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    11x14 on the cheap side

    Hello,

    i plan on building my own large format camera soon and my main concern is the available lenses for the format i chose (11x14). Through google and forum search i ended up with Nikkor 480 and Rodenstock 480mm f9 as some of the cheapest solutions. I'm not looking for ultra high quality, just a decent lens to get started. Any suggestions? Will those two cover 11x14?


    Thank you very much!

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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    The Nikkor's a great lens. How are you going to expose with it, given it's in a barrel?
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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    I plan to use a cap as shutter, in the 3-30s range probably
    My concern is whether these are good lenses to start with. I've read that the nikkor is unusable past mid-frame, is it true? I'm not looking for "pixel-peeping" quality but i would like to look elsewhere for a lens if the result image is too blurry

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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    Hi

    take a look at this excellent resource:

    http://www.allenrumme.com/lensdb/DBIntro-1.html

    if you're after a shuttered lens, the convertible Turner-Reich may be worth considering, although there are (I understand) mixed views regarding it's abilities and when found it's not overly expensive.............the larger Nikkor's are very good performers

    regards

    andrew

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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    Check out Reinhold: http://www.re-inventedphotoequip.com/Home.html
    He builds nice (cheap) lenses also suitable for ultra large format.
    I bought his new 790 mm lens recently, even good for 24x30" format!!

    Here you'll find the info on what lens to choose for your format:
    http://www.re-inventedphotoequip.com...Coverage-1.pdf
    and
    http://www.re-inventedphotoequip.com/Data.html

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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    I can't thank you enough for all this info. Much obliged!! I'll update this thread every step of the way, thank you!

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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    I think your main concern should be film holders. These are not an easily made item!

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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    There are cheap hundred year old 40cm/4.5 tessars that show up if you are patient. I've used 14x17 with mine at portrait distances.

    Reinholds lenses stopped down mid-way would be nice too for general use.

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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    The Nikkor and Rodenstock lenses will be excellent for 11x14--certainly good enough to get started. Also keep an eye out for Artars and Kodak Copying Ektanons. The older Kodak copy lenses may simply be named Ektanon--I can't remember at the moment. All will be excellent, but my first preference for copy lenses on 11x14 would be the Artars. A 19" Artar would be perfect.
    For a shutter on my barrel lenses I use a Patterson film development tank, for two rolls of film I think, lined with black velvet material. Once you get the procedure down it is really easy and you can time shorter exposures than three seconds too.
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    Re: 11x14 on the cheap side

    I bet you could get an old barrel dagor cheap enough

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