Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

  1. #1

    135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    Evening folks,

    When I was shooting 4x5 as a primary format my lens of choice was a 135 Sironar S. It is an exceptional optic.

    I知 starting a new project on 4x5 and am curious if there are alntertaives to the Sironar, cost wise? I知 not sure I知 able to drop 1,000 bucks into the lens.

    I know there are MTF charts but I知 interested in real world comparisons. I知 not working with architectural subjects so extreme movements are not necessary.

    Any input is greatly appreciated. Less than 20% of my work is at infinity so closer work is where these pictures will find themselves.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    New York City & Pontremoli, Italy
    Posts
    704

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    I would suggest a Fujinon; I have come to think that Fujinons are an excellent value. The 135mm turns up regularly on auction. I bought mine from Badger Graphics.

  3. #3
    8x10, 5x7, 4x5, et al Leigh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Maryland, USA
    Posts
    5,438

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    I paid $650 for my APO-Sironar-S 5.6/135mm. It's an excellent lens.
    IC (image circle) is 208mm @ infinity. The diagonal of 4x5 is 163mm.

    If you want something for close work, the Nikon AM 5.6/120mm is a true macro lens.
    The IC is 250mm @ 1:1, which easily covers 4x5. But it's only half of that @ infinity.

    - Leigh
    If you believe you can, or you believe you can't... you're right.

  4. #4
    Tin Can's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    13,199

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    You just missed a Nikkor 135W FS right here on the forum.

    I was tempted, but sat on my hands.
    sin eater

  5. #5
    Angus Parker angusparker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    San Francisco, USA
    Posts
    851

    135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    Fujinon W 135/5.6 is a great lens. Get a later one with lettering on the outside in a black copal.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    179

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    Fujinon 135 CM W - fantastic performance and value.

  7. #7
    Drew Wiley
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    SF Bay area, CA
    Posts
    13,709

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    Ditto. Any of the Fujinons (W,NW,CMW). Every bit as good as German glass.

  8. #8
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Posts
    7,293

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by dodphotography View Post
    When I was shooting 4x5 as a primary format my lens of choice was a 135 Sironar S. It is an exceptional optic.
    It depends what you mean by this. If you really liked the way the Apo-Sironar-S draws, including focus transitions and OOF rendering, then get an (Apo-)Sironar-N / Sinaron-S / Caltar II-N. (Do NOT get a plain Sironar, which is the generation prior to the -N. It draws very differently, and that generation has lots of problems with element separation because of the cements used during that era.)

    If you're just looking for a competent, affordable 135, pick any late-model 135 from Rodenstock, Schneider, Nikon or Fuji that you can find in good condition at an attractive price. If you don't like it, sell and try something different. In today's market you should find plenty to choose from.

  9. #9
    Dave Karp
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    2,954

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    The best deal on a Rodenstock would probably be a 135mm Caltar II-N. It is identical to the multicoated 135mm Rodenstock Sironar-N. The next best deal would usually be the multicoated Sironar-N. If you need an S, then you are in higher dollar territory.

    I agree with the many of the others. The best price/performance ratio would probably be with a 135mm Fujinon NW, which will have lettering on the outside of the front barrel and be marked (for some unknown reason) "Fujinon W." I have a 125mm and 150mm in that series. Both are very nice.

    If you want a larger image circle and don't care about single vs. multicoating, the 135mm Fujinon W would be a good choice. It will be marked "Fujinon W" on the front lens ring. This lens covers 5x7.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    797

    Re: 135mm 4x5 Lens Recommendations - Moderate Budget

    I own a Caltar II-N and it's a wonderful lens! I also own a bunch of Fujis--different series--and they are all good lenses, too. You really can't go wrong with any of the suggestions in this thread. That Caltar, though, is a heck of a bargain IMO.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 25-Mar-2017, 09:35
  2. Moderate wide angle lens for 7x17"
    By wiggywag in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 5-Apr-2015, 14:04
  3. Advice on moderate wide lens for Wista
    By evanbaines in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2014, 10:02
  4. moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage
    By gflanslo in forum Lenses & Lens Accessories
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 20-Apr-2008, 16:31

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •