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    Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    Hi everyone! I usually carry a 65mm and 300mm with me when shooting 4x5. But on my last outing there were some shots that really needed a 150mm.
    But I really dont have any room in my kit for another plasmat. What really small lenses are there that are still nice and sharp?
    Thanks!

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    Computar 150mm f9, or the Schneider G Claron 150/9.

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    Perhaps a tad less sharp, but the Fujinon 150mm with the inside lettering would be a good alternative.

    Kumar

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    Big fan of the 150mm G-Claron, a favorite of mine for 4x5. Definitely small, light and sharp. Also plenty of room for movements.

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    G-Claron. Small and super sharp!

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    Ah that sounds like its exactly what I need!

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    +1 for the 150 G-Claron

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    Can't go wrong with a 150/9 g-claron.

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    The 150/9 G-Claron also covers 5x7 if you ever go there.
    Pete.

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    Re: Super small, yet sharp 150mm?

    Below, from Kerry Thallman. http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/mid-rang.htm

    150 mm: Of all the focal lengths, 150mm offers the most options in lightweight lenses for 4x5 field photographers. Like the 135mm lenses mentioned above, most modern 150mm lenses are reasonably lightweight and compact. Since I have standardized around the 52mm filter size for my lightweight lenses, I would personally avoid the 150mm APO Symmar (58mm filters) and the 150mm Fujinon CM-W (67mm filters) when considering lenses specifically for backpacking (both make wonderful general purpose lenses, where the filter size becomes a non-issue). Also, like the 135mm lenses above, it might not make sense to have a dedicated lightweight lens in this focal length. Many of the current models are small enough and light enough to serve double duty for both backpacking and General Purpose use. The 150mm Rodenstock APO Sironar-S, for example is light enough (230g) and small enough (49mm filters) for backpacking, but has the very generous coverage (231mm image circle) and excellent performance desirable in a general purpose 150mm lens. If, however, you are seeking the lightest possible 150mm lens for backpacking, there are some choices that are even lighter (See Figure 2.). Here are some 150mm lenses I recommend when lightweight and compact size are the highest priorities:

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    Figure 2. Lightweight 150mm Lenses
    From Left to Right (weight, filter size)
    150mm f6.3 Fujinon W (140g, 40.5mm)
    150mm f5.6 Schneider Xenar (170g, 34mm)
    150mm f9 Schneider G Claron (130g, 35.5mm)
    150mm f5.6 Rodenstock APO Sironar-S (230g, 49mm - for size comparison)

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