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    Next lens

    I started out with a 203 ektar which I like and it seems sharp. Now I want something wider.

    do I get a 150, 135, 120 or something else.

    I am photographing mostly landscape and old buildings.

    thanks

    eric

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    Re: Next lens

    I like 135 myself. But if you really want a wider view look into a 90mm.

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    Re: Next lens

    I should add that I shoot black and white.

    eric

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    Re: Next lens

    I concur that a 135mm, 125mm, or 120mm makes sense for your next lens down (and 135mm in particular if you anticipate buying a 90mm in the future.) I would be wary of the 127mm tessar/ektar/ysarex lenses if you intend to use any camera movements.

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    Re: Next lens

    I have a 135mm and a 150mm,180mm & 210mm but a have a few 5x4 cameras, but only 2 with me here in Turkey.

    If taking two lenses I'd take a 135mm and the 200mm (given your choices), you could add a 90mm later as said earlier if you wanted to.

    My Crown Graphic is set up for a 135 and it's really nice lens for hand-held or tripod work. As you say you shoot old buildings the 135 being a touch wider than a 150 gives you a little more flexibility.

    The jump from 200mm to 90mm is quite substantial, and a 120 is tending that way. Ideally you need to choose between a 135mm or a 150m, and newer Symmmar's, Sironar's etc are very reasonable prices (usually) here in the For Sale/Wanted section or over on APUG

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    Re: Next lens

    You could crop an image taken with a 90mm lens, but you can't widen one taken with a 135mm lens. For landscapes, I very often use the 90mm. But I have to agree that going from 203mm to 90mm will leave quite a gap in between. A set of 3 lenses (203mm-135mm-90mm) would be very useful.

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    Re: Next lens

    A 120 SW lens is a good choice.

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    Re: Next lens

    A 120 is nice if you don't like the "wide angle" look, but want a wider angle. Some of those lenses also have incredibly wide coverage. I have a Fujinon 120 SW and on an 8x10 negative straight on, it barely nicks off the corners of the image. I use it with full movements on 5x7 and can't get enough movements out of my 4x5 without ripping the bellows apart. However, once in a while, the 90mm is simply the only thing that works.
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    Re: Next lens

    Thanks for the advice

    Eric

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    Re: Next lens

    I have lenses from 90mm to 270mm for my 4x5, but I find I use my 135mm very frequently. It just fits "right" for many shots

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