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Thread: 4x5 lens used on a 8x10?

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    Re: 4x5 lens used on a 8x10?

    You can make it work with a pinhole. You can also use a lens which does not cover 8x10 on 8x10. You just have to be able to accept the results that you get. I have seen 8x10s done with a non-covering lens (like a 127 Ektar from a quarter-plate or 4x5 Graphic) and they have an interesting look all their own. The image will be circular where you have placed it on the film and the light may fall off quickly or not and the limits of the image may be distorted or not. The pinhole will also have its own look to it.

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    Re: 4x5 lens used on a 8x10?

    Quote Originally Posted by brendanbarry View Post
    Thank you both for such quick responses. The lenses I have are

    Schneider - Kreuznach APO - Symmar 5.6/210mm Multicoating
    Schneider - Kreuznach APO - Symmar 5.6/150mm Multicoating
    Nikkor - SW 90mm 1:4.5
    Here is a non-cropped 8x10 negative taken with a Symmar 210mm. However if you are making a box camera, you won't be able to take advantage of the extra covering power gained by back tilt as used in this example. So you edges may be a little dark in the corners.
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    Century 8x10/Symmar-S 210mm

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