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    What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    Another question, as tiltle really.

    I have a 90mm f8 Super Angulon and a 47mm f5.6 Super Angulon XL, both in Copal shutters and both seem to require mounting in recessed lens panels (might just be able to get away with the 90mm in a flat lens panel) to enable infinity focussing on my Toyo C monorail. As the Toyo recessed panels are 40-45mm deep, it is not easy to get to or even see the lens controls well.

    Is there a recognised way to mount the lenses within the lens panel?

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    Copals are usually fitted with the T setting at the top (12 o'clock), this is because some cameras use shutter release linkages. You may want to get angled cable release adapters, Silverprint sell the Kaiser ones.

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    Thanks Ian, I've ordered a couple of the Kaiser angled releases from RK Photographic, not only were they a little cheaper than Silverprint the postage was considerably cheaper.

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    I mount them so the shutter is outside the camera
    Mine are all mounted with the cable release socket on bottom, facing the same side as the dark slide opening since that's where I stand when the magic is happening.

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    I have the shuttercable almost down so the shutter release cable come out to the right side of the camera. The open/close on the top for closing the aperture blades when taking pictures. Then it is easy access when I stand behind the camera and know where everything is on all my lenses.

    A bit unsharp, but balancing on monopod at 1/5 and 200mm is not that easy to get sharp even with mirror up.

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    thanks for the answers Gents.

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    I like mine mounted so I can read the aperture and shutter speed from either SIDE. I find the top/bottom orientation makes me contort into all kinds of positions to see the settings.

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    For me as long as the cable release socket is down is all that matters. I've not broke the threads off since I started doing this. I have a 58 grandagon in a recessed mount. I extended the Iris arm and put a arm on the speed rinr that point to numbers on the frame of the recessed board. I also added a cable pull to cock it. It is perhaps the worse of all lenses to have on a recessed mount.
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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    Thanks again Gents.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Goldman View Post
    I like mine mounted so I can read the aperture and shutter speed from either SIDE. I find the top/bottom orientation makes me contort into all kinds of positions to see the settings.
    This seems to be the easiest solution from the different answers, unless you are using a camera with shutter linkage.

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    Re: What is the best orientation to mount your lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Goldman View Post
    I like mine mounted so I can read the aperture and shutter speed from either SIDE. I find the top/bottom orientation makes me contort into all kinds of positions to see the settings.
    Hmmm... I like the way you think. I may have to give all my lenses a 90 degree twist.
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