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    Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Getting close to buying an 8x10, looking for wide and super wide angle lenses. Like any in the 75mm to 150 mm range?

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    75mm on 8x10? 128 degrees with no movements. Dream on.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Ruttenberg View Post
    Getting close to buying an 8x10, looking for wide and super wide angle lenses. Like any in the 75mm to 150 mm range?
    The shortest you should go is 120: Nikon SW 120, the SW 150 is a better choice, but it's quite more scarce and expensive, only some privileged people own one.

    The Super Angulon 120 is MC, it not completely covers 8x10 but close, it can be used. The SA 121 is not MC, but cheaper.


    Goerz Hypergon is shorter (75mm), but IMHO it's a luxurious collectible thing more than an operative lens, beyond its "creative" behaviour, it would be technically better to shot a way smaller format instead.


    The SW 120 is like a 60mm in 4x5", so you'll face lots of fall-off, I don't know if a suitable Center Filter can be found... and a CF is always a mess...


    As always 8x10" is scarce in glass choices, fortunately there is the amazing SW 120, a superb glass like not many, we should be grateful with Nikon for providing that solution. I don't have one, but it's a glass I often search at ebay, when I feel it's not G.A.S. I'll try to get one, still I do not deserve one.


    At 150-165 you have more choices, those well documented: https://www.largeformatphotography.i.../LF8x10in.html

    The Super Symmar XL 150 is flawless. The Grandagon N 150 is flawless, and the SA 165 Multicoated is flawless.

    The single way you can go wrong with one of those if it has a crack in the middle, not a deep scratch but the front element splitted in two halves.

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    120mm WA Nikkor, has to be perfectly aligned on center with the film back, lot of light fall-off but I don't mind

    159mm f/12.5 WOLLENSAK EXTREME WA, have owned 3, image quality varied between them but they are the best bargains out there

    150mm WA Nikkor, the best IMO but a huge lens to carry in the field

    5.9” No. 5 Gray Periscope, allows for plenty of movement, actually covers 11x14, SK Grimes mounted mine in a Copal No. 3 which I didn't think was possible, not made to be used wide open and has to be stopped down

    200mm f/6.5 TAYLOR-HOBSON Cooke Series VIIB WIDE ANGLE ANASTIGMAT, allows for plenty of movement, actually covers 11x14, my favorite

    210mm Fujinon W & Nikkor W f/5.6, a pleasure to use at close distances

    250mm f/6.7 Fujinon-W COPAL, inside lettering

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    If you are looking for a field camera lens, some 4x5 lenses may work for you if you don't mind cropping the corners. I use this inexpensive Fuji 125. I don't really 'crop' it because I usually have the enlarging easel set to lop off a centimeter all the way around the image, regardless of the camera's taking lens.
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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Was curious as to how wide I could go. I tend to shoot very wide images of landscapes like 80 degree field of view which is 75mm on 4x5, double that on 8x10. But that gets into other things like distortion which is not really issue on 4x5. Even considered 47mm on 4x5.

    I was thinking 150mm would be a good choice for uw on 8x10. 120mm would be interesting.

    I was looking on ebay and lenses are there but need to be sure image circle is large enough. My other yse aside from landscapes would be architecture and portraits so those would be much longer lenses.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    I have an 8x10 box camera built around the 120mm Super-Angulon. Stop way down - I'll usually work at f/45 or f/64 - and it can more or less eke out 8x10, especially if your point of focus is short of infinity. Full disclosure re the standard for judging "covers the format": I shoot for contact printing and can't tell you how well the far corners will hold up for those who are trying to enlarge to wall-size. Definitely wants the center filter, though, even for B&W film, unless you don't mind a heavy vignette.

    I also have the 155 Grandagon, which is designed for 8x10 with movement and, as intended, covers the format effortlessly.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    SS110XL covers 8x10 without movements. Even with the CF there is some noticeable light falloff.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    I like my 7.5" Kodak Wide Field Ektar on 8x10. There's no room for movements (well, maybe a tiny bit) but its an excellent lens, IMO.

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