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    Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    I am about to buy one of these... any experiences?? any is better?

    Thanks

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    Re: Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    Apo Grandagon.

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    Re: Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruilourosa View Post
    I am about to buy one of these... any experiences?? any is better?
    Thanks
    Hello ruilourosa,
    IMHO, in general, Rodenstock lenses has better rendering.
    Schneider Super Angulon XL 47mm/5.6, is not the equivalent of Rodenstock APO Grandagon 55/5.6, comparison is not fair.
    I know and use the 47XL. Very super wide, it's sharp enough but not very sharp and I think not supposed to be at that extreme wide angle. Consider please it's limited flange focal length and IIIc center filter. I use it with flat lens board on Sinar with wide angle bellows II, still around 5mm extra after infinity.
    Some claim it does need a center filter for reversal films only, but I do not think so. It does need a center filter even with B&W films.
    Reviewing specifications, 47XL looks much wider than Grandagon, considering adding subject size effect of focal length plus 10 of coverage, together.
    Focal length:--------48mm-----Vs-----55mm
    Coverage:-----------120------ Vs-----110
    FFD:-----------------59mm-----Vs----- 68mm
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    I had booth of them and only the 47 XL is still with me! The 55mm is not bad at all, but for me it was sometimes still to long, so I buy'd the 47 XL and had booth for at least 4-5 years but at the end the 47mm saved 2-3 times my ass for architecture pics in a small old town and also inside in small rooms!
    From sharpness point of view I could not see really a difference, its just the widest lens for 4x5 inch if the 47 XL can't do it no other lens can do it!

    You don't get mine Armin

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    Re: Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    Schneider Super Angulon XL 47mm/5.6 is the one to get.

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    Re: Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Apo Grandagon.
    I rather expected Bob to say that. Both are excellent lenses. Make your choice on necessary coverage. I will say that I have never been disappointed by a Rodenstock lens, but when coverage is critical in this range, the S/A wins. Just know what you are doing if you use a centre filter.

    Now, if you want to go crazy on 6x12cm, try the Rodenstock 35mm lens. Almost too wide. Amazing!

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    Re: Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    Hi,

    the Apo-Grandagon 4.5/55 is one of the greatest lenses I ever used.
    Mostly with center filter (Rodenstock) at f16 on 4x5".
    If You don't need the extra angle of the SA 47XL, take the 55.

    Best wishes
    Jens

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    Re: Super angulon XL 47mm or Grandagon 55mm?

    I use the SA 47 XL almost without CF it is my hero lens!

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