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The R3a was released in Japan today. I'll be picking one up on the 25th. Price: 65,000 yen (not so different from Stateside prices). The 40mm lens is available in multi-coat and single-coat versions and is priced at 44,000 yen (this is considerably different than Gandy's price). I wonder why the lenses are much more expensive here in Japan. I'd love to get one here in Tokyo but I'm starting to think it would be better to just order one through Gandy. Anyway, just thought I'd let you all know and will be sure to post some photos when I get one in my hands.
Thanks for the info, Allen. Are you going to get the MC or SC version of the 40mm Nokton?
I'm not a lens techie but maybe someone could help me understand this. The only difference between the MC and SC version is an "older, classic" "softer" glow in the single coated version? I don't quite know what this means as I haven't had the experience nor the eyes to see this type of difference in my short life. I'm going with the MC just because I want sharpness. How about you Peter?
It's not just the 40mm lens which is considerably more expensive over here. All the other CV lenses are too. Then again, the market prices don't fluctuate as quickly as the currency rates do.
You have it right, Allen. I am interested in the S.C. version but along with that so-called "old fashioned" look is an increased susceptibility to flare.
We need more examples taken with the lenses, I think.
Looking forward to see your new toys & report.:)
The single-coated version of the 40mm will provide the same resolution as the multi-coated version. Contrast (and flare resistance, which is related) will be the difference. The SC lens will have somewhat lower overall contrast and will flare more easily. All that classic Nikon & post-WWII Zeiss (and pre-1970s Leitz) glass is SC, and many of those lenses are tack-sharp even by today's standards. The lovely 40mm Summicron-C is an SC lens.
Given the f/1.4 maximum aperture I'd probably opt for the multi-coated version's extra protection against flare. Then again most of my favorite RF lenses are SC and I've managed just fine with them.
All that classic Nikon & post-WWII Zeiss (and pre-1970s Leitz) glass is SC
And from around 1955 - 1965 many of the Soviet lenses were single-coated too. They were also quite sharp.
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