image reproduction quality of the lens. This is because of a digital image chip's smaller area, which means finer details in a scene are squeezed into a smaller image recording area, as well as their sensitivity to color fringes.

But Rodenstock's digitally-specific lenses such as this Apo-Sironar digital provide image quality which allows the maximum capacity of a digital back to be realized. The lens utilizes every technological possibility to get as close as possible to the absolute limits of diffraction-determined resolution, even accounting for the properties and thickness of a CCD's protective glass. With the Apo-Sironar digital, you can use digital backs with pixel sizes even smaller than 10µ.

This lens is recommended for use at apertures of f/8 - 11; you should primarily use your camera's movements to control the depth of field. Given its 180mm focal length (which allows plenty of space) and because it benefits from superior optical design without any needed concessions for an SLR camera's mirror box, this 180mm Sironar's commonly adapted for use with DSLR cameras as a specialist for portraiture and products. Its remarkable resolution can produce results impossible to achieve with an SLR system lens.

Extreme high resolution lens specifically for digital backs as large as 72x96mm
Produces extremely fine, uniform 150mm image circle
Appropriate for use with digital-specific large format systems and DSLR cameras as the image receiver
Telephoto view with 45° coverage
Apochromatic design to eliminate color fringing
Ideal working aperture range of f/8-11
Accepts 67mm threaded filters
70mm push-on mount diameter
Rear barrel diameter of 60mm
Copal #1 shutter
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture Range f/5.6 - 64
Covering Power 45°
Optical Configuration Groups: 6 Elements: 8
Flange Focal Distance 177 mm
Image Circle 150 mm @ f/22
Shutter Copal #1
Shutter Speeds 1 / 400 to 1 second B, T
Slip-On Cap Size Front: 70 mm
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Overall Length 2.44" (62  mm)
Dimensions (DxL) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight 14.46 oz (410 g)
Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar digital Lens
  • Copal #1 Shutter
  • 70mm Push-On Front Cap
  • 60mm Push-On Rear Cap
  • Lifetime Limited Manufacturer's Warranty

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    Rodenstock180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar digital Lens

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    The lens was worth the upgrade

    By George Lynn

    from Texas City, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer


    • Accurately Described
    • A step above all else
    • Lifetime Warranty
    • Perfect for digital work


    • Already had the Sironar-S

    Best Uses

    • Scanning or digital backs

    Comments about Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar digital Lens:

    We use a 384 megapixel, 72x96mm scanning back on a Cambo Ultima 4x5 camera. Our previous lens was the Rodenstock 180mm Sironar-S made for film. We purchased the Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S years ago and always felt we had good results; but we are finding that the Sironar Digital has taken us a step closer to being perfect (I know, it is an elusive ideal). The biggest plus is that corner to corner focus is sharper, and the detail at F/8 is much sharper. Color fringes along edges are gone. We've made comparative scans using both the 180mm Sironar-S and the 180mm Sironar Digital, and the Digital wins every time. Granted, they are both excellent lenses, and some improvements are marginal, but we feel they are worth the cost. You will still need to sharpen, but you will see excellent results with the Digital, whereas the Sironar-S always left something to be desired. Did we HAVE to Have it? No, but in our business every incremental advantage adds up to make us the best.

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    Very Nice

    By Pete

    from St. Louis, MO

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer


    • Lightweight


      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar digital Lens:

      Used with a Horseman LD and Canon 5D for stand alone images and shift only panoramas. My comments on the Rodenstock 105mm f/5.6 Digital APO Sironar (see review by Pete, 6/17/08) apply to this one as well.
      I do want to add, however, that none of the lenses in this series is large, and most are quite small (many are dinky little things). I don't understand why these lenses can't be made much larger, thus allowing for f/4 in the 180, and maybe even f/2.8 in the shorter focal lengths. The additional size and weight required would still not make them very big or heavy. Thus focusing would be much easier for all of us, with the additional light.

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