Alpa Telephoto Lenses Tested.

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by marc_bergman|1, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. In their June 1968 issue Camera 35 magazine had some nice tests of these lenses.

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  2. The Camera Corner column takes a look at the new Canon telephoto lenses using Calcium Fluorite elements.

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  3. US Camera magazine has a wonder series of articles on the latest SLRs with BTL metering here is Part I.

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  4. Moving over to Modern Photography magazine we have Keppler answering a reader's letter. These are generally fun times.

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  5. Here is this month's Too Hot to Handle column.

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  6. Here are this month's Modern Tests.

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  7. Another great look back, Marc. Thanks for sharing.
  8. Am I the only one who has "Using an Alpa camera and lens" on his bucket list? I probably won't get to cross that one off, but it's there.
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  9. I've never owned or even used an Alpa camera. It always seemed to me to be more "jewelry" than camera, given what was available in Japanese and even other European cameras for less $.
    So not on my personal bucket list, but still fun to read about.

    Those were fun times- Thanks for bringing them back a little.
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  10. Marc,
    Thanks so much for uploading this material in general. Whenever you add a few pages I can easily lose a couple of hours poring through all the reviews, articles and even the ads—I love it all.

    Thanks especially for the ALPA lens tests. I’ve been using various ALPAs quite a bit over the last twelve months in the course of inspecting and testing a collection that was consigned: 2 x 11si (one black wrinkle finish, the other black chrome); an ALPA Alnea 5; and an ALPA 9d. As well as a number of different lenses including the three main versions of the Kern 50mm Switar/Macro-Switar; Angenieux 28mm Retrofocus f/3.5, 90mm Alfitar f/2.5 and 180mm Alitar f/4.5; Schacht 35mm Alpagon f/3.5; and Kinoptik 100mm Apochromat f/2.

    I also brought home a new to me camera today—an ALPA 11si in chrome finish from 1976. It joins an Alnea 7 RSLR I am planning to rejuvenate later this year. The 11si is basically working but with a shutter tapering half a stop or so across the gate. I can rectify this, and time permitting will do so in the next month, before a forthcoming holiday trip I would very much like to do with an ALPA on hand.

    I also own the following ALPA bayonet lenses: Kern 50mm Switar f/1.8; Schneider 35mm PA-Curtagon f/4; and the big Schneider 80–240mm Tele-Variogon f/4. A genuine ALPA “autobag” adapter adds much versatility by permitting the use of my lenses in the Zeiss 42mm screw mount, if desired.

    They are technically interesting cameras. Some of the most solid I have ever held, unique designs and memorable to shoot with. The only other 35mm SLRs I’ve ever used that can compare are Exaktas, which happen to share the front mounted shutter release and aperture actuation that many of the ALPA lenses utilise.

    For the record the 7 is the most interesting, technically though I have not used it yet; the 5 has the best “feel” of quality; the 9d is the heaviest; the Prisma, prettiest; and the 11si the best to actually shoot with. At least that’s how I’ve found them.

    Like so many of us who visit this forum I am attracted to unusual, uncommon and interesting designs. The ALPAs tick all these boxes. But one of the most important contributors to image quality is arguably the lens involved. The numbers shown in Marc’s linked test say everything that needs to be said about why I grabbed the chance to own some for little outlay when I had it.
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  11. m42dave

    m42dave Dave E.

    There are a couple of Kinoptik 100 f/2's on eBay starting at $6,000, if anyone is interested. Or $600 just for the lens hood. :eek:

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