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    Dennis Mollura
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    Thinking about buying a Raptar 135 4.7 for Crown Graphic 4 by 5.

    Any advice?
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    Re: Any experience with the Raptor 135 4.7?

    I've used this lens and it was excellent, very sharp edge to edge when stopped down a bit. Very little room for movement on 4X5. Good contrast. Very good value for the money but not really a lens for movements.

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    Re: Any experience with the Raptor 135 4.7?

    Thank you. Very helpful.

    Dennis

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    Re: Any experience with the Raptar 135 4.7?

    I like my 135 Raptar also ... here is a nice APUG thread link that you'll enjoy:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum44/3...-surprise.html

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    Re: Any experience with the Raptor 135 4.7?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Crisp View Post
    Very little room for movement on 4X5.
    I'm not sure about the limited coverage. I've nearly tied my bellows in a knot and have not had coverage problem. Great lens. I think they are way underrated for some reason.

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    Re: Any experience with the Raptar 135 4.7?

    I have quite a few Raptars and they are all excellent lenses. [127, 162, 241, 254, 300, 305 -- don't think i missed any.]

    My 162 is remarkable. I have noted that I always stop it down below 16 and never have any fall off issues. Coverage on this one seems fine so I would think within reason the 135 would be great as well. Back tilt will help if you run out of room with front movements.

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    Re: Any experience with the Raptar 135 4.7?

    "Thinking about buying a Raptar 135 4.7 for Crown Graphic 4 by 5."

    It was standard issue and marvelous, nice color rendition. The Rapax shutters work very well. The only 'problems' are getting the proper mounting ring and finding a 38mm series VI adapter ring for filters, common size on eBay.

    Good luck with it.

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    Re: Any experience with the Raptar 135 4.7?

    This lens is the same as the graflex optar; it's a nice, sharp little lens that allows some movements when stopped down. It's probably in a rapax shutter, these are amazingly robust little units. The only downside is that many examples have scratched front elements from being repeatedly cleaned by a press photographers handkerchief. But generally, if light will still pass through it, the lens will produce a decent image.

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    I really appreciate all the informative responses.

    Can anyone tell me what diameter the mounting hole in the lensboard is - 36 or 38 mm or something else?

    Many thanks.

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