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    Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Hi,
    I have a Horseman FA with a 90mm, 150mm and 210mm lens and I am looking for something in the 110mm - 135mm range? Am hoping somebody could possibly help me out...

    I have previously used a 135mm and quite like that focal length but feel like it is too close to 150mm..

    So ideally would like a small compact lens in the 110 - 120mm range? I don't need massive movements either, as I use the camera fairly simply..

    Also, I hear that the 135mm Rodenstock Sironar - N is able to fold straight into the Horseman FA.. Any lenses in this range small enough to do this?

    Also, I have noticed that the Fujinon lenses seem very affordable and that one of these come in a 125mm focal length? Any idea as to the performance of this one?

    O.K, thanks so much in advance! Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    I occasionally use the Horseman 6x9 120mm lens from my 6x9 camera on the FA. The lens boards from the 6x9 camera and the FA are the same size. The lens is small and compact but, since it is a 6x9 lens, there are no movements available. My camera bag holds my FA in the unfolded state, so I only fold it for storage. I do, however, think this lens will fold up into the camera in the field. Since this lens takes the Horseman cable release, only a thumb screw is needed to attach or un-attach the cable.

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    I'll second the recommendation for a 120mm. I have a Schenider 120mm Apo-Symmar "L" on my FA. A really nice lens with plenty of image circle for 4x5. I've never found mine lacking optically or running out of movements on the FA. It won't fold up in the camera, but it is still a tiny lens.
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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Hi,
    Thanks for the suggestion, much appreciated!

    The only ones that come up for me are not designated as "L", is there any difference?

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Apo-Symmar L is the next (and final) generation of Schneider general-purpose plasmats after the Apo-Symmar series. The 120 L is specified to cover 75 degrees, corresponding to an image circle of 189mm at f/22 and infinity focus, while the prior 120 Apo-Symmar is specified for 72 degrees coverage, with an image circle of 179mm at f/22 and infinity focus. The non-L lens is also a bit more compact, taking a 49mm filter rather than 52mm as required by the L.

    LF lens sales were falling off rapidly by the time the Apo-Symmar L series was introduced, so they're less commonly seen second-hand compared to the earlier generations. The Apo-Symmar series are excellent lenses and would be a fine choice if you don't need the extra coverage.

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Awesome! Thanks so much for the responses back, greatly appreciated!

    Will hunt down a 120mm lens I reckon

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Sorry, just another quick one that hopefully somebody can answer for me...

    How does the 120mm f8 Super Angulon compare? Is it multicoated? Does it have a significantly smaller image circle? Weight difference?

    Seems to be an even cheaper option which may just do the job well enough for me

    Thanks so much in advance once again! Much appreciated!

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Quote Originally Posted by mandonbossi View Post
    Sorry, just another quick one that hopefully somebody can answer for me...

    How does the 120mm f8 Super Angulon compare? Is it multicoated? Does it have a significantly smaller image circle? Weight difference?

    Seems to be an even cheaper option which may just do the job well enough for me

    Thanks so much in advance once again! Much appreciated!
    Great lens that almost covers 8x10, but compared to the APO Symmar 120, it's quite huge.
    Later versions are multi-coated; comes in a Copal 1 shutter, but it's also quite heavy.
    Don't buy it unless you need extreme movements on 4x5 and have a camera that can support it.

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Quote Originally Posted by mandonbossi View Post
    How does the 120mm f8 Super Angulon compare?... Seems to be an even cheaper option which may just do the job well enough for me
    The rear cell of the 120 SA is too large to fit through the opening in the front standard of the Horseman field cameras. You'd have to remove the rear cell, take off the ground glass, and re-attach the rear cell through the back of the camera every time you wanted to mount the lens on the camera.

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    Re: Medium - Wide lens suggestion for the Horseman FA?

    Thanks so much! Really appreciate it!

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