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Thread: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

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    Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    I have had this Wanderlust Travelwide camera from Kickstarter for 2+ years and I still can't find a lens and shutter for it Aaahhrgg.

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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    what lens does it need?

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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    Is that the 90mm angulon f6.8 ?
    You don't say where you are, Berlin, Japan or Hawaii

    5 on ebay right now

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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    Why not? On their website they say it was designed for the Schneider Angulon 90mm ƒ/6.8 and there are quite a few of them on Ebay:
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=angulon+90+6.8

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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    You could try putting a WTB ad here on the forum

    Most any 90mm f/6.8 or f/8 lens will work on it.
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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    A 90mm f/6.8 Optar or Raptar also works like a charm on the Travelwide.

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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    Plenty of 90mm f6.8 wide angle lenses on eBay. Difficulty here, potential lens to be any good (many variables can and will affect optical performance) and is the shutter speeds acceptable/properly functional ?

    Quick look at those 90mm f6.8 lens listings notes IMO, high $ for what these lenses are. Seems this camera was designed/made during a time when these 90mm f6.8 lenses were glutting the used market, very low cost and .. Much has changed since then. Might be better to very slightly modify this camera to accept a modern 90mm f8 wide angle lens as the cost appears to be similar. Keep in mind there is not a lot special about sheet film cameras as they are essentially a light tight box with one end for the film holder and the other end for lens mounting.


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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    Angulon 90/6.8 is very common, I'd argue its still glutted. I have one I don't use (actually one of my first lenses) that I bought ~3 years ago on KEH for under $100. They currently have one in "as-is" condition for $73, and I've found their as-is LF lenses to be surprisingly decent. A few weeks ago UsedPhotoPro had three of them ranging from $80 to $180 (they're all sold now). So somehow it doesn't seem like they are hard to find.

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    Re: Still can't find a lens for the Travelwide 4x5 years later!

    Perhaps the OP is asking about the Travelwide 65? It doesn't have a focusing helicoid, so needs the Super-Angulon 65/8 (and possibly one or more of the included shims) to be preset to the desired focusing distance. I got both a 90 and a 65, but have since moved the 65 SA to a regular lensboard with a 00 hole for normal use.

    There are a handful of 65/8 SA's on eBay now, though.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/drew_saunders/

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