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djdister
17-Jan-2014, 13:40
So as a theoretical or perhaps practical exercise, what lens (focal length wise) is your #1 go-to lens for your 5x7?

As a brief follow-up, you might say why that lens/focal length is your go-to choice.

Thanks in advance!

(the thought occurred that if I could parse all 5x7 images posted to the forum and somehow extract what lens they were shot with, I would have my answer, but that would take some advanced data mining...)

Kevin Crisp
17-Jan-2014, 14:03
180mm Schneider-S or any other decent 180. Why? It just is right about 80% of the time.

Jim Noel
17-Jan-2014, 14:09
10 3/4" Dagor

Carsten Wolff
17-Jan-2014, 14:26
If I had to name one, it would probably be my 210mm, f6.3 Komura.

But I use some other (cheap/good) ones depending on task:
Portraits/long: 380mm, f5.6 Wollensak, 10" 6.8 Conley V.
Wides: 104mm f6.5 and 159mm f9.5 WA Raptars, 90mm f8 and 152mm f3.5 Komuras.
(Everything on small, Linhof sized boards).

Vaughn
17-Jan-2014, 14:29
210mm

Normal -- because nothing in my life seems to be.

My other option is a Wollie Series IIIA Ex.WA f12.5 8x10 (6" / 159mm) -- why, because it is 'suppose' to cover 8x10 but doesn't...so on the 5x7 it goes. At least it is in a working shutter.

mdm
17-Jan-2014, 14:46
Nearly always 210, I tried 240 then 180 and settled in the middle. Maybe one of the nicest all round lens designs for 5x7 would be a 210 tessar such as 8 1/4 inch commercial ektar, 210 fujinar, some other tessar in that focal length. However lots of rise will not be possible, so if you need that then an inexpensive plasmat or a non gold ring 8 1/4 dagor would work.

Eric Biggerstaff
17-Jan-2014, 15:36
210mm is my most used but I'm finding I grab the 180mm more and more these days.

Bill_1856
17-Jan-2014, 15:39
Centar Series II 10.5/21" -- rebranded B&L Rapid Rectilinear convertible. (Equivalent to 56/112mm in 35mm format.)

Luis-F-S
17-Jan-2014, 15:43
9 1/2 golden Dagor in Copal, followed by the 6" dagor or WA Dagor followed by the 19" Artar

Jody_S
17-Jan-2014, 15:46
180/315 Symmar, or 210 Fujinon-W. Also, 8-1/4" Dagor.

evan clarke
17-Jan-2014, 16:01
I keep my 110 XL mounted on my 5x7.

Greg Y
17-Jan-2014, 16:22
8 1/4" goldrim Dagor.....if there were only one lens this would be it.
We'll see if the newly mounted Galli (thanks Jim) 240 Heliar does at elbowing in...

John Bowen
17-Jan-2014, 17:31
210 Symmar cuz it seems to match how I see

Bernice Loui
17-Jan-2014, 19:20
Depending on what is required, usually:


#1, 8-1/2" Kodak Commercial Ektar in barrel. This one stays on the Sinar with the Sinar shutter..

*12" Commercial Ektar in barrel.

*110mm Symmar XL in Copal shutter.

*19" Red Dot Artar in barrel.

This is what lives in the camera case, if there is something specific I'm looking for there is a pile of others lenses to choose from.


Bernice



So as a theoretical or perhaps practical exercise, what lens (focal length wise) is your #1 go-to lens for your 5x7?

As a brief follow-up, you might say why that lens/focal length is your go-to choice.

Thanks in advance!

(the thought occurred that if I could parse all 5x7 images posted to the forum and somehow extract what lens they were shot with, I would have my answer, but that would take some advanced data mining...)

gregmo
17-Jan-2014, 19:44
Looking back at my 5x7 shots, 150mm has been my most used focal length with 300mm second & 600mm third.

BradS
17-Jan-2014, 21:07
about 90% of my 5x7 LF photos were made with the the 210mm Sironar-N. At the time, I would also use the 150mm Fujinon-W

John Kasaian
17-Jan-2014, 21:16
On the Speed Graphic movement isn't an issue, so the 203 Ektr gets the nod. On the Agfa, a 159mm WA yellow dot Wollensack or 14" Apo Artar see the most use.

DannL
17-Jan-2014, 23:11
At the present there are two Bausch & Lomb Rapid Rectilinear elements screwed into the shutter. I believe they have a focal length near or about 177mm when used together, and 290mm when used separately, which also covers 8x10 nicely. Every time I "go to" open the camera, there they are.

Daniel Stone
17-Jan-2014, 23:56
In order of most used to least used:
240A Fuji, 450C Fuji, 180A Fuji, 300A Fuji, 90mm Nikkor

The 450C is only 3 shots "behind" the 240A though, so I'd call them an "even" tie because I sometimes forget to record exposures :cool:

A 125SW Fuji should be landing anytime now, for some reason that's been a missed FL in the kit(that I'd be reaching for almost first, all the time). But somehow I end up finding something else to frame up instead ;)

C. D. Keth
18-Jan-2014, 00:18
When I had a 5x7, it was an 8-1/2 inch commercial ektar.

Jim Galli
18-Jan-2014, 00:35
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My LBB&Co. meniscus lens.

David Karp
18-Jan-2014, 00:54
Fujinon 450 C.

Andrew Plume
18-Jan-2014, 02:58
210mm Symmar and a 300mm Berlin Dagor

andrew

Pete Watkins
18-Jan-2014, 05:50
150 & 203.
Pete

Jim Jones
18-Jan-2014, 09:38
203mm f/7.7 Ektar; sharp, compact, and light. Also good on 4x5.

Gem Singer
18-Jan-2014, 10:16
I used to carry three lenses with my Canham MQC57- Nikon 120SW, Nikon 180W, and Nikon 300M.

Sold the Nikons, and now carry a Fujinon f5.6 180W and a Fujinon f6.3 250W.

Those two lenses seem to cover 98% of my 5x7 shooting needs.

Bruce Barlow
18-Jan-2014, 11:27
300 G-Claron.

Doug Howk
18-Jan-2014, 12:47
I currently do not have a dedicated 5X7 camera. Rather I use 5X7 reducing backs on my two 8X10s. On the field camera, I primarily use a 19" Artar in Universal shutter; and occasionally a 265mm lens. For studio camera I use 21" configuration of TR triple in a Packard shutter. I like the telephoto for isolating the subject whether portraits or narrow scenes. If I ever do get a 5X7 camera, will make sure it has sufficient bellows for the 19".

ScottPhotoCo
19-Jan-2014, 00:52
My two favourite lenses on 5x7 are my 10" Commercial Ektar and my 36cm Tele-Xenar. I didn't expect to love the Tele-Xenar as much as I do, but it has continued to surprise me again and again. Looking forward to trying a 12" Dagor in this format.

Tim
www.ScottPhoto.co