View Full Version : Dropping the Dime- Rodenstock 90mm f/4.5 Grandagon-N

18-Jul-2000, 16:20
I'm thinking about this Rodenstock 90mm f/4.5 Grandagon-N with a 236mm image cir cle. It'll have plenty of room for camera movements, unlike my Schneider 90mm l ens.

Anyone work with this lens? And, Does anybody have another lens they think I sh ould look at? My primary field is B/W landscapes. I usually use a yellow filte r so chromatic aberration is not my primary concern.

Thanks in advance for any input.


Bruce Gavin
18-Jul-2000, 16:34
What about a Nikkor-SW 90/8.0 with a 235mm image circle, and a whole lot smaller and less expensive?

I believe the Nikkor is the only slower (f/6.8 or slower) lens that competes with the faster, more expensive models from other manufacturers. It is an 8/4 configuration, same as the Rodenstock f/4.5 lens.

Trevor Crone
18-Jul-2000, 17:51
Jason how about the slightly longer Schneider 110XL Super Symmar with an image c ircle of 288 at f22. Copal #1 shutter, 425grms., and takes 67mm screw filters. Regards,Trevor

paul owen
18-Jul-2000, 19:10
Jason, I second the Schneider 110xl, an amazing lens, which will apparently cover (just) 10x8. Regards Paul

Pete Andrews
19-Jul-2000, 08:01
You won't regret the Grandagon f/4.5, if it's anything like the f/6.8 version that I use.

Ellis Vener
19-Jul-2000, 11:55
The Rodenstock 90mm f/4.5 Grandagon-N is a great lens. I use it for 4x5 and 6x17 cm. It easily will cover a 5x7. It is exceedingly sharp. 96% of what I shoot is color transparency film (mostly RVP/RDPIII or RAP) and I have noticed no chro matic aberration problems. For all but the most extreme movements on 4x5 you will not need a center weighted filter but if you do I recommend the 0.4 5ND Heliopan version. Calumet sells this lens as the 90mm f/4.5 Caltar II.