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    WA suggestions for 8x10

    Hi,
    I'm leaning towards getting a Grandagon 155 for 8x10, but I'm not too fond of the look of modern lenses for portraits.
    Can anyone recommend a similar FL but of older vintage?

    Thanks in advance, and happy holidays.

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    6.5 inch Wide Angle Dagor is a fine choice. Though I can't imagine using such a wide lens for 8x10 inch portraits.

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    The Wollensak WA Velostigmat 6.25" f9.5 Series III is a good value wide angle lens, but not really suitable for portraits unless you are planning to do environmental portraits as it gives an AOV similar to a 22mm lens on 35mm.

    The image below was shot on mine:


    5x7 Ernesettle & Tamar Valley @ 2100 dpi by Ed Bray, on Flickr

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    Very nice, Ed, and thanks to both of you.

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    The 180mm Dagor is a nice lens with room for movements on 8x10.

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by James Morris View Post
    The 180mm Dagor is a nice lens with room for movements on 8x10.
    Interesting idea, not everyone agrees. For a good laugh, search for the thread titled Lousy Dagor.

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Bray View Post
    The Wollensak WA Velostigmat 6.25" f9.5 Series III is a good value wide angle lens, but not really suitable for portraits unless you are planning to do environmental portraits as it gives an AOV similar to a 22mm lens on 35mm.

    The image below was shot on mine:


    5x7 Ernesettle & Tamar Valley @ 2100 dpi by Ed Bray, on Flickr
    Beautiful image Ed, is that lens a double gauss 4/4 type?

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    Wollensak 159mm is rather nice. Tiny lens. I've had quite good luck with mine.

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Very nice, Ed, and thanks to both of you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Greenhalgh View Post
    Beautiful image Ed, is that lens a double gauss 4/4 type?
    Thanks Gents.

    Ian, I have absolutely no idea what a double gauss 4/4 type means I'm afraid, I do not know very much about lens designs and implementations.

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    Re: WA suggestions for 8x10

    No problem Ed, as long as you know how to use it!

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