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    moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    What is the best moderate wide lens (110 - 135) that gives the best coverage. I just love tilting and shifting. price is kinda an issue, sub $600, but I don't mind if it's older...just as long as the shutter works and the glass is clean.

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    Best coverage for what??

    The Nikon 120mm SW will cover 8x10.

    The 110XL will basically also.

    The Fuji 120SW covers less.

    The Fuji 135mm -W would have lots of coverage for 4x5 and be a fraction of the others in price.

    But how much coverage do you really need?

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    sorry, for 4 x 5

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    A 121 super angulon should be well under your price. The later multicoated 120 mm model too. Both are a bit large and heavy for regular 4x5 use, but if you need the movements they are a cheap high quality option. I've done a couple of stitched panoramas with my 121, using shift to put two 4x5 frames alongside each other end-to-end.

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    At the lower ned of the price range there's the plain 120mm Angulon, too. I use both that and a 121mm f:8 Super Angulon, and find the coverage of the smaller lens more than sufficient for 4x5" - in almost every case.

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    It interesting to see that the old 120 Angulon is listed for 83░, not much wider than a modern "standard" lens like the apo-symmar-L or the apo-sironar-S covering 75░.
    The super-angulon reaches 100░.
    To the list we can add the 115mm Rodenstock Grandagon-N, now discontinued and direct competitor to the 120 super angulon, but it is more difficult and more expensive to find a used 115 grandagon than a 121 or a 120 Schneider super angulon.
    So in fact the question is : which angle ? 75 ? 80-85 ? 100-105 ?

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    The Fujinnon CMW 125 is $635 new, with an image circle of 208mm, ample for landscape. If you can find it used it would be a bargain.

    The others listed above are better options, if you need lots of movement.

    http://www.badgergraphic.com/store/c...t_detail&p=165

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    thanks everyone for the suggestions and help. From a preliminary look the super-Angulons or the Fuji 135 (just because it's cheap) seem like the best options.

    what are reasonably prices fo these lenses? used but in good working condition
    - 120 super angulon
    - 121 super angulon
    - Fuji 135mm -W
    - Nikon 120mm SW

    the 115mm Rodenstock Grandagon-N seems a bit out of my price range.

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    Or, the 135mm Wide Field Ektar.

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    Re: moderate wide angle (110 - 135) lens with best coverage

    110 WA Dagor. Covers 5x7 with movement.

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