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    Re: Wista 45VX/RF/SP bellows draw and idea

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Casper Lohenstein View Post
    Ja, natürlich!

    But - do we need much back movements with long focal lenses?

    Using a 600mm lens gives rather flat images of small details far away from the camera, with little enlargement in the dark room and long distance from the viewer to the print on the wall.

    And we don't photograph large houses, buildings or objects with great distances in depth, from near to far, or huge dimensions that need movements.

    Regards
    Except you might want to reposition the subject using shifts. And with an extension bed and bellows places the front controls possibly beyond arms reach from under the dark cloth.

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    Re: Wista 45VX/RF/SP bellows draw and idea

    I had a Wista SP. I thought that it would be nice to have a clamshell, in addition to my relatively light-weight rail camera.

    Two Wista possibilities . . .

    With Wista's removable bellows capability, they made a longer bellows, longer rail combination that could both be installed on their metal cameras. I bought a set on EBay and gave it a try. In my opinion it was too wobbly, so I returned it.

    Another Wista option is an extension that fits onto the Wista lensboard. It includes an adjustable length tube with a fixture at the opposite end to receive a Technika lensboard and lens. This enables one to extend a 300mm lens out in front of the front standard. I tried this with a 355mm G-Claron, and I thought that the lens was too heavy for the camera with this device. However, it might work fine with one of the Copal 1 300mm lenses. (Nikon M, or a G-Claron?)

    As a third non-Wista option, Rodenstock made a doubler that could be added to a 150mm lens to obtain a 300mm focal length. (One loses two stops of aperture using this doubler.) I bought one of these, but I've not yet had the occasion to use it. Depending on how often one needs to longer focal length, it may be an option. There's is some loss of resolution, as one might expect.

    I used the Wista SP system a few times. But, I determined that I preferred my light-weight, rail 4x5. So, the Wista SP was sold.

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    Re: Wista 45VX/RF/SP bellows draw and idea

    Quote Originally Posted by neil poulsen View Post
    I had a Wista SP. I thought that it would be nice to have a clamshell, in addition to my relatively light-weight rail camera.

    Two Wista possibilities . . .

    With Wista's removable bellows capability, they made a longer bellows, longer rail combination that could both be installed on their metal cameras. I bought a set on EBay and gave it a try. In my opinion it was too wobbly, so I returned it.

    Another Wista option is an extension that fits onto the Wista lensboard. It includes an adjustable length tube with a fixture at the opposite end to receive a Technika lensboard and lens. This enables one to extend a 300mm lens out in front of the front standard. I tried this with a 355mm G-Claron, and I thought that the lens was too heavy for the camera with this device. However, it might work fine with one of the Copal 1 300mm lenses. (Nikon M, or a G-Claron?)

    As a third non-Wista option, Rodenstock made a doubler that could be added to a 150mm lens to obtain a 300mm focal length. (One loses two stops of aperture using this doubler.) I bought one of these, but I've not yet had the occasion to use it. Depending on how often one needs to longer focal length, it may be an option. There's is some loss of resolution, as one might expect.

    I usedd for their the Wista SP system a few times. But, I determined that I preferred my light-weight, rail 4x5. So, the Wista SP was sold.
    No, Rodenstock did not make a doubler, I believe the Horseman did for their 150mm

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    Re: Wista 45VX/RF/SP bellows draw and idea

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    No, Rodenstock did not make a doubler, I believe the Horseman did for their 150mm
    The Horseman 2X converter was marketed as compatible with any modern 150mm 5.6 plasmat. I used it with several lenses of that type. Its performance wasn't great with any of them.

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    Re: Wista 45VX/RF/SP bellows draw and idea

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    No, Rodenstock did not make a doubler, I believe the Horseman did for their 150mm
    Bob, Thanks for the clarification.

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    Re: Wista 45VX/RF/SP bellows draw and idea

    Yes, I agree with this. When I shot with my 270mm G/Claron on my SP I was at the end of the rail. The good thing it worked great!

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    Re: Wista 45VX/RF/SP bellows draw and idea

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal Santamaura View Post
    The Horseman 2X converter was marketed as compatible with any modern 150mm 5.6 plasmat. I used it with several lenses of that type. Its performance wasn't great with any of them.
    Most, it would not fit the 150 Apo Sironar/Apo Sironar S.

    BTW, Horseman, for many years, was the Rodenstock distributor in Japan.

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