126 Instamatic Reflex -- Which Lens?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Michael Benveniste, Oct 14, 2003.

  1. Which is the most desirable lens for an Instamatic 126 reflex camera,
    the 50mm f/1.9, the 50mm f/2.8, or the 45mm f/2.8?

    And before anyone says anything about being off-topic, remember that
    126 film is in fact 35mm wide. Thanks in advance!
    Michael Benveniste, Oct 14, 2003
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  2. Michael Benveniste

    Jeremy Guest

    x-no-archive: yes

    Has anyone ever tried testing those lenses? Instamatics were not exactly
    considered serious cameras . . .
    Jeremy, Oct 14, 2003
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  3. Michael Benveniste

    Roy G. Biv Guest

    The lenses were made by Schneider. And they also fit the retina reflex.
    Whether they all had the cam for the IIIS rangefinder, I don't know. I
    had a retina reflex IV with the 50mm f1.9 a few years back. Close it down
    two stops, don't let it flare, and other than at the nearest focus it was as
    good as the 50mm AF Nikon lens. The one that came with the instamatic reflex
    was the 45mm, and I believe it was a "guide number" lens, i.e., the
    aperture could be locked to the distance for flash use.
    Sorry but due to spam I can't give a real e-mail address. Please respond to
    the group with comments.
    Roy G. Biv, Oct 15, 2003
  4. Well, it is an interchangeable lens, aperture priority, leaf shutter
    SLR. The 45mm lens uses Schneider glass, the 50mm's either Schneider
    or Rodenstock.

    Actually, I'm more interested in desirability from a collector's
    standpoint than perfect optical performance. I have a Pentax 110 SLR
    and a Pronea APS SLR, and I'm thinking of completing the set. I
    _think_ I have a source for batteries, which is the hardest part of
    getting one of these to work.
    Michael Benveniste, Oct 15, 2003
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