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    Re: Suggestions for 4x5 Lens Sets (3 lens, 4 lens and 5 lens sets)

    Taking Ansel Adams/Fred Picker recommendations for 4x5 as 120 and 210 what would the equivalent be for 5x7 and 4x10?

    8x10 (or 4x10) would be 240 and 400 (210 and 360 for 4x10?)
    5x7 would be 180 and 300.

    Wide angle (80 degrees) Dagor, or the old Doppel Anastigmat Symmar 6.8 from plus or minus a hundred years ago could double for several formats. And they are small compared to modern plasmats with their 5.6 aperture.

    I have Doppel Anastigmat Symmar 6.8 in 120 240 and 270.

    Maybe I should sell the 121 SA but keep the 165 SA that is really huge but is good for 4x10.

    I seem to collect lenses like fine old wines that should not be drunk but savored in the imagination only.

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    Re: Suggestions for 4x5 Lens Sets (3 lens, 4 lens and 5 lens sets)

    Quote Originally Posted by angusparker View Post
    Since the question gets asked a lot by new-comers to LF, I thought I'd take the time to write up my thoughts as to what I would recommend for 3, 4, and 5 lens sets for a 4x5 view camera. The discussion is here in a blog post:

    http://www.angusparkerphoto.com/blog...x5-view-camera

    Here are the lens set recommendations below. The basic criteria were modern multicoated lenses with modern shutters and preferably one or two filter sizes. I own or have owned the 90% of these lenses above or lenses in the same range but different focal lengths.

    For a moderately wide and light set of three lenses with a single filter size I would suggest the following:

    Fujinon NW 125mm/5.6 (52mm filter/265g)
    Nikkor M 200mm/8 (52mm filter/180g)
    Fujinon C 300mm/8 (52mm/250g) or Nikkor M 300mm/9 (52mm filter/290g)

    For a wider and still relatively light four lens set with only two filter sizes, I would suggest the following all Nikkor set:

    Nikkor SW 90mm/8 (67mm filter/360g) or Schneider Super-Symmar XL 110mm/5.6 (67mm filter/425g)
    Nikkor W 135mm/5.6 (52mm filter/200g)
    Nikkor M 200mm/f8 (52mm filter/180g)
    Nikkor M 300mm/f8 (52mm filter/290g)

    For an even wider and faster set of five lenses with only one filter sizes, I would suggest the following:

    Schneider Super-Symmar XL 80mm/5.6 (67mm filter/271g)
    Schneider Super-Symmar XL 110mm/5.6 (67mm filter/425g)
    Fujinon CM-W 150mm/5.6 (67mm filter/280g)
    Fujinon CM-W 250mm/6.3 (67mm filter/510g)
    Nikkor T ED 360mm/8 (67mm filter/800g)

    If you have a favorite set and rationale for it why don't you share your ideas below.
    You could use a step-up adapter so you can use one larger set of filters.

    Currently I have lenses of the following sizes 75, 90, 150, and 300mm for 4x5. Which midsize to buy: 210mm or 240mm?

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    Re: Suggestions for 4x5 Lens Sets (3 lens, 4 lens and 5 lens sets)

    Or use a camera mounted filter holder and 100mm square filters which can easily eliminate the entire set of threaded adapters.

    The 210mm would be most common next up from the 150mm, 240mm is kinda close to 300mm

    Another way, 180mm > 240mm/250mm > 360mm.. if the camera can support a 360mm lens.

    Next question would be what kind of 210mm or about 8" focal length lens? This can be determined by exposure aperture to be used and image rendition ala lens personality to be rendered on film.


    Bernice

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    You could use a step-up adapter so you can use one larger set of filters.

    Currently I have lenses of the following sizes 75, 90, 150, and 300mm for 4x5. Which midsize to buy: 210mm or 240mm?

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    Re: Suggestions for 4x5 Lens Sets (3 lens, 4 lens and 5 lens sets)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    You could use a step-up adapter so you can use one larger set of filters.

    Currently I have lenses of the following sizes 75, 90, 150, and 300mm for 4x5. Which midsize to buy: 210mm or 240mm?
    Thatís true but a pain and the filters donít always play well and come off. I think itís better to simply stick to one size if you can.


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    Re: Suggestions for 4x5 Lens Sets (3 lens, 4 lens and 5 lens sets)

    I settled on 77mm for my filter size -- an artifact left over from my RB67 days. Works out great for all of my LF lenses with step-up rings, of course -- super wide to super tele -- even my RB67 37mm fisheye, which I adapted to my 4x5. I use the 77mm filters on the REAR of the fisheye.

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    Re: Suggestions for 4x5 Lens Sets (3 lens, 4 lens and 5 lens sets)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
    Or use a camera mounted filter holder and 100mm square filters which can easily eliminate the entire set of threaded adapters.

    The 210mm would be most common next up from the 150mm, 240mm is kinda close to 300mm

    Another way, 180mm > 240mm/250mm > 360mm.. if the camera can support a 360mm lens.

    Next question would be what kind of 210mm or about 8" focal length lens? This can be determined by exposure aperture to be used and image rendition ala lens personality to be rendered on film.


    Bernice
    What do you suggest?

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