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Thread: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

    The problem with the Q 300 is that it's likely to be in an older no.3S Copal - a fine shutter, but darn bulkier and heavier than the late no.1 shutter the 300M is in. So yeah, double check the shutter specifics first.

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    Re: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    The Nikon M 300mm F/9 lens mentioned above is a peach. There are three buy-it-nows for less than $400. One as low as $350.


    A 300M for $350? Damn--I just bought it! I've always wanted one but they usually go for ~$450. Guess I need to sell my Rodenstock 300mm f9 (Copal shutter) now.


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    Re: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

    OK. Thanks everyone, that's plenty of food for thought for sure. Will keep my eyes open for a Nikkor.

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    Re: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

    Not sure how uncommon they are, but I have Nikkor Q 300 in Copal 1. It's a fine lens and I actually like the single coating.
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    Re: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

    If by any chance you haven't read it, on the LF Home Page, down under "Lenses," take a look at the article on "Modern Lenses for 4x5 Field Work." Since no one makes LF lenses any more, you will be buying on the used market, and while the article is old, the choices from Mssrs. Sparks and Thalman are still relevant.

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    Re: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

    The difference between a single coated Q and multicoated M is probably negligible for most purposes. But I happen to keep both a 250/9 G-Claron (a single-coated lens series) as well as a very similar design, except multicoated, Fuji 240A. For black and white work the difference is almost imperceptible. But when it comes to color negs which sometimes have too little contrast, and color chromes, which sometimes have too much, the slight contrast bias between these two respective lenses is a valuable option.

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    Re: Suggestions for small, light 2-300mm 5"x4" lens needed.

    I have two Nikkor Q 300 lenses. One in a Copal #1 and one in a Copal #3. I also like the single coat versions. The smaller shutter version is much lighter though.
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