I think I'm going to try to build a 14x17 camera. I may try to use all or part of my 4x5 camera to hold the lens, get nice focusing control that way, and basically make some kind of back that attaches to that...
This isn't going to be anything fancy or nice looking, it's just for fun to play with over the summer, try some contact printing which people here say is good stuff, etc. So I'm looking for a lens that will cover 14x17 (somewhere around a 550mm image circle) but I don't want anything fancy or good or expensive. I'm betting that any lens this long in a shutter will be way expensive, so I'm not even looking for ones in shutters, just barrels. I do want an iris though.
Any reccomendations, ideas, etc? I'm not enlarging, I'm not going to be picky about lens quality, the thing is probably going to be used at like f/64 to f/90 anyway... but I do want a lens, not a pinhole. There are some big repro lenses on ebay, around what focal length do you think would be the minimum to cover this size?
PS the film I'm using is 14x17 chest X-ray film. Its a strange film, blue sensitive, emulsion on both sides, weird stuff like that, but, it is a film, you develop and fix it like anything else, and you can get it at less than $1/sheet,just letting people know in case there are any others like me who want to try ULF (ultra large format) but don't have ULF (ultra large funds)