It was manufactured starting 1962 in Germany (by Staeble) and is no longer available from Novoflex. The lens became very popular due to its capabilities for UV photography. Until recently, the Novoflex Noflexar 35 mm f/3.5 was virtually the only accidental UV lens in this range of focal lengths known to work well for this purpose. It is a good performer at wavelengths down to 360 nm, but has as such become scarce and expensive in the last few years.Lens In Use
Compact macro lens (1:2 without tubes/bellows) with a very peculiar barrel, that allows to separate the extension of the lens from fine focusing. Built mainly in Exakta and M42 mounts. Good for UV and IR photography. A similar Staeble Lineogon was sold in Leica screwmount, but with different register, probably for Braun cameras.
- 4 element in four group construction
- Weight 185 gram
- Closest working distance 0.06m
- 10 blade aperture
- This lens, stopped down a little, is very sharp.
- In addition to a rather short focusing helicoid that allows focus between infinity and 0.30 m
- It is equipped with a built-in extension tube that allows the lens to be extended by four click-stops separated from each other by 3.5 mm.
- Excellent for UV photography.
- Compact and versitile.
- The focusing helicoid is used to focus within each click-stop. Whilst this idea works better in theory than in practice as the extension range of the helicoid does not completely cover the focusing range between adjacent click-stops thus leaving small gaps inaccessible in the focusing range.
- The odd design of the aperture ring means that the front filter mount rotates together with the aperture ring.
- Cost as this is a very popular and rare lens.
The Novoflex Noflexar f/3,5 35mm (Macro) is a very peculiar lens, and a valuable one in my experience, despite its vintage. The bokeh is beautiful and as the lens is so small on a mirrorless camera the unit and lens is both light and small so easy to cary. For close-up photography, camera handheld, with a mix of available light and flash, it's very good. Perfect for walks in the woods, ready to shoot insects, mushrooms, or what else, cause it's small and not heavy.
Why use this lens instead of other recent, very sharp AF or MF 50mm macro's? Because of the bokeh and the way it renders, because of the beautiful subtly muted colours.
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