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MichaD wrote:This PDF sheds some light: http://www.digitalfoto-trainer.de/Hartblei-Zeiss%20Superrotator.pdf
I'm not sure I totally agree with their market analysis in the pdf (at the very least, there is more than one medium format player left).
Going through it made me remember one thing, however, and this was probably the genesis of these particular lenses. I remembered that about 2 or 3 years ago, Hartblei was offering to convert your 80mm Hassleblad lens into a Super Rotator. This was interesting, but I imagine that few people thought that sending their Hassy lenses to the Ukraine was a secure proposition. So now, instead of converting the lenses, they have now formally partnered with Zeiss to get Zeiss lenses directly and build them into their Super Rotator lens barrels directly. Assembly in the Ukraine will certianly keep costs down, but I wonder if Zeiss will be implementing their quality control in the factory there. Quality levels at Arsenal/Hartblei are not great, and far below those of say, Cosina whose production of some Zeiss lenses have been rejected at rates of 70% by Zeiss. It will be interesting to see what combination of price and quality will be present in these lenses. Are these Hatblei lenses that use Zeiss lens elements, or are these actual Zeiss lenses that just use the Hartblei Super Rotator mechanism? From the pictures, they look like the former.