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    minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    Hey folks.
    I recently bought a wista45dx 4x5 camera with a 210mm 300mm and 90mm lens.
    I've shot it so far with a 90mm, 300mm and a 240mm (rented)

    I bought the 300mm to be shot wide open in order to achieve minimal DOF. But I was disappointed that, at maximum extension, I could only do full body shots. When my goal was to do bust shots.
    The 240mm allowed me to get closer but still not close enough for a bust shot.

    The 90mm was no problem for bust shots but I won't have the DOF wanted. also is there significant distortion shooting with the 90mm when the subject less than a meter away from the lens ?

    I was wondering if there was a Goldilocks lens for that camera where I could have great DOF and I could do busts. or if I got a 4x5 camera with longer bellows if that would allow me to focus closer.

    thanks

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    You can add one of the extension beds and bellows to focus closer. You can add more than twice the existing bellows extension. Depending on which bed and bellows you buy.

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    would I need the extension with the M450 model ?

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    Quote Originally Posted by anorphirith View Post
    would I need the extension with the M450 model ?
    No, that one is a monorail camera. The DX is a folding field camera.

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    thanks, are extension bellows interchangeable between 4x5 cameras ? I only see 2 wista extension bellows on ebay and none of them precise the DX model

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    Quote Originally Posted by anorphirith View Post
    thanks, are extension bellows interchangeable between 4x5 cameras ? I only see 2 wista extension bellows on ebay and none of them precise the DX model
    Look up the DX on B&H web site.

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    Hey anorphirith I'm not sure if you access to any Wista catalogs/pamphlets but if go to this http://www.pacificrimcamera.com/rl/rlWistaMisc.htm site and you will be able to check over all your options and which model does what as there are quit a few catalogs/pamphlets of Wista field and some rail cameras and a few pamphlets which go over accessories including the extension beds/bellows.

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    The extension beds and bellows are for the metal Wista cameras (such as the D, VX and SP), they aren't going to work on the wooden field cameras.

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    Quote Originally Posted by scm View Post
    The extension beds and bellows are for the metal Wista cameras (such as the D, VX and SP), they aren't going to work on the wooden field cameras.
    so I would have to get a monorail camera then ?

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    Re: minimum focusing distance (Wista 45DX) 4x5 for bust shots

    Quote Originally Posted by anorphirith View Post
    so I would have to get a monorail camera then ?
    No, they also have ones for the wood ones.

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