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Thread: Will this lens cover 5x7?

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    Re: Will this lens cover 5x7?

    If what you want is wiggle room, a Wollensak 159mm f/9 or f/12 EWA would work splendidly. Of course they are s-l-o-w.
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    Re: Will this lens cover 5x7?

    I used to own a 165mm Caltar. I don't know what possessed me to sell it, and I haven't found one since. But if you find one, it's an excellent lens.
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    Re: Will this lens cover 5x7?

    Again, sorry to the OP that I continue to deviate...but in response to the above questions, and as my primary format is currently 5X7, and as I've really come to appreciate the 120 (SA) and 210 (Sironar) as very powerful focal lengths in their own right...I very occasionally find that I need something smack dab in the middle of these - which, in terms of the change of percentage of angular coverage, would be...hmmm...159/160? So...closer to 165 than to 150. But maybe something like a 150 would do fine. Something compact, like a G-Claron. Or the 165 Angulon? (might as well throw a WA Dagor in there too) But I commonly print to 20x30, and sometimes 30x40 - would the older Angulon/Dagor perform adequately, and consistently with my existing "modern" lenses? Don't mean to be a lens snob...but these aspects are important to my way of working.

    Sometimes I think I might sell my 120 and go with a 110XL...in which case a 150 would be a natural to fit between this and a 210. This would also afford me a nice set of "modern" 150mm options: G-Claron, Apo-Sironar W, Schneider HM.

    Jeesh! John...I'm so sorry to blather on - and also that I cannot help you with your original question. My only response would be that an older optic of that (162mm) FL, with such a large maximum aperture would be very unlikely to cover 5x7. An anastigmat of equal FL with a smaller max aperture might do it, but I doubt that an F/2.9 would, or at least without some very "interesting" optical effects! But hang in there...5x7 is worth the effort!

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    Re: Will this lens cover 5x7?

    It's hard to believe that you're using a 162mm lens on a 4x5 Graflex RB. The minimum swing on the mirror is about 180mm, allowing a 190mm lens minimum.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Will this lens cover 5x7?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_1856 View Post
    It's hard to believe that you're using a 162mm lens on a 4x5 Graflex RB. The minimum swing on the mirror is about 180mm, allowing a 190mm lens minimum.
    The 162mm f2.9 Series XIII lenses were an option on 3x4 Graflex D cameras, so perhaps a mistake was made.

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