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    90mm f8 Super Angulon

    Hi all, I have been looking at one of these lenses was wanting to get some opinions on them,

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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    I have the Calumet rebranded version that I bought via the auction site. It's a good lens - a bit dark for focusing (duh - its f8) but produces reasonably sharp images. There are a lot of them around and prices are reasonable - mid $300s.

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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    I absolutely loved mine. I sold it because I had moved up to 8x10, but I have never seen such sharp images as those I made with the SA 90 f8. Mine was one of the newer ones, serial number 14 million something. Definitely worth the dollars, imo.

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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    As Louie wrote, they are reasonably sharp, although not as sharp as some other options. Coverage is OK for 4x5 (216mm @ f/22 & infinity). I've had both a 1960's single-coated example and now have a later model (multi-coated, from the early '80s) and I like the MC version better. The color rendition is a bit truer and it seems a little sharper in the corners, but I don't want to make a blanket statement based on two lenses.

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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    I expect this will get moved to lenses shortly.

    Anyhow I'd use mine all the time except for the fact that I got a 5.6 version for half the price I paid for the F8, they are both great lenses but th F5.6 is so much easier to focus and has much better conerage thats good for 5X7 too, it is a bit heavier and does require larger filters but then most people are probably using square filters with them.

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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    Thanks for the quick replies guys, the f8 has an image circle of 216mm that seems very good for 4x5 and it will also work on 5x7 with little or no movements,

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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    i believe the 90mm f8 just cavers 5x7 as well. mine is great. i have the calumet MC version. the caluments are great for buyers. much cheaper than the S. smae stuff too.
    the prices are in the 200s for most all models (f8) just be sure to get one with a "T" function on the shutter
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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    A center filter is usually not needed with one of these, is that correct?
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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    Not on 4x5.

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    Re: 90mm f8 Super Angulon

    Most photographers seem to not bother with a center filter on 4x5. I'm among them; I've never felt the need. The 90mm f/8 Super Angulon was a bread-and-butter lens for a generation of architectural photographers. There may be brighter and even sharper lenses available now, but that doesn't reduce the quality of the old SA.

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