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    Wide Angle RR

    I'm thinking of getting a 19th C. wide angle lens for my 8x10 to round out my kit. I know they weren't all that common and most are more than I want to pay. However, the wide angle RR lenses look pretty good, affordable, and are plentiful. I'm looking at lenses like 8 inch Darlot wide hemispherique, Busch wide RR 190mm, and so on. On the down side they seem to be f16 or so wide open. I start having trouble with focus at f8. Anybody using lenses like these? How are they to work with in the field?


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    Re: Wide Angle RR

    While they are not RR lenses, Dallmeyer and Meyer made some wide angle lenses in 1930s with F/6.3 viewing stop. 100-105% coverage. Very sharp. With patience, should find them under $200.

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    Re: Wide Angle RR

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Zhang View Post
    While they are not RR lenses, Dallmeyer and Meyer made some wide angle lenses in 1930s with F/6.3 viewing stop. 100-105% coverage. Very sharp. With patience, should find them under $200.

    I do have a Wollensak 190mm f9 wide angle. It seems to cover but that's about it. I use it for film. I'm looking for something period correct to wet plate now.


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    Re: Wide Angle RR

    Not WARs, Kent, but I have three f/14 Perigraphe Ser. VIa lenses. 60, 75 and 90 mm. Not hard to focus out-of-doors.

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    Re: Wide Angle RR

    LF photography is a bit like coaching at the college level where recruiting is the norm. But the coach still has to adjust things to the players he has each season.

    And in a similar way, in L photogrqaphy we try to make the best kit of gear we can, then make the best images we can using the gear that we have.

    If the WA-RR that you have is f/16 wide-open, you will indeed have some limitations. One strategy might be to use it outdoors at infinity, capturig wide vistas and employing hyperfocal technique. Indoors you might use tables and measuring tape on stil life compositions.

    They created images in the old days with this gear. We canstill do it today.

    In any case: It will look great on your camera!
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    I have a Darlot wide Rapid Rectilinear for my 8x10 and I like it a lot. I think it’s f11 wide open, but it’s not impossible to see what you’re doing. It’s soft at the corners wide open (rushes a bit) but is quite sharp all 0ver if you stop it down. I’ll find an example photo made with it...

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    A couple of wet plate images made with the Darlot wide angle hemisperique:

    This one was with the lens at f16:https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulba...83468/sizes/k/

    This one shows itís character when used wide open (f11):
    https://flic.kr/p/2gqZYMw

    And stopped down one stop:
    https://flic.kr/p/26RWuPm

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    Re: Wide Angle RR

    Hi Paul

    The second one really is excellent, great stuff

    regards

    Andrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Plume View Post
    Hi Paul

    The second one really is excellent, great stuff

    regards

    Andrew
    Thank you, Andrew. It is a very fine lens when used as intended.

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    Re: Wide Angle RR

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    A couple of wet plate images made with the Darlot wide angle hemisperique:

    This one was with the lens at f16:https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulba...83468/sizes/k/

    This one shows it’s character when used wide open (f11):
    https://flic.kr/p/2gqZYMw

    And stopped down one stop:
    https://flic.kr/p/26RWuPm

    I'm guessing this is the older Hemispherique with the sliding barrel focus and not the one with the lever apertures?



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