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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    l typically focus about 2/3 way into the scene. Found that gives me the best sharpness thru out. Also typically at f/32, again, for me, it gives me the best overall sharpness thru out.

    I want the 8x10 for among other things, contact printing (portraits/architecture) Yes, I plan to make prints at 32x40 and larger digitally, in the dark room nothing bigger than 32x40 (but more of the panoramic type) Bigger yes, and on back packing trips would not bring it, but my 4x5 instead which has proven excellent. I also want to make portraits that are in the 16x20 range (have had a few inquire about that) and I have made several as well, digitally printed though. Looking like lens/s will be over 120mm which I am good with, especially if it minimizes light fall off among other things.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    With an 8x10 you basically have 3 choices in the wide angle department.

    1. Buy expensive and heavy glass that will easily cover 8x10.

    2. Buy inexpensive glass that will barely or almost cover 8x10. You may have to crop just a little when printing.

    3. Put your 8x10 to 4x5 reducing back on your camera and shoot 4x5 for really wide shots.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    Does anyone here regularly focus at infinity?
    I tried to once, but it was too far away to see...

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Since no one has mentioned it yet, consider getting a 120/14 Ser. VIa Perigraphe. David A. Goldfarb has reported on apug.com that his works well on 8x10, also that skgrimes put it in (I think, it might actually be front mounted) shutter for him. It can simply be stuffed into the front of an Ilex #3.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by William Whitaker View Post
    I tried to once, but it was too far away to see...
    To infinity, and beyond!

    Actually, from here to infinity, tho infinity sees limited use.
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    Does anyone here regularly focus at infinity?
    Yeah, I have focused beyond ∞ and saw Twilight Zone re-runs.
    Last edited by Jac@stafford.net; 31-Aug-2019 at 14:15.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    FWIW, the 120 Nikkor SW is actually specified by the manufacturer to cover 8x10, just. (Nikon says 312mm at f/22.) With the 120 and 121 SA the specified image circle at f/22 is a bit short of 8x10, and we're all playing the game of stopping way down and eyeballing the negatives or prints to see if we think they're good enough.
    The 121SA specifies less than enough at f/22, yet Schneider's catalogue lists 8x10 as its maximum format. They do the same with the 165mm f/8: 386mm IC@f/22, but list a maximum format of 11x14. In each case, the maximum format is based on their listed "smallest f-stop", which is f/64 for both these lenses. I would presume they believed the image quality was sufficient in the corners at those apertures.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Since no one has mentioned it yet, consider getting a 120/14 Ser. VIa Perigraphe. David A. Goldfarb has reported on apug.com that his works well on 8x10, also that skgrimes put it in (I think, it might actually be front mounted) shutter for him. It can simply be stuffed into the front of an Ilex #3.
    I will look into this.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    One cheap option in that focal length though is a 6" Metrogon..
    There is a larger one which covers 8x10 so easily, but it is as large as an 8x10 camera. Way far-out, but somebody's got to try it sometime.

    I had a ~6" Metrogon on my 8x10 experimental sky camera with a very interesting shutter, both unavailable now after 25 years.

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    Re: Wide angle lenses for 8x10

    That looks cool. Any images of the sky you would share?

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