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    longest focal length possible on Sinar norma w/ 6 inch rail?

    150? 180?

    in 5x7 format, should have specified in title
    Last edited by Chester McCheeserton; 28-Jun-2020 at 18:07. Reason: omitted format

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    Re: longest focal length possible on Sinar norma w/ 6 inch rail?

    Put another piece of rail on there and you'd be better off. I find 12 inches is okay-ish using a 180 mm on 4x5/5x7, but prefer a bit more length (I think my combination is 18 inches) so that I don't run out of room, getting in closer to subjects. The clamp takes up a bit of space too, so not all of the 6 inches are available. But answering your question, I think even a 150 would be too tight on a 6 inch rail.
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    Re: longest focal length possible on Sinar norma w/ 6 inch rail?

    Sinar 6 inch rail makes the Sinar into essentially a wide angle camera. This is often done to make the Sinar more portable or easier to pack.
    Better way is to cut down the standard rail and carry two 6" rails. This way, just enough rail can be added so the rail does not get in the way for a given
    lens focal length requirement.

    Single 12" rail is not as ideal as it can get in the way unless long focal length lens is being used.

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