Retro focusing lenses for discerning photographers
2015 marks the 125th anniversary of ZEISS camera lenses. It has been a period characterized by the development of countless camera lenses, both standard and legendary, that enjoy an excellent reputation to this day.
In 1950, both ZEISS and Angénieux submitted patent applications for one of these developments, the retro focusing lens, which was and still is one of the underlying design principles for camera lenses. At ZEISS in Jena, this design received the name Flektogon and was initially used primarily for wide-angle lenses. The equivalent from Oberkochen, initially developed in 1952 for the Hasselblad, was known as Distagon.
Czech photographer Tomáš Paulus loves using the Flektogon MC 4/50 in the Pentagon Six for his current projects. The black-and-white medium-format negative is then used as the basis for reproducing templates for large-format, premium-quality prints in line with the rubber printing technique and bromoil process, which are impressive on account of their exceptional contrast rendition with subtle tonality and high definition. Time and again, the photographer is impressed by the image quality of his lens, which is more than 40 years old, and has found the precise tool to match his photographic needs.
Besides the maximum definition it offers, it is above all the depth of field and the harmonious transitions from crisp to blurred that truly inspire the photographer.
The state-of-the-art lens descendants, which feature Distagon “genes”, are two Otus lenses, confidently termed “the best lenses in the world.” With this range of high-end lenses, ZEISS has exceeded the expectations of even the most discerning photographers. In next to no time, the Otus 1.4/55 and the Otus 1.4/28 featuring Distagon lenses have become a dream come true for many.
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