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    FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    As I need a SWA for up to 8x10".
    I consider buying the FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm ( will get it for a good price ... )
    I didn't find much informations and reviews about this lens.
    I would be very interested in hearing about your experiences.
    It is the 125 mm version not the 120 mm one.
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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    there are some excellent resources from members of this forum that indicate this lens has an image circle of 280 mm @ f22 - too small for 8x10

    xkaes very well organized and complete list of fujinon specs: http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/
    Kerry Thalmans repository of fujinon literature http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/sw.htm

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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    OK for 5x7, image circle is too small for 8x10. Image quality is similar to other brands (Schneider, Rodenstock, Nikkor) near this focal length. Not special in any way other than being 125mm focal length.

    IMO, do not obsess over the Fujinon brand.


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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    The circle will be at 16mm from the corner, you may crop to some 8x9" if wanting to avoid vigneting.

    The other issue will be fall off, you may have some 2 stops darker image near the circle boundary if lens stopped to around f/16, and may be more than 3 stops if wide open, this is easy to guess for a wide like this. A center filter may be used...

    For the rest it is a pretty good lens, of course. I've the SWD 65 and 90, for a 8x10 super wide I'm thinking (for the future) in Nikon SW 120 or 150, or SA 120.

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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    The 120mm Fujinon has a slightly larger IC of 290mm, but it is single coated and has a larger 77mm filter thread. There are other lens options for 8x10 in the 115-125mm range -- and then there always is the DREADED word -- "CROPPING".

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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    120mm f8 Nikkor for 8x10 (just covers at f22) be done with it. Simply skip the Fujinons in general.


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    FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
    120mm f8 Nikkor for 8x10 (just covers at f22) be done with it. Simply skip the Fujinons in general.


    Bernice
    Agreed on this. The Nikkor allows for no movements though. The alternatives is the 150mm SSXL but that costs more than double and is not as wide.


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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    Hmm. If you want a 120 that will just cover 8x10, think about looking for a 120/14 Perigraphe. David Goldfarb, who posts on Photrio, has one that SKGrimes put in shutter for him. You might ask David whether one like his will do for you. Or go for the 210/5.6 Nikon, as has already been suggested.

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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    Also consider the actual hypotenuse/diagonal of your film holders. It will be less than the hypotenuse of 8x10". That's the number you need to compare to lens image circles.

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    Re: FUJINON NSW ( SW ) f:8/125mm - experiences?

    @bernice loui & @xkaes: Yes I was considering that too ... my Elite film holders hypotenuse/diagonal is 315 mm ... so the 120 mm Nikkors ( 312 mm ) would work barely ...! But this would be ok for me as I don't need movement possibilities in that case

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