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    250mm lens

    What lens would provide the largest coverage for 8x10 on the 250mm range?
    This is a range I would be Ok with 240mm to 260mm or so. Old or new design lens it does not matter.

    Thanks Luis

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    neophyte
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    Re: 250mm lens

    Of the current lenses the apo-sironar-S 240 covers 370mm. The 240 G-claron is reported to only cover 300mm but as this is known to be conservative (the 210 covers 8x10 and the 305 7x17) Id be interested in the opinion of someone who uses one. Of older lenses I know folks use the kodak 205 WF ektar and the 240 computar for 7x17 so these should be about top of the list in coverage.

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    Eric Woodbury
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    Re: 250mm lens

    Here's a list for 810 lens coverage and then a list that includes older lenses. This is a great little website.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in.../LF8x10in.html

    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/lenseslist.html
    my picture blog
    ejwoodbury.blogspot.com

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    Re: 250mm lens

    The single-coated Fuji 250 WS 6.3 has 80 degrees of coverage (398mm IC). See Lynn Jones' post in this thread:

    http://photo.net/large-format-photography-forum/00Epfd

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    Re: 250mm lens

    My lens of choice in that focal length is the Nikkor f5.6 240W. Great semi-wide lens for 8X10.

    I also have a Fujinon f6.3 250 CM-W. However, it just barely covers 8X10, with limited movements. I use it on my 5X7 Canham.

    There is an older version Fujinon f6.7 250W that sometimes shows up on eBay. It has a much larger image circle than the f6.3, and is highly sought after by 8X10 shooters.

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    Re: 250mm lens

    I use both a 250 G-Claron and a 240 Fujinon A on 8x10. The coverage is about the
    same - plenty for basic landscape use, but only about two inches of rise - rather limited for architecture, etc. These would therefore hardly be contenders for the most coverage in this focal length, but SO lightweight and crisp! (The Fuji has a tad
    more contrast than the G-Claron.)

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: 250mm lens

    Postcript- I just remembered that I also once had the 250/6.7 Fuji W. Got stolen. The practical coverage is about the same as the 240A. Nice lens, but the 240A is even sharper. Can't go wrong with either.

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    Re: 250mm lens

    I have used both the 240/9 Zeiss Dagor and the 240 Goerz-Dagor on 8x10, and the coverage and sharpness are just fine.

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    Re: 250mm lens

    As other members have noted, the Fuji-W 250mm was produced in two versions: the coated (but not EBC) f6.7 lens was first, with 80 degrees and coverage of 398mm.

    The later versions, and current EBC version, are f6.3, and have a considerably smaller coverage of around 320mm, suitable for use on 8x10 without much movement.

    The f6.7 was sometimes labelled Fuji-WS (for shutter-mounted, I believe). Though single-coated it is a very sharp lens, and with all that extra coverage is consequently sought-after by 8x10 users. You may have to wait a while for a good one to show up on the auction site (I guess those that have one are hanging on to them), but they sometimes go for final bids well below their true value. That tends to be true of a number of the lenses in the Fuji line, since the quality of both their design and manufacture has only recently gained recognition.

    Lynn Jones's post, that is linked to above, is unfortunately in error in not distinguishing between the f6.7 and the f6.3 - I'm fairly sure this was just a typo on her part, since in other threads Lynn has extolled the virtues of the f6.7, and commented on how much the lens was favoured by commercial photographers for its wide coverage and sharpness.

    The confusion between the two versions has been repeated so many times in various threads, that the error will no doubt live on into future discussions as well, I guess. Hey ho!

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    Scott Davis
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    Re: 250mm lens

    Another lens that covers in that focal length, although rarer than hens' teeth, is the Docter Optic 240 f9 Apo-Germinar. Not a huge circle, but it does cover, and is a truly sweet lens for travel because it is so compact and light.

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