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Thread: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm)

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    Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm)

    Hi. I am new to the forum. I am looking for a good, used 210 lens for my 4*5 camera..(it's a calumet monorail).. anyone selling??

    thank you

    xaviera

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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    If you really want an inexpensive portrait lens for your 4x5, try a minus lens over your normal lens...if you're using a 135mm, a -3 lens will make your focal length about 200mm; if you have a 150mm, you get about 220mm. You can go to a -3 lens for 225mm and 270mm. You might loose a little critical sharpness, but in a portrait lens, thats not a bad thing! Remember to adjust for the bellows factor when computing your exposure.

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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    Look for a 210/5.6 convertible Schneider Symmar. Cheap is relative but I paid $100 for mine on ebay. It has oodles of coverage, tack sharp, gives a nice bright image on the ground glass.

    Plus it converts to a 370/12 lens by removing the front element. Seems to give nice results in that mode too, though not as sharp as at 210.

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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    I'd suggest calling Jim at Midwest Photo Exchange or Jeff Wheeler at Quality Camera. Either should be able to fix you up at a reasonable price.

    Steve

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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    1. Wollensak 12" Velostigmat, with or without the front ring -- you can get them in Betax shutters.
    2. Any brass lens -- good ones are inexpensive. Go for a petzval type if available. You may have to make waterhouse inserts, and will probably have to flip a card (no shutter).
    3. Wollensak Veritar -- comes in an Alphax 4.

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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    Get yourself a Rodenstock 210mm Geronar lens. Real cheap and nice out of focus effects for background etc. Tessar design lens.
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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Rose View Post
    Get yourself a Rodenstock 210mm Geronar lens. Real cheap and nice out of focus effects for background etc. Tessar design lens.
    Not that it matters at all, but the Geronar is a triplet.

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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    xaviera simmons,

    Voigtlander Heliar 210/4.5, a nice one in modern shutter won't be cheap.
    Wollensak Raptar 190/4.5, a nice one in flash synched Alphax will be cheap. You could also look for a 210/4.5 or 241/4.5. Condition is everything with used lens.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: Hi.. I am looking for a good portrait lens for my 4*5. Inexspensive please (210mm

    The Cambo is gone, but I still have the 190mm f4.5 Kodak Ektar. Wide open this Kodak lens has a superb smooth / sharp thing going. The poor man's Heliar. (It's actually a tessar but the look is very similar)

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