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    Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    Ok, I've about settled on 90mm on the wide end. It goes against my impulse, but I'm bowing to lots of advice to start wide no wider than 90.
    Next question.

    How long can I go and get infinity focus from a crown graphic?

    I'm not adverse to a tele lens here, as long as there isn't some real good reason to avoid one.

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    Dave Karp
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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    You can use a 300mm non-telephoto. Small ones, such as the Nikkor 300 M or Fuji 300 C, would be nice.

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    I've used a 500mm telephoto ... but it was way front heavy ... and it vignetted. Would have to search in the archives to find the make, etc.

    Have also used both the Wollensak 15 inch and Graflex Tele-Optar 38 cm ... the same lens I think ... both f-5.6. ... that's about as long as I'd want to go. Not much in the way of movements because of the limited coverage of telephotos but plenty sharp and useful for specific shots.

    Got good results with both ... just didn't have that much call for them.

    If I was looking for a general purpose longer lens for 4x5 ... I'd consider the Fuji 240mm, f-9 ... very light weight and very sharp.

    With my backpacking kit, if I'm going with just two lenses, I take my 90 mm Angulon and my 203 Kodak Ektar ... If I'm using mules to pack in, I'll take 3 lenses ... my 90 mm Angulon, Fuji 150 mm (f-6.3), and the Fuji 240 mm (f-9) ... that's a really nice range and easy to carry.

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    The 10" Tele-Optar is a wonderful lens choice for the Crown Graphic.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    Framing while hand holding is a bit of problem with longer lenses. If you use a 240mm or 300mm non-telephoto design you can use the wire hoop gizmo. As you focus it moves further out and frames the appropriate area. I use a 240mm G-Claron on my crown.
    I am not sure how one would frame a telephoto other than on the ground glass (yikes).
    K

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    A 90mm Is A Very Good Lens For 4x5. I Use Mine Much More Than Than All My
    Other Lenses. As For The 300 I'd Say David Is Right Their Small And Would Be Just Under The Crowns Max Bellows Draw Which Is About 13.25" That's
    What Mine Is. If You Want To Go Longer You'll Need A Telephoto. If You Want
    A Medium Range On The Long Side You Can't Beat The 203 7.7 Ektar. They Are
    Remarkable Little Lenses.
    Good Luck, Joe A

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    Bill ... I'm curious about the 10" Tele-Optar ... the one I have is on a 2x3 lensboard ... I've never tried it on the 4x5 ... does it cover?

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    Jim, per Graphic Graflex Photography, 10th edition, the 10"/5.6 Tele-Optar covers 4x5 and the 15"/5.6 Tele-Optar is the longest standard issue lens for 4x5 Graphics.

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Graves View Post
    Bill ... I'm curious about the 10" Tele-Optar ... the one I have is on a 2x3 lensboard ... I've never tried it on the 4x5 ... does it cover?
    Actually, it covers 5x7 (as does the 15" Tele-Optar). The positioning of the infinity stops is just beyond those for a normal 135mm lens, and balances just as well.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Long Lens on Crown Graphic

    It will focus to infinity with a 300mm?
    Someone somewhere told me it would only focus to a couple of meters with a lens that long.
    I've seen several reasonable 300mm lenses, so this would be good news.

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