You can send a E-mail message to Firm WIESE Fototechnik at WIESE-FOTOTECHNIK@t-online.de. The sales price will 1,790 Euro incl. VAT. The lens has been displayed at the CONTAX/KYOCERA booth at the 2002 Photokina fair. The shift/tilt lens is a limited special edition for CONTAX 645.
John I am surprised as I spoke to Kyocera UK this week and they told me the lens may be available before Christmas or just after Christmas in the UK. It was the Sales manager who gave me the information and confirmed the price at about Â£1400 + Tax Bob.
Does anyone have any experience with the Hartblei 3.5/45 Super Rotator lens ? I understand it is made in Russia for several medium format cameras including the C645. I have seen it recomended on a web site, but wonder if anyone is familiar with it's level of quality or lack thereof.
I have the Hartblei Super Rotator lens. I bought it directly from Hartblei in Ukrainia. I have not had much time to work with it as our weather here in Minnesota is still chilly. I emailed the company and arranged for payment. About 2 weeks later I received the lens. It is a beautiful lens. Very well built (excellent fit and finish). All manual operation. The owners instructions are clear and concise. Mine came packaged with a case and the lens hood (which I ordered). The lens fits the 645 like a glove. It rotates in so many directions that I can't conceive of a distortion angle that it cannot correct. Of course this is my first shift/tilt lens. I'm sorry that I don't have ex&les to share with you. I would recommend contacting Michael Riechmann at
regarding his experience. Michael wrote an in-depth review on the lens that is excellent. FYI...I noticed some negative comments about Michael in the forum from a forum member that I really respect (because his posts/advice have really helped me). Here is my 2 cents...Here is what I can say about luminous-landscape.com and Michael Reichmann....Look at his work and judge his ability...then look at his website...He has the guts and maybe the incentive (who cares) to produce art and to write reviews. He shares the reviews and techniques openly. The quality of the information he provides is excellent. Whether you agree with him or not, he makes good points. I have used his reviews and conversed with him by email and he has helped me bring my production to a level that I could not have achieved in the timeframe that I have. I would suggest that before we rip on other photographers we stop and think about the fact that there are multiple audiences at multiple levels on this forum and some users may find value in what others have to offer. Unless someone is a troll or offers information that is seriously flawed, I'd suggest that you lay off. He has been at it for a long time. This is just an opinion.