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    FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Hello folks,

    I have a question regarding this lens --> FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8

    I don't find a lot of info regarding this lens on internet....

    I'm shooting mainly "Portrait" and have only one lens the APO Symmar 300 for my Shen-Hao 8x10.

    So I would like to know if this lens is covering the 8x10 (I suppose yes) and if this lens would be better suited for portraiture than my APO Symmar 300 ?

    What do you think ?

    Thanks in advance for your answer.

    Dom from Belgium

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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Yes, it'll cover 8x10. It's a high quality, single-coated Tessar. It's an excellent lens for 8x10 portraits.
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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    It's a thick element tessar which held high repute with portrait photographers. I'd love to have one myself. But it will be heavy, so I hope your 8x10 has a very stiff front standard.

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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    ...But it will be heavy, so I hope your 8x10 has a very stiff front standard.
    I had the opportunity to weigh one a while back - 975 grams including the caps and retaining ring.

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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    I owned one for about 15 years. It worked just fine on all of my cameras.
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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    2020-01-14 Zhitomyr region of Ukraine, 8х10 Sh HC 31 7-30 min008-01web by Yuriy Sanin, on Flickr
    2020-01-12. Zhitomyr region. Wista 8x10, Fujinon L 420/8, Shanghai 100 in HC 1+31

    With this lens you can only do a chest portrait, there is no way to get close to the model. For a large portrait I use Fujinon L 300 f 5.6
    Portrait 8х10 by Yuriy Sanin, on Flickr
    Wista 8x10, Fujinon 300/5.6@11, Shanghai 100 in DDX 1+9 12 min

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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Quote Originally Posted by orgraph View Post
    2020-01-14 Zhitomyr region of Ukraine, 8х10 Sh HC 31 7-30 min008-01web by Yuriy Sanin, on Flickr
    2020-01-12. Zhitomyr region. Wista 8x10, Fujinon L 420/8, Shanghai 100 in HC 1+31


    With this lens you can only do a chest portrait, there is no way to get close to the model. For a large portrait I use Fujinon L 300 f 5.6
    Portrait 8х10 by Yuriy Sanin, on Flickr
    Wista 8x10, Fujinon 300/5.6@11, Shanghai 100 in DDX 1+9 12 min
    Hi,

    Well the portrait that you show is a Chest Portrait no ?

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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Hello Peter,

    Thanks for the feed-back do you have some exemple of Portrait took with this lens ?

    Dom

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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    I owned one for about 15 years. It worked just fine on all of my cameras.
    Hello Peter,

    Thanks for the feed-back do you have some exemple of Portrait took with this lens ?

    Dom

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    Re: FUJI FUJINON L 420mm F8 Question.

    Alas, no. When I had it, I mainly did landscapes with 4x5. I sold it because I needed the money...and then I got more into 8x10 and regretted the sale. Anyway, here's an 8x10 shot with the 420L:

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