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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    For 5x7 specific,

    240mm f3.5 Xenar in Compound V shutter or f4.5
    240mm f3.5 Heliar in Compound V shutter or f4.5
    240mm f5.6 plasmat in copal 3. Brands as mentioned as above.

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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    Quote Originally Posted by socal View Post
    yeah, when i say non antique i am looking for a more modern lens that can provide more depth of field and when i buy i can be guaranteed it is in good shape.
    Presuming the same focal length and aperture, the depth of field will be the same across all designs, old or new.
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    Quote Originally Posted by maltfalc View Post
    projector lenses (non-zoom). fast and cheap(ish). buhl, leitz, kodak, lots of options. image circle usually roughly matches focal length. russian projector lenses are dirt cheap but some are just unusable junk. industar-37 300mm f/4.5 is popular for wet plate. enlarger lenses aren't the fastest, but there are some really sharp f/5.6 lenses out there.
    thank you i am looking at these too...good info.

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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Presuming the same focal length and aperture, the depth of field will be the same across all designs, old or new.
    thank you

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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    Has anyone seen this...

    https://www.photrio.com/forum/thread...a-lens.205675/

    Any comments?

    fg

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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    Fujinon made lots of 250mm and 300mm lenses -- old style (barrel) or new (Copal) -- some inexpensive:

    http://www.subclub.org/fujinon/byfl.htm

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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    Quote Originally Posted by FeS2 View Post
    Has anyone seen this...

    https://www.photrio.com/forum/thread...a-lens.205675/

    Any comments?

    fg
    reinohld made (still makes?) some great lenses! he might still have some in stock.
    beautiful thing about his lenses, aside from them being machined works of art is
    he also sold Waterhouse stops, so if you wanted to stop down to 22 or 32 you could.
    there might be a lens or 2 that he made for sale in the classifieds here...
    he also made guillotine shutters ...

    OP you might also look into Schneider Symmar Convertible lenses .. they made them in a bunch of different sizes and configurations. I have a 210/370 ( it is a chrome barreled vintage ) they throw a large circle. Schneider used to "brochure" them as a portrait / landscape lens when converted. ... I can attest, they make nice portraits and stopped down sharp as nails.

    one thing ... though, when used in the longer configuration, it takes more bellows than the FL suggests. for example the 370 I use needs about 450mm of bellows to be at infinity ... with that portrait camera you have you won't have any troubles..

    there's the 135/235, 150/265, 210/370, 360/620 and probably a few more I can't remember ..
    they're typically sleepers, found in copal shutters, but wet plate you won't really have to worry about any of that ..
    Last edited by jnantz; 9-Apr-2024 at 10:34.

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    Re: Lenses for 5x7 wet plate recommendations needed

    The Fujinar 250mm (or 25cm) f4.5 lens covers about 286mm. In huge Shanel 5 shutter, or barrel. IN the Shanel 5 shutter they appear to be common on Rittreck View 5x7 cameras (the shutter was made by Rittreck).

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