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    300mm vs 360mm Lens

    I am looking to add a longer lens to my lens battery for 4x5. I used to own a 360mm Tele Xenar lens. As a single coated lens it was just OK, but the price was right. I am wondering, if my longest lens now is a 210, which of the 2 lengths is the better choice for landscape? I understand that with a view camera, long lenses tend toward being a specialty item in many cases and would very much appreciate feedback in the hopes of making an informed decision.
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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    Quick Answer:

    300mm vs. 210mm: 70% 'Linear' Dimension... 49% of Area.
    360mm vs. 210mm: 58.33% 'Linear' Dimension... 34% of Area.

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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    Why aren't you happy with your 210 for landscape? What can't you do with it as well as you'd like?

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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    Did you like the focal length of your 360mm Tele Xenar?

    Either focal length would be fine for landscape. I used to own a Nikkor 300M that was fantastic. It was sharp, contrasty, not too large in size and could even cover 8x10. Expect to spend $400 to $500 though.

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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    How ong are your bellows? How big is your lens board?
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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    John asked the 2 most important questions.
    I have 1 4x5 that has enough bellows length for a 300mm, and a large enough lens board. Out of 3 4x5 cameras. It's a mono rail, so stays at home.

    If I wanted a 360 I'd need a Tele, so you may have the same issues as before.

    On a side note you can send camera lenses out to be coated. Whoever coats eyeglasses can do the same.

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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    Thanks for kind reply. I can extend the rail system on the Sinar with an extension and the bellows extended long enough for a 360.

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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    Alan, Thanks. I'm leaning toward the 300mm if I can find one in my price range.

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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    A 12" lens is probably the best all round 8x10 lens and very usable on a 4x5. My 14" Dagor looks as new as the day I bought it in 1988 because I never use it! The 12" is a different story. I'd look for a 12" Dagor. L

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    Re: 300mm vs 360mm Lens

    I rarely use that long of a lens but I definitely prefer a 300mm to 360mm. Plus the Nikkor 300mm f/9 is fairly common and you can find them easily, and they even cover 8x10, so a real "value" lens. I think small/light 360mm lenses are a bit less common. I had a 360mm Tele-Xenar and I thought it was a crappy lens, but it might've just been me, that was a long time ago when I first started. On the other hand, if I'm going up to the mountains, I use longer lenses a lot more, and so I usually bring my Nikkor-T set with focal lengths of 360/500/720.
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