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idle curiosity Heligon I.D.
Old 06-24-2010   #1
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On my lens, between "f:2/50mm" and "Rodenstock" is a red A. Does anybody know what it indicates?
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It just means that the lens is coated. Different makers used different markings for their coated lenses. Zeiss still use their red "T" or "T*", Schneider used a red triangle, Steinheil used "VL" and Agfa a red ring with a dot in the middle.

Not sure what the red "A" is supposed to stand for, though. Maybe "Antireflex-" something.
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Thank you, I'm sure I'll rest easier tonight. :-)
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What Retina model are you referencing with your question? Bob
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IIa type 016

Rodenstock lens manufactured 1952
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