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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    210mm f/9 Graphic Kowa

    300mm f/9 Nikkor-M

    Pick your focal length. Both will be about the same size.
    Both of these lenses fit the criteria the poster requested covering 8x10 and "very" lightweight. You could add the Fuji 240A, Fuji 300C and 300A, Fuji 450C, G Claron 210, Germinar 240,

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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becia View Post
    Both of these lenses fit the criteria the poster requested covering 8x10 and "very" lightweight. You could add the Fuji 240A, Fuji 300C and 300A, Fuji 450C, G Claron 210, Germinar 240,
    The Fuji 240A and 300C are your best light weight / cost effective alternatives. The 450C and the 300A are inordinately expensive when you can find them. I have both of them and use them regularly on packing trips with 8x10.

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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    If "super light" 8X10 coverage is the goal, then at least consider Protar VII lenses. I have a set of two German-made Zeiss Protar VII cells mounted in an Alphax shutter. The two cells, when used together, give only about a 7 inch focal length (and 5X7 coverage), but the cells used separately give focal lengths of 290 mm and 350 mm, and both easily cover 8X10.. The single cell goes in the rear of the shutter, and I protect the shutter's front with a S.K. Grimes adapter ring that also accepts 52 mm filters. Colored filters can be used to increase contrast if needed--as can increased development. An old Nikon lens hood also screws into the filter. If 8X10 contact prints are the goal, the Protars are more than adequate. If the goal is to enlarge the 8X10 negative to more than 16X20, my guess is that Protars may not be what you want. I only make contact prints from 8X10, but have made acceptable 11X14 prints from 4X5 negatives exposed with the Protar VII cells. The one caveat would be to recommend re-checking the ground glass after stopping down.
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    When I want to go ultra-light with 8x10 I take the 270mm G-Claron.

    Another option not yet mentioned is the 300mm Rodenstock Geronar.

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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by stefanoB View Post
    thanks! Do you know his image circle?
    The image circle of a 305mm G-Claron is 381mm. High as that is for a small lens, it's conservative. G-Clarons are known for their substantial coverage when stopped down.

    See . . . https://www.largeformatphotography.i.../LF8x10in.html

    By comparison, a 355 G-Claron has a specified image circle of 444mm. But stopped down, it's known to cover 14x17.

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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    But there were an awful lot of lenses that were current in 2002 that he never listed so it is at best an incomplete list of dubious tests of mainly used lenses of unknown history using non repeatable tests.
    Well, Bob ... if you know of a better list ... please give us a link.

    I found Kerry's list to be extraordinarily helpful ... I ended up choosing one of his recommendations for my kit a number of years ago ... the Fujinon A 240 and found it to be everything Kerry said it would be. I appreciate all the efforts he made and time it must have taken. His list makes a great starting point and a valuable resource.

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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    From left to right my lens set for 8x10"
    Super-Symmar 5,6/110mm 477 gram
    Fujinon-A 9/240mm 293 gram
    Fujinon-C 12,5/450mm 330 gram
    Sironar-N 5,6/300mm 1053 gram


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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by gary mulder View Post
    From left to right my lens set for 8x10"
    Super-Symmar 5,6/110mm 477 gram
    Fujinon-A 9/240mm 293 gram
    Fujinon-C 12,5/450mm 330 gram
    Sironar-N 5,6/300mm 1053 gram
    interesting comparison! I would like to know what image circle the Fujinon 240mm has.
    Anyway, I thank everyone for the interesting discussions, I will certainly reflect on what to buy later
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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by stefanoB View Post
    I would like to know what image circle the Fujinon 240mm has.
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i.../LF8x10in.html -> 336mm

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    Re: Good light lens for 8x10

    This just for new people as closeup imaging is vastly different with magnification

    I have used my 120mm Sironar N for close 8x10 work
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