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    Question Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    Iím looking to expand my lens arsenal, Iíve noticed lately a lot of my shots requires some sort of cropping after development and subjects that I canít easily get to. Does anyone have any recommendations for longer lenses.

    Iíve been looking at the 1200mm Nikkor T ED lens which is nice since the back elements for different lengths.

    But I wanted to ask more experienced folks in this matter.

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    Re: Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    What you have to decide first is whether you want a telephoto (less bellows draw, less coverage, higher price) or a regular/normal lens (more coverage, more bellows draw needed, and usually less expensive).

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    Re: Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    What can your current camera accommodate/support for lenses?

    Does the camera have enough extension/bellows for a really long lens ala 1200mm that is NOT a telephoto design.. as in this example.
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    Or does the camera have limited extension/bellows extension ala field folder. This IS the deciding factor to what lens can be used on your current view camera.

    Keep these number in mind, your current camera must accomodate these distances plus some extra for focus margin.

    The flange-to-focal (ftf) distances for infinity focus of your Nikkor-T-ED lenses are:

    600mm T-ED ftf = 409.2mm (16.1")
    800mm T-ED ftf = 527.4mm (20.8")
    1200mm T-ED ftf = 755.7mm (29.8")


    Bernice


    Quote Originally Posted by jesse1996 View Post
    Iím looking to expand my lens arsenal, Iíve noticed lately a lot of my shots requires some sort of cropping after development and subjects that I canít easily get to. Does anyone have any recommendations for longer lenses.

    Iíve been looking at the 1200mm Nikkor T ED lens which is nice since the back elements for different lengths.

    But I wanted to ask more experienced folks in this matter.

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    Re: Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    ...and what size film are you shooting?
    there are several recent threads on this site about the use of very long lenses, including some actual pictures. It's worth reading through them.

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    Re: Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    I seldom use my rare Jena Tessar 900mm f9

    It weighs a lot, needs very stout camera with long bellows especially in studio

    I use a big Packard shutter

    and shoot 11X14
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    Re: Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    I seldom use my rare Jena Tessar 900mm f9 It weighs a lot, needs very stout camera with long bellows especially in studio
    The one your message links to is in brass (and looks uncoated). Those are really heavy. I have a later one in Aluminum, and its weight is much more reasonable.

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    Re: Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    Good for you!

    I bought what I could at that time, works fine on my Studio 11X14 Deardorff

    I may have a BIGGER box in the works, it covers 24X36"


    Quote Originally Posted by ridax View Post
    The one your message links to is in brass (and looks uncoated). Those are really heavy. I have a later one in Aluminum, and its weight is much more reasonable.
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    Re: Searching for super long lenses 600mm plus

    I'm interested in things one might photograph with these lenses. I know some of Feininger's work but more recent super-long-LF images, not that familiar.

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