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    Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    What's a good SF lens for 8x10? I love the 250mm Imagon on 4x5 and am in the market for the 360mm Imagon w/disks but what would be a good runner-up to the Imagon?

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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    The 360 Imagon that I use is just perfect. If you can find one in shutter, it's a very nice lens to use for portrait in 8x10.
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    I hear ya Thierry. The 250mm on 4x5 is perfect and I'd love to get my hands on a 360mm for the 8x10.

    Thoma

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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    Verito in your choice of size.
    Reinhold Wollaston Meniscus if you don't need a shutter.
    Kodak 405 portrait
    magnifying glass
    close up filter
    Kodak 305 portrait works but was meant for 5x7.
    too many good choices actually

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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    How "soft?"
    Never underestimate the power of pantyhose stretched over a lens---or gobs of K-Y lubricant on the edges of a filter.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    The Verito, or if you do color, the Veritar, (an updated, achromatically-corrected Verito). The Imagon is also wonderful. The Kodak 405mm Portrait Lens is another good choice. The Velostigmat Series II (if you uncork" it) is excellent. I love the Cooke Portrait Lenses, but they may not go as soft as you'd like.
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    I shoot 8x10 with Eidoscope #2, Verito 18", Kodak 405mm, Vitax 16" and Gundlach Manhattan-Hyperion 18" ... they'r all different. I've done most work with the Eidoscope #2 on my Sinar P2, just a preference.

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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    Thanks for the input on this guys - I'm checking each of the above suggestions out...looking closely at the Wollensaks along with the Imagon.

    Thomas

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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

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    why not have a look at Jim Galli's site, there's the benefit of seeing what's actually achieved with a range of differing sf lenses

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    Re: Good SF 8x10 Lens?

    Good idea Andrew. I'm on my way.

    Thomas

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