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The Trinar was a lens made by Rodenstock. The anastigmatic lens was made as well for cameras as for enlargers. It was obviously offered for cameras as normal lens, and despite of its three-element construction it was featured almost like a well-rendering upper-quality lens. Some say it was better than Schneider's Radionar.[1] Others say it's sharp just in the frame center and maybe better for BW-photography, maybe comparable with Zeiss' Triotar.[2]

enlarger lenses

  • Rodenstock Trinar 1:4,5 f=105mm
  • Rodenstock Trinar 1:4,5 f=75mm
  • Rodenstock Trinar 1:4,5 f=50mm
  • Rodenstock Trinar 1:3,5 f=50mm

cameras with Trinar

*Lily (metal and tropical)
*Idea A
*First Roll
*First Etui
*Romax plate folder
*Edixa 16 - Rodenstock Trinar 1:2,8 f=25mm
*TDC Stereo Colorist - 2× Rodenstock Trinar 1:3,5 f=35mm
*Boots Pakmatic - Rodenstock Trinar 1:2,8 f=38mm
*Paxette electromatic - Rodenstock-Trinar L 1:2,8 f=40mm
*Bilora Bella - Rodenstock-Trinar 1:2,8 f=45mm
*Regula L - Rodenstock-Trinar 1:2,8 f=45mm
*Durata - Rodenstock Trinar 1:3.5 f=4.5cm
*Baldina - Rodenstock Trinar 1:2.8 f=50mm
*Metharette - Rodenstock Trinar-Anastigmat 1:4.5 5cm
*Ysella - Rodenstock Trinar 1:2.9 5cm
*Altiflex - Rodenstock-Trinar-Anastigmat 1:4.5 f=75mm
*Ysette - Rodenstock Trinar 1:2.9 7.5cm
*Lisette - Rodenstock-Trinar 1:2.8 f=80mm
*Metharette - Rodenstock Trinar-Anastigmat 1:4.5 5cm
*Rokuoh-Sha Special Pearlette - Rodenstock Trinar-Anastigmat 1:4.5 4inch
*Franka Rolfix II/Hapo 5 - Rodenstock-Trinar 1:3.5 f=105mm
*Supreme - Rodenstock Trinar 1:4.5 f=10.5cm
*Kinka plate folders - Rodenstock Trinar 1:4.5 f=10.5cm
*Kokka - Rodenstock Trinar Anastigmat 1:6.3 f=10.5cm
*Lotte - G.Rodenstock Trinar-Anastigmat 1:4.5 f=10.5cm
*Bettax - Rodenstock-Trinar-Anastigmat 1:4.5 f=10.5cm
*large format view cameras - Rodenstock Trinar-Anastigmat 1:6.3 f=15cm

Conclusion: The lens was a worldwide success, over four decades. Probaly a few copies were made by Japanese lens makers.


  1. better than Radionar? discussion
  2. maybe good enough for black&white discussion