View Full Version : Using a Macro Lens at Infinity Focus

Howard Slavitt
24-Oct-2000, 11:12
I'm thinking of using a Schneider "macro" lens, in particular, the 80 mm, as a w ide angle lens for general landscape use for the 6 cm x 9 cm format. Schneider says the lens is optimized for between 1:4 and 4:1, but will it perform well at inifinity focus as well? I know that in 35mm format, the macro lenses are often used at infinity focus and perform very well. Would this be different with lar ge format lenses? The reason why I want to use this lens is because it's very s mall, and, in particular, takes a 40.5mm filter, which means it will fit inside the body of my Horseman VH and really cut down on weight/size requirements when backpacking. Thanks in advance for your help.

David Grandy
25-Oct-2000, 15:25
On the Schneider web site the 80 is listed as being designed of a 6X9 negative. But I wonder if that gives you enough image circle when you are at macro distances. The image circle will be a lot smaller at infinity and there is no information (that I can find) in regard to this on Schneider's site.

If there IS enough image circle then I don't see why this lens shouldn't give you superb sharpness. This lens will of course be only slightly wide for 6X9.