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Rodenstock 135mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S Lens

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Rodenstock 135mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S Lens


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Product Highlights

  • Professional-Quality Lens for 4x5
  • Standard Copal #0 Shutter
  • 75° Maximum Coverage
  • 208mm Maximum Image Circle
  • ED Glass for Apochromatic Correction
  • Uses 49mm Filters
  • Small 48mm Rear Barrel
  • f/11-22 Ideal Working Aperture Range
  • Made in Germany
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The Rodenstock 135mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S Lens is a 4x5 format lens for universal use which has been modified to provide the highest image reproduction quality.  Like the Apo-Sironar-N, its applications are practically limitless.  Its special strengths can be seen when complex, fine structures in the adjustment range have to be reproduced.

The angle of coverage of the 135mm Sironar-S is a whopping 75°, permitting generous shifts of at least 32mm in the 4x5 format. This allows more control over the large format image, and less limits upon the creative capacity of the photographer. Despite the broad coverage, it is still a very small lens with a compact 48mm rear barrel to permit its use upon smaller 4x5 field cameras. In many cases, this lens can fit inside a field camera when the camera is folded away.

Today's modern fully-multicoated lenses for large format film cameras available from the 'big four' are all so good that for the most part they're practically interchangeable.  Perhaps it has been more important to consider the lens' dimensions in relation to your camera's limits, or perhaps collect lenses based on a shared filter size. But in the tried and true 6-element, 4-group standard lens formula, the Apo-Sironar-S stands head & shoulders above the rest thanks to its ED glass.  This lens stuns at ideal apertures like any of the modern 6-element/4-group lenses will, but it is at the apertures which are far from ideal in the world of large format where the Apo-Sironar-S justifies its superior performance claims.  While you might be disappointed with a skillfully-crafted effort at f/11 with another "normal" 6-element/4-group lens, the Apo-Sironar-S will still impress. Indeed, f/11 is within its recommended shooting aperture range.

A compact, extremely sharp slightly wide lens for the 4x5 format
Increased coverage (to 75°) for the classic 6-element, 4-group optical design
Use of extra-low dispersion (ED) glass allows for no visible color fringing, even at edges
Brighter ideal working aperture range of f/11-22 allows shorter exposures and sharper outdoor images
Weighs just 8.5 oz (240g) and has small 48mm rear outer barrel to allow use of small camera lensboards
Maximum image circle of 208mm allows ±32mm of rise/fall/shift (in both vertical/horizontal composition) for 4x5 format
Accepts 49mm filters
Standard-style Copal #0 shutter with calibrated aperture scale and maximum 1/500th speed
Focal Length 135 mm
Aperture Range f/5.6 - 64
Covering Power 75°
Optical Configuration Groups: 4 Elements: 6
Flange Focal Distance 132 mm
Flange Thread 32.5 mm x 0.5
Image Circle 150 mm @ f/11
Shutter Copal #0
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.66 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.5 x 4.5 x 4.0"
Rodenstock 135mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S Lens
  • Copal #0 Shutter
  • 51mm Push-On Front Cap
  • 50mm Push-On Rear Cap
  • Lifetime Warranty Against Manufacturer Defects

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    The perfect lense

    By BernieF64nyc

    from New York City

    About Me Pro Photographer


    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction


      Best Uses

      • Street photography

      Comments about Rodenstock 135mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S Lens:

      I am a studio 8X10 as well as 4X5 street photographer.The street camera I use is a crown graflex. I brought this lense used as a replacement of the original graflex lense. It's 6 elements Lense design as aposed to the old graflex that was 4.I get an old camera with modern optics. The results are stunning. Sharp, no distortion, and plenty of room for movements . I love this lense so much that I brought another one. The "S" design is The same as the Previous "N" but with more movements. It has never let me down. I customized it with a slimline UV filter and a colapsible rubber lense hood. It is lightweight and compact enough to fit in the camera when closed. It has a 43mm field of view in relation to 35mm. So it's a mild wide angle. You won't be disapointed.

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      Phenomenal lens

      By Cosmozorb

      from Marsens, CH-Switzerland

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer


      • Durable
      • No Distortion
      • Sharpness
      • Strong Construction


        Best Uses

        • Architecture
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Rodenstock 135mm f/5.6 Apo-Sironar-S Lens:

        Use it with a Toyo 45cf, it's an excellent lens, really sharp with german built precision. Vignetting is almost inexistent. Of course no distortion. The image circle is big enough to make comfy displacements. You can really feel absolute precision with this lens. 135mm focal length is perfect for landscape and architecture.[...]

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