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    Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    I need a small 150mm to fit a recessed standard on a Auto Graflex, not Graphic. The opening is 2 & 7/8th's square. I would like something coated and would need to be able to see the aperture and shutter speed settings, and also have the ability to attach a 90deg shutter attachment for a release should I choose not to use the cloth shutter. Ideas?

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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    Germinar-W or G-Claron, both 150mm f:9. At least among "modern optics".

    an alternative is the Xenar 150mm f:5.6, also in a #0 shutter.

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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    The Fuji W is also in a #0 shutter. 46mm filters so bigger then the Claron.

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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    The Schneider G-Claron f9 is the smallest and lightest 150 I own and I have a pile of 150mm lenses. It is also a fine performer when stopped down.
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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    Have a look at Kerry Thalmann's lightweight lens page, he shows several candidates:

    http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/mid-rang.htm

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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    The 150/4.5 Xenar is pretty small--40.5mm filter thread, but Compur 1 shutter. I'm not sure if it also might exist in a Copal 0, since other lenses about that size fit in a Copal 0.

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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    Why not a Kodak Ektar 152mm f/4.5 with an auto diaphragm?
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

    http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Photography/index.html

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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    Neither of the two last mentioned are in a #0 shutter. Schneider limited the aperture of the f:5.6 Xenar in order to make it fit in a #0 shutter. The f:4.5 Xenar (which is older and very common) is in a #1 shutter.

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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    I have the Schneider Symmar 150 f5.6, the Schneider Apo Symmar 150 f5.6, the Nikkor-W 150 f5.6, the Nikkor-SW 150 f8, the Fuji-W 150 f5.6, the Schneider G-Claron 150 f9 and the Schneider Xenar 150 f4.5. The G-Claron is the smallest by a lot.
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    Re: Looking for the smallest 150mm lens

    I am wondering if the recess is deep enough for a 150mm lens to focus at infinity?

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