I am facing this dilemna from quite a while. What long or tele lens shall I get to complement my longer which is actually a 360 Apo-Ronar.
First thought was the 450 FujinonC, but I have been advised, and I agree with th at, that it is too close to the 360mm. The 500 Nikkor was my next choice, after I struggled enough with the price issue. But I had a chance to borrow one and t o make a few shots and I must say: they left me on my hunger for a lens of that price. A Congo Yamasaki 500 bought almost incidentally showed me that there is n o cheap miracle. Although sharper than the Nikkor, the lens was not really cover ing the 4x5 format.
Now what have we left? A huge Nikkor T600, said to be a good performer, a Fujino n T 600, more reasonable but still big and of performances unknown to me, and if I buy an extension to my camera, I could use an Apo-Ronar 480, very sharp but b ig also and perhaps a bit short, or at half the weight, a Fujinon C 600. My use for the lens will be primarely for distant landscape, trees and so on, on 4x5.
I'm sure many of you went through this choice. What has been the issue?