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5-Oct-2011, 09:20
hi everyone!
just a quick question, im looking to buy a horseman lb monorail camera and i need a lens board im looking at a 210/5.6 Symmar lens in Sinar DB shutter so im not sure what size lens board i need?
ive tried looking around the internet and cant find anything so i thought id join up here and see if anyone can give me anything on the matter?

i have used a sinar f1 at uni but the lenses are already on boards and im looking to order it tonight so if anyone can help me out i will be very greatful


E. von Hoegh
5-Oct-2011, 10:35
What size lensboard does the camera take? What size mounting hole does the lens/shutter combo require?

It's all there on the internet, just Google away. :)

Oren Grad
5-Oct-2011, 11:23
Horseman and Sinar monorail cameras take the same lensboards, generally referred to as Sinar boards or Horseman view boards (as opposed to Horseman field boards, which are much smaller).

The bigger issue is that lenses in Sinar DB mount don't have a shutter - they are intended for use with the Sinar auto shutter, which you would have to purchase separately. Those are expensive, and sometimes a bit difficult to find.

In general, you'll be better off buying lenses in a standard shutter. At least in the US, excellent late-model plasmat-type 210mm lenses in Copal 1 shutter are very common and inexpensive these days.

5-Oct-2011, 11:24
A 210 Symmar needs a Copal 1 shutter, so you would need a board with a 42mm hole. More info here: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/lenses-primer/ and here: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/lensboard_hole_sizes.html


Robert Jonathan
5-Oct-2011, 21:40
Forget about DB lenses/lensboards. If you use a DB lens mounted in a DB lensboard, you will need the Sinar Auto Aperture shutter which is also useable on a Horseman monorail, but will cost around $500 used.

I recommend getting a lens in a copal shutter instead.

A 210mm = Copal #1 sized shutter, which would require a lensboard with a Copal #1 sized hole. When buying a new or used lensboard, the Copal size will be specified as either #0, #1, or #3.

The lensboard itself is a 140mmx140mm sized board. Sinar boards, (the ones you used with the F1) also work with the Horseman.

You can buy lensboards from Horseman, Sinar, or a third party brand.

New Horseman board: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/23103-REG/Horseman_23514_14_x_14cm_Lensboard.html

Used Horseman #1 board: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/800622061-USE/Horseman_23514_14_x_14cm_Lensboard.html

Third party brand (Bromwell): http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/67553-REG/Bromwell_1431_140_x_140mm_Lensboard.html

Or go on eBay for 5 zillion used boards.