I've search the site and read the previous post on this lens, 65mm f8 SA. Here's my situation:
I've just picked up a nice used Tachihara. With it came a pristine 150mm f5.6 Caltar. Also pick up a nice older (1960) 90mm f8 SA. All this to replace a Busch Pressman with a standard press 135mm and 90mm f6.8 Optar. I shoot only B&W landscapes here in New Mexico. Tight quarters, tall trees, big mountains. I felt I needed movements for what I was shooting.
I know the 65mm barely covers 4x5. But I figure with the bellows compressed on the Tachihara, I won't have much room for movements anyway. I figured I'd have some room for back movements. Sure, I'd like a f5.6 but the f8 runs about $300, the f5.6 2x to 3x that, plus would I be able to take advantage of the movements.
For those of you who have used the 65mm f8 SA, do you think it performed well? Did the limitations this lens have restrict your photography? I know this is subjective but any input will help. The fact that this lens usually have a 00 compur doesn't bother me, my 90mm SA also has that shutter.