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    Question Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    One thing that is a bit troubling going up in format size is the lack of wide angles available, though 8X10 seems to have more available in spite some of the choices being super large pieces of glass.

    IMHO, the only lenses I see truly fit to perform well with movements on this format is the 90XL and perhaps the 110XL. Beyond this, there's the 115/6.8, and the 120/8's.

    Are these the only lenses that have enough spare IC for generous movements and does anyone have two pictures showing the difference of the 90 vs. a 120 lens on 5X7 film?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    The Schneider Super Angulon 72/5.6 XL is probably the widest modern lens to cover 5x7". It provides at least some movements, but "generous movements" - that depends on what you mean by "generous".

    I use a plain old 90/8 SA quite a lot, and 121/8 SA, 120/6.8 Angulon, 165/6.8 Angulon, but I don't have any shots taken with different focal lengths of the same scene.

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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Tjugen View Post
    The Schneider Super Angulon 72/5.6 XL is probably the widest modern lens to cover 5x7". It provides at least some movements, but "generous movements" - that depends on what you mean by "generous".

    I use a plain old 90/8 SA quite a lot, and 121/8 SA, 120/6.8 Angulon, 165/6.8 Angulon, but I don't have any shots taken with different focal lengths of the same scene.
    Thanks Ole.

    By generous movements, I refer to being able to use the lens for say, architecture or tight spots, even on tight landscape shots to emphasize not just the forground, but also get a lot of the ocean and landscape sections around it into the frame.

    How significant is the difference between a 90mm focal length and a 120 focal length on the format?
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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    This one was shot with a 90/8 SA:



    If you imagine a 9x12cm crop of this 13x18cm picture, that's just about what a 120mm would have given.

    Remember that the 90mm is about the same as the short side of a 9x12cm, and a 120mm is just a little bit short of the short side of a 13x18cm!

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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    Ole,

    That is a beautiful image. Very dramatic looking landscape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Tjugen View Post
    This one was shot with a 90/8 SA:



    If you imagine a 9x12cm crop of this 13x18cm picture, that's just about what a 120mm would have given.

    Remember that the 90mm is about the same as the short side of a 9x12cm, and a 120mm is just a little bit short of the short side of a 13x18cm!

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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    Sandy, the landscapes around here are made for ultrawides. I use a 15mm and a 21mm on 35m cameras, and 47 and 65mm on 4x5"...

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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    Among the (to me) well performing wide angle 5x7 classics are the ex. W A Raptar (Mine is a 103.7mm/f12.5, but I think the more common one is the 108mm version) and the (coated) Cooke VIIb 108mm/f6.5. The Cooke is probably sometimes easier to use, as it is brighter on the screen. Both seem to have well over 250mm IC and are also small and sharp.
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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    The 72mm. What a wonderful lens. Here's an example.
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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    Eric, after looking at your photo i agree. That is just a wonderful example.
    Lens or not, nice work.

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    Re: Wide Wide Angle Lenses for 5X7 format

    A 111 mm Protar V would work fine. (I think they are marked in half plate dimensions which I can't remember. K (6 by 8 ish)

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