I just picked up a late Crown Graphic Special that came with a 1968-vintage coat ed Schneider Xenar 135mm/f4.7 in a Copal 0 shutter. The lens appears sharp, esp ecially good at smaller apertures, although with perhaps less contrast than more modern lenses I am used to. I don't have any other lenses in the normal range to compare with, so I would appreciate opinions about whether modern lenses woul d be noticeably better, particularly at wider apertures - f8 for example. I'm t hinking about a 135mm Rodenstock Apo-Sironar N as a possible replacement.
I bought this camera to experiment with handheld 4x5 use, and there will be time s when I might like to use f5.6 or f8 instead of f16 or f22. Most of the lens r eviews of both classic and modern lenses, such as those by Chris Perez and Kerry Thalman, first review apertures at f11, so I can't compare lenses there at wide r apertures. Thanks for your help. This particular camera